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Climate Crisis – NAWL Brief on Bill C-50, An Act respecting accountability, transparency and engagement to support the creation of sustainable jobs


The Senate is currently considering Bill C-50, a bill that aims to facilitate the shift towards a carbon-neutral economy and to support workers in this transition. NAWL calls on decision-makers to apply a strong intersectional feminist analysis as they consider this bill.   No true climate justice can be achieved without taking into consideration the unique challenges faced by women and … Read More

May 22, 2024


NAWL submits a brief to ban parental alienation accusations in family court


The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its study on Coercive Behaviour. In its brief, NAWL calls on the government to legislate to ban parental alienation accusations in family court. This demand echoes a recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women … Read More

May 8, 2024


NAWL receives 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil Society Leadership Award from Government of Canada


National feminist law reform organization recognized for its work advocating for better protections for victims of domestic violence in gun control legislation Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, May 2, 2024 Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) was awarded the 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil (WPS) Society Leadership Award by the Canadian Government. The award was presented during an … Read More

May 2, 2024


“Parental alienation: The one-size-fits-none theory” by Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, NAWL


The National Association of Women and the Law is advocating for a ban on parental alienation accusations in family courts. Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, wrote an op-ed addressing this pressing issue. Read the full article at https://www.law360.ca/ca/family/articles/1829261/parental-alienation-the-one-size-fits-none-theory-suzanne-zaccour 

April 25, 2024


Budget 2024 Policy Wins for Women


New funding for free contraception, creation of more $10-a-day child care spaces and investment in gun control buyback program Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, April 16, 2024 – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is pleased to see funding in Budget 2024 which addresses barriers women and girls in Canada face to achieving substantive gender equality. Reproductive justice – universal … Read More

April 16, 2024


Publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”


The National Association of Women and the Law is excited to announce the publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”.   This comprehensive guide is designed to empower women in Ontario with the knowledge of their financial rights and responsibilities within relationships. Whether you are married or in an unmarried … Read More

April 3, 2024


Announcing the winners of NAWL’s 50th Anniversary Student Essay Contest


Congratulations to the winners of our 50th-anniversary essay contest: The winning submission was from Tess Moffat from the University of Ottawa for her essay, The State as a Primary Perpetrator of Violence Against Indigenous Women.  Veronica Kiang, from Toronto Metropolitan University, was the runner-up for her entry, Fool’s Gold and Broken Rules: An Analysis on Wrongful Strip Searches Against Women.   … Read More

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March 28, 2024


NAWL continues advocating against parental alienation accusations against victims of family violence


“Parental alienation” is a concept used in parenting time disputes to criticize one parent, often the mother, when the other parent, often the father, does not have a relationship with the child. NAWL is leading a campaign, endorsed by 250 feminist organizations across the country, to ban the use of this harmful concept. Read our article on LAW 360 to … Read More

March 26, 2024


NAWL speaks out on the issue of sexual violence in the workplace


On January 31st, 2024, NAWL submitted a brief to the Committee on Labour and the Economy of the National Assembly of Quebec concerning Bill 42, an Act to prevent and fight psychological harassment and sexual violence in the workplace.   A Statistics Canada survey found that nearly one in two adults say they have witnessed or experienced sexual violence in their … Read More

March 25, 2024


The National Association of Women and the Law reacts to appellate decision on “Bill 21”


Yesterday, the Court of Appeal of Quebec rendered its decision on the Act respecting the laicity of the State, commonly known as Bill 21. Bill 21 was adopted with the preemptive invocation of the Charter’s notwithstanding clause, which the Quebec government intends to renew as we approach 5 years of the law being in force. “NAWL is extremely disappointed in … Read More

March 1, 2024


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14 August 2018
August 14, 2018

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

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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 ...
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9 August 2018
August 9, 2018

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

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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 ...
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28 September 2012
September 28, 2012

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

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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. ...
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12 October 2011
October 12, 2011

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

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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 ...
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29 November 2009
November 29, 2009

Conservative Government Trying to Silence Women’s Groups

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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 ...
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20 September 2007
September 20, 2007

Harper Government Working to Silence Women

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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 ...
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10 December 2006
December 10, 2006

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

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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, ...
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10 December 2006
December 10, 2006

Statement for Women’s Equality and Human Rights

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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 ...
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10 May 2006
May 10, 2006

Mr. Harper, On Mothers Day, Women Want More than Just Flowers: We Want Equality Now!

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OTTAWA – The National Association of Women and the Law released a Mother’s Day Statement that has been endorsed by over 100 local, provincial and national organizations across the country. While more fathers have been getting involved, women still do the lion’s ...
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1 May 2006
May 1, 2006

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

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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 ...
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6 May 2005
May 6, 2005

Liberal Pay Equity Commitment Needs to Be Turned into New Law

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OTTAWA – Liberal Cabinet Ministers who have expressed their support for pay equity will be under scrutiny in the upcoming weeks to see if they make good on their commitment. Responding to ongoing lobbying by the Pay Equity Network, Justice Minister Irwin ...
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14 February 2005
February 14, 2005

Call to Action 2005: The Time for Pay Equity is Now!

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In 2005, a number of women’s organizations, provincial pay equity coalitions and the Canadian Labour Congress have formed a Network to pressure the federal government to take steps towards implementing this report. More than 200 women’s groups, labour unions and community organizations ...
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14 February 2005
February 14, 2005

A Valentine’s Day Message to Parliament

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OTTAWA – A national Pay Equity Network today launched its campaign to pressure the federal government to enact legislation that will finally make equal pay for work of equal value a reality. The Network, which has gathered the support of over 150 ...
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7 February 2005
February 7, 2005

Just do the Right Thing, Madame Robillard!

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OTTAWA – The National Association of Women and the Law, the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada and the Feminist Alliance for International Action are calling on Madame Lucienne Robillard, Minister of Human Resources for the government of ...
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5 May 2004
May 5, 2004

Women’s Groups Say Feds Must Act Now on Pay Equity

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OTTAWA – “The Federal government must act now and adopt legislation to guarantee pay equity for all women, as was recommended by the Pay Equity Task Force in the excellent report that it tabled today. Current pay equity provisions are just not ...
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14 May 2003
May 14, 2003

Canada’s Unfair Treatment of Women Prisoners / Le Canada traite injustement ses prisonnières

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Canada’s Unfair Treatment of Women Prisoners Le Canada traite injustement ses prisonnières OTTAWA – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is submitting a critical report to the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) alleging that the Canadian government has breached ...
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4 March 2003
March 4, 2003

Pay Equity and Access to Justice: UN Tells Canada to Act on Women’s Rights / Équité salarial

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Pay Equity and Access to Justice: UN Tells Canada to Act on Women’s Rights Équité salariale et accès à la justice: l’ONU presse le Canada d’agir en faveur des droits des femmes OTTAWA – The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of ...
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19 December 2002
December 19, 2002

The Gosselin Decision: A Divided Court

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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 ...
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1 March 2002
March 1, 2002

Hats Off to Equality

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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 ...
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28 February 2002
February 28, 2002

Art Meets Law

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On March 7th, multimedia artist cj fleury and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) will launch a unique art exhibit as part of the T E M P L A T E S for Activism project entitled T E ...
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