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

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister, 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 […]

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Same-Sex Marriage

Same-Sex MarriageSame-Sex MarriageMy 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 […]Cet article est […]

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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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Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits for Women outside of Québec: Proposals for Law Reform

According to NAWL’s vision, every mother should receive income replacement and material support during the first years of caring for a child. Bearing and raising children should not impoverish women, as is now the case. No single initiative is sufficient to drastically improve the situation of all mothers in Canada. Nonetheless, several areas of the […]

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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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Mothering in Law; Defending Women’s Rights in 2007 – What Women in Canada Need!

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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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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The “Pay Equity Network” in Motion

NAWL, in collaboration with the Canadian Labour Congress, organized a meeting of the Pay Equity Network (PEN) in Ottawa on May 2nd, 2007. Approximately 40 representatives of the labour movement and of women’s groups from Québec and the rest of Canada met in Ottawa to discuss recent developments in their respective regions. Representatives of Bell […]

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International Women’s Day March 2007

On International Women’s Day 2007, the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights asks you to join with women everywhere in Canada and Quebec in opposition to the anti-equality policies of the federal Conservative government. Here’s why! From the Coalition’s website: For the last few months, women across the country have been speaking […]

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