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

Submitted to Women and Gender Equality Canada by the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) & the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), and supported by the following national women’s groups and allies: Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity Canadian Council of Muslim Women […]

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Recommendations from the NAWL consultation on VAW law reform in Canada to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

The visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (SR VAW) presented an important opportunity for the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) to convene consultations with other national feminist and equality seeking groups to focus on the potential for feminist engagement in VAW law reform […]

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The National Women’s Lobby Interim Report to Canadian Women (October 15-17, 2000)

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Ottawa rocked for three days in October, as the National Women’s Lobby (the national Canadian campaign that was part of the World March of Women Against Violence and Poverty) met with Members of Parliament, party leaders and federal Cabinet Ministers to discuss the […] Ottawa rocked for three […]

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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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The Importance of Funding Women’s Groups

As a consequence of a periodic five year renewal process which the federal government is obliged to undertake, the new Conservative government must very soon decide whether the Status of Women Canada Women’s Program will be renewed, reformed or whether it will lapse and disappear altogether. This program is essential to ensure the survival of […]

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Report of the “International Perspectives on Religious Arbitration in Family Law” Conference

This conference highlighted a series of challenges and questions relating to the privatization of justice, the interaction of cultural and religious practices with family law, the balancing of constitutional equality rights with freedom of religion and multiculturalism, and the rise of extreme right politico-religious fundamentalisms in the context of globalization and neo-liberal conceptions of the […]

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Arbitration, Religion and Family Law: Private Justice on the Backs of Women

The primary purpose of this paper is to examine the legal implications of arbitration tribunals that will utilize sharia law in Ontario. Table of Contents Part One: Family Arbitration Using Sharia Law I. Arbitration and Family Law in Ontario II. The Potential Impact of the Arbitration Regime on Women Part Two: Human Rights Framework I. […]

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The Québec Appeal Court decision on the Constitutionality of Maternity and Parental Benefits as Employment Insurance Benefits

Aside from federal/provincial division of powers arguments, the Québec Appeal Court decision raised some important questions about maternity and parental benefits. The Court saw motherhood as an individual choice and therefore an individual responsibility. At NAWL, we think that society as a whole benefits from the work mothers (and increasingly, fathers) do raising children. The […]

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Restorative Justice in Nova Scotia: Women’s Experience and Recommendations

Restorative Justice in Nova Scotia: Women’s Experience and Recommendations La justice réparatrice en Nouvelle-Écosse: le vécu et les recommandations des femmes Restorative justice processes have been contemplated as a potential improvement on the failures of the existing criminal justice system to deal with violence against women, and as a potential source of empowerment for women. […]

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A Mandate of Equality: Women and Electoral Reform

Pursuing electoral reform is an important issue for equality-seeking women in Canada, and is the main focus of the following paper. The limitations of the current First Past the Post (FPP) electoral structure will be examined from the perspective of the Canadian women’s movement and its policy priorities. Furthermore, three mechanisms for political change will […]

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