Standing in Supreme Court Climate Case sought by Friends of the Earth and NAWL

OTTAWA—Late yesterday, Friends of the Earth (FOE) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) filed their Memorandum of Argument of the Proposed Intervenor in the Climate case being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) by Ontario and Saskatchewan. This filing is an important step by these two organizations to secure Standing […]

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When it comes to gender equality, Canada has unfinished business: Study

At current pace it will take 164 years to close the economic gender gap alone in Canada. OTTAWA—Canada’s progress towards gender equality has been uneven, and despite some positive steps there is significant unfinished business, according to a new report released today by a network of gender equality groups and the Canadian Centre for Policy […]

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After decades of waiting, women’s rights organizations celebrate changes to the Divorce Act

After decades of advocacy by women’s rights groups pressing for much needed changes to the Divorce Act, including by a coalition led by the National Association for Women and the Law (NAWL) and Luke’s Place, and the efforts of many feminists who engaged on Bill C-78; An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family […]

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Two federal political party leaders are ‘Up for Debate’ on gender rights – what about the rest?

OTTAWA—Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May publicly committed to participating in a federal leaders’ debate on women’s rights and gender equality in the lead-up to the October 2019 federal election. The leaders announced their commitments at the launch of Up for Debate, a non-partisan campaign calling for women’s rights and […]

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NAWL signs open letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to make good on his commitment to the right to housing

Une lettre ouverte exhorte le premier ministre à respecter son engagement envers le droit au logement Read the press release below about the open letter that NAWL supports to Prime Minister Trudeau on Housing Rights in Canada: Lisez le communiqué de presse ci-dessous au sujet de la lettre ouverte au Premier Ministre Trudeau que l’ANFD […]

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Women’s rights organizations call for resignation of Status of Women Minister Rona

OTTAWA / The National Association of Women and the Law(“NAWL”), along with a number of Canadian women’s equality groups, joins the Abortion    Rights Coalition of Canada in demanding the immediate resignation of the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose. A woman’s right to reproductive choice has been a central tenet of NAWL’s […]

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Women’s rights organization releases alternative orientation guide for law students

Women’s rights organization releases alternative orientation guide for law students L’AFND publie un guide alternative d’orientation pour les étudiants de droit The Gender and the Law Manual consists of manifestos, excerpts of articles and personal accounts written by 25 feminist students, professors, lawyers and activists. The Manual also aims to encourage feminist students and future […]

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Conservative Government Trying to Silence Women’s Groups

Conservative Government Trying to Silence Women’s Groups Le gouvernement conservateur tente de réduire les organisations de femmes au silence In September 2006, NAWL was forced to shut its doors for one month because of delays in the approval of our Status of Women Canada funding application. On September 22, we were greatly relieved when the […]

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Women Send Strong Message to Harper: Reverse the Cuts, Uphold Equality Rights

OTTAWA – Hundreds of concerned individuals, community and women’s groups will be demonstrating in Ottawa today to call upon Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reverse a series of decisions that will harm women’s equality rights. Before the demonstration, representatives from leading women’s, human rights and labour organizations, including the National Association of Women and the […]

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NAWL calls on Mr. Harper to respect International Law on Social and Economic Rights

L’ANFD invite M. Harper à respecter le droit international sur les droits sociaux et économiques In 1976 Canada ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Yet, despite having ratified this Covenant 30 years ago, little progress has been achieved for the most vulnerable groups in Canadian society. En 1976, le Canada a […]

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The Gosselin Decision: A Divided Court

The Gosselin Decision: A Divided Court L’arrêt Gosselin: une cour divisée OTTAWA – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is extremely disappointed by the majority ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada in Gosselin v. the Attorney General of Québec. “The majority of the Court did not seem to appreciate that reducing […]

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Hats off to Justice

OTTAWA – On March 8th, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) will celebrate the remarkable career of Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, who will be retiring from the Superior Court of Canada in July 2002. Hats Off to Equality, a celebration marking International Women’s Day, will provide an opportunity to reflect on the […]

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