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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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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Pay Equity Information and Action Sheet

More than 25 years the adoption of the Canadian Human Rights Act, women working full-time still earn 71% of men’s salaries, regardless of our age, occupation or education. For women of colour, Aboriginal women and women with a disability, the wage gap is even greater. The pay equity provisions in the Canada Human Rights Act…

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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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