NAWL and CRIAW Proposal for Support to Equality Seeking Women’s Groups in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to ensure that women and girls, their families and communities who need assistance most will be included in, and benefit from federal responses to the pandemic, it is imperative that there be a robust and systematic application of an intersection feminist analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls, and of existing and potential policy and budgetary responses to it. The limited COVID-19 responses designed specifically for women, have focused entirely on the critical services that women’s shelters and sexual assault centres provide. The focus on VAW/GBV is important of course, but represents a very limited and initial response.…

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New SCC decision on economic rights in the family

On January 25th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that not extending spousal support and the division of property upon relationship breakdown to common-law couples, or de facto spouses, is constitutional. The case of Quebec (Attorney General)v. A, otherwise known as “Eric” v. “Lola”, involves a heterosexual couple in Quebec who lived together for…

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What We Do

The NAWL promotes women’s equality by lobbying for change to federal and provincial laws and regulations, producing publications on legal issues affecting all aspects of women’s lives, consulting with government officials on legal issues of concern to women, and more. The NAWL promotes women’s equality by… lobbying for change to federal and provincial laws and…

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The Defence of Provocation

Along with abolition of mandatory minimum sentences of imprisonment for murder and offences involving a firearm, NAWL recommends abolition of the defence of provocation. 71% of all women who are homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner. Men are most likely to kill when a woman leaves or attempts to end the relationship. The…

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Transgender and Women’s Equality Rights

How should much-needed human rights protection be extended to transgendered people? Existing grounds that have been invoked include sex, sexual orientation and disability. Some advocates have suggested that the addition of ‘gender identity’ would better protect trans people. However, the idea of self-identification being the only criteria for protection under the ground of “gender identity”…

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Electoral Reform

In 2000, the Canadian Women’s March Committee’s published a document called “It’s Time for Change”. This document set out a list of demands for the Federal Government aimed at ending poverty and violence against women. However, few of these demands have been implemented. The lack of response to the Women’s March’s demands points to the…

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NAWL Report Card on the Throne Speech and the Harper Government Agenda for the 40th Parliament

NAWL evaluates the federal government on its responsiveness to national issues: budgeting and fiscal management, jobs and well-being, participation of Canadians, Crime and Safety, Building Stronger Government Institutions, and Promoting Equality for Girls and Women. See the Report. Budgeting and Fiscal Management: C Against all evidence, the Harper government continues to insist its previous tax…

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Thinking About How to Finance New Parental Benefits

Public income security programmes for individuals can take three forms. Each kind targets different kinds of beneficiaries and requires a different type of financing. Here the different kinds of programme will be defined relative to the objective of providing maternity, paternity, adoption and parental benefits for new parents and eventually for all parents with dependent…

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Status Report on Pay Equity in Canada

On May 2 and 3, 2007, the National Association of Women and the Law, in cooperation with the Canadian Labour Congress and the other members of the Pay Equity Network, held a Canada-wide meeting on recent developments in pay equity. Activists from labour organizations and women’s groups of Québec and several other regions of Canada…

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Mother’s Day Message to Parliament 2007

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the National Association of the Law brings to Parliament Hill a message on behalf of women across Quebec and the rest of Canada. For Mothers at Work: Improve Maternity and Parental Benefits for women living outside of Quebec. NAWL recommends that the Federal Government expand the current maternity and parental…

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No Religious Arbitration Coalition: What Have We Learned?

Measuring the success of law reform advocacy is often difficult. In assessing success, are we to look only at outcomes – did the government make the change that was being advocated for? – or should we also look at process – did we organize well, establish positive working relationships with our partners, get positive public…

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