Joint letter by Feminist Groups including NAWL to Minister Freeland, calling for her to host a roundtable with Women’s Rights organizations and feminist leaders as part of the net federal budget consultations

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Re: Roundtable with women’s rights and equality-seeking organizations for Federal Budget 2021 Dear Minister Freeland, In this unprecedented moment in history, federal budget priorities need to be rethought to shape what Canada will look like after COVID-19.…

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NAWL letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice on SCC nominations

NAWL letter to the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice dated August 20, 2020, calling for the nomination of women and/or men who are Indigenous, Black, racialized, and/or from other equality seeking communities, to fill the two forthcoming Ontario vacancies on the SCC, and the Prime Minister’s letter in response dated October 14, 2020. Read…

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Letter sent by NAWL to the Prime Minister from women’s rights and equality seeking groups on feminist policy making in the context of COVID-19

It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching and long-term gendered impacts. Women are front and centre when it comes to the impacts of and responses to the pandemic. From increased risk of violence in abusive homes under lockdown to expanded caregiving for children out of school and at-risk vulnerable adults to a majority presence in front-line health care, social and other service sectors, women are taking on many additional burdens in this crisis.…

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Same-Sex Marriage

My partner Carolyn Moffat and I (Carolyn Rowe) decided to participate in the Ontario test-case on marriage for same-sex spouses. This past spring, we drove down to Toronto’s City Hall where we applied for a marriage license. We were not granted or denied our marriage license, but were asked to wait for further clarification. The Clerk at the Marriage Registry Office is now seeking direction from the Superior Court of Justice by way of an application.…

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Child Care

Today, 73% of women with children aged 0-6 years are in the paid workforce. If women are to have equal access to the work force, education and professional training, good, affordable child care is essential. Women shouldn’t have to assume responsibility for caring for young children at the price of their own financial independence. Why…

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Women and Fiscal Policy

In 1995 the government implemented the most significant spending reductions in contemporary Canadian history. Following these reductions, many women suffered significant economic hardship. A time of economic prosperity then ensued for the federal government. However, federal spending policy in the last ten years has done nothing to help women and other vulnerable populations, on the…

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Transgender and Women’s Equality Rights

How should much-needed human rights protection be extended to transgendered people? Existing grounds that have been invoked include sex, sexual orientation and disability. Some advocates have suggested that the addition of ‘gender identity’ would better protect trans people. However, the idea of self-identification being the only criteria for protection under the ground of “gender identity”…

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Electoral Reform

In 2000, the Canadian Women’s March Committee’s published a document called “It’s Time for Change”. This document set out a list of demands for the Federal Government aimed at ending poverty and violence against women. However, few of these demands have been implemented. The lack of response to the Women’s March’s demands points to the…

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Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act

Brief submitted by Susan Russell of the Canadian Federation of University Women and the National Association of Women and the Law to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Our concern over the Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act begins with the way it was introduced. By bundling it into the 2009 Budget package, Parliament…

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NAWL Report Card on the Throne Speech and the Harper Government Agenda for the 40th Parliament

NAWL evaluates the federal government on its responsiveness to national issues: budgeting and fiscal management, jobs and well-being, participation of Canadians, Crime and Safety, Building Stronger Government Institutions, and Promoting Equality for Girls and Women. See the Report. Budgeting and Fiscal Management: C Against all evidence, the Harper government continues to insist its previous tax…

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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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Letter to NAWL Friends, Collaborators, and Advocates

NAWL is forced to lay off staff and shut down our office due to federal funding changes. September 17th, 2007 Dear NAWL friends, collaborators, and advocates, As a result of the Harper Government’s changes in funding policies to women’s groups, we have been forced to lay off staff and shut down our office. NAWL’s Board…

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Thinking About How to Finance New Parental Benefits

Public income security programmes for individuals can take three forms. Each kind targets different kinds of beneficiaries and requires a different type of financing. Here the different kinds of programme will be defined relative to the objective of providing maternity, paternity, adoption and parental benefits for new parents and eventually for all parents with dependent…

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Status Report on Pay Equity in Canada

On May 2 and 3, 2007, the National Association of Women and the Law, in cooperation with the Canadian Labour Congress and the other members of the Pay Equity Network, held a Canada-wide meeting on recent developments in pay equity. Activists from labour organizations and women’s groups of Québec and several other regions of Canada…

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Building for NAWL’s Future: Staying Alive in 2007

NAWL has launched its Staying Alive campaign in response to changes in the mandate of the Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program, which make most of NAWL’s work ineligible for ongoing funding. In order to continue our essential work for Canadian women, NAWL must raise $300,000.00 by September 1, 2007. Although NAWL will seek appropriate…

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Mother’s Day Message to Parliament 2007

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the National Association of the Law brings to Parliament Hill a message on behalf of women across Quebec and the rest of Canada. For Mothers at Work: Improve Maternity and Parental Benefits for women living outside of Quebec. NAWL recommends that the Federal Government expand the current maternity and parental…

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