Supreme Court of Canada Rules Carbon Pricing Law Constitutional: Intervenors for rights of women and girls welcome the decision

 For immediate release Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, Ontario – March 25, 2021 – The Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment declaring the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional is a victory for women and girls. Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta went to court over the Act arguing that it was unconstitutional because Ottawa was stepping into provincial jurisdiction. The…

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National feminist groups welcome long-awaited legal action on abortion access in New Brunswick

For Immediate Release A coalition of national feminist organizations welcomes the initiation of legal action by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to fight the discriminatory and anti-choice regulation that prohibits the funding of abortion care outside of hospital settings in New Brunswick. In October 2020, Clinic 554, the only free-standing clinic providing surgical abortions in…

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Feminist groups call for immediate action on abortion access in New Brunswick

For Immediate Release A coalition of feminist organizations is calling for the federal government and the government of New Brunswick to take immediate action in light of the imminent closure of Clinic 554 in Fredericton. The Fredericton clinic, the only free-standing clinic providing surgical abortions in the province, is set to close by the end…

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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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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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Open Letter Urges Prime Minister to Make Good on His Commitment to the Right to Housing

Today in Ottawa, advocates released an open letter urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation. The letter has been signed by over 150 organizations and prominent Canadians, including NAWL. It was launched by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign…

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Joint Statement on Canada’s Support for Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia

Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. OTTAWA—The undersigned organizations express our support to Canada for its recent position on the detention of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. We join Canada in urging Saudi Arabia to release women’s rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada, and commend Minister Freeland for her uncompromising…

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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

The National Association of Women and the Law (“NAWL”) Charitable Trust for Research and Education will today release its Gender and the Law Manual: An Introductory Handbook for Law Students. The Manual was compiled by a working group of law students from all over Canada following a leadership summit held by NAWL in February 2011 to train feminist leaders in law school. It aims to provide feminist and equality seeking law students with hope, encouragement and inspiration as well as with some of the tools they may need to survive law school and legal practice.…

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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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Harper Government Working to Silence Women

OTTAWA – Effective today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is being forced to close its office, lay off its staff, and cease major consultations and advocacy on women’s legal issues as an outcome of the Harper government’s devastating changes to the mandate of Status of Women Canada. This closure is a…

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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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Statement for Women’s Equality and Human Rights

The December 10th Statement for Women’s Equality and Human Rights was released to the media at a press conference in Ottawa on Parliament Hill on December 10th, 2006, International Human Rights Day. We demonstrated the widespread dissatisfaction in Canada regarding the government’s decisions to undermine women’s access to justice, and deny women’s realities as workers,…

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Canada Must Re-Invest in Women, Groups tell United Nations in Geneva

OTTAWA – Today in Geneva, women’s organizations and other social justice groups from Canada will report on Canada’s disappointing performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The United Nations Committee is due to review Canada’s compliance under this Convention in the coming week. FAFIA, a broad alliance of women’s organizations and…

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