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Gun Control – NAWL submits brief on Bill C-21 to the Senate

The National Association of Women and the Law submitted a brief on Bill C-21: An Act to amend certain Acts and to make certain consequential amendments (firearms) to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security, Defence and Veterans Affairs.  NAWL’s overall position on the bill  The National Association of Women and the Law supports Bill C-21 and recommends its quick … Read More

October 10, 2023

NAWL testifies before the Senate regarding publication bans

A publication ban is a court order which, in the context of a criminal trial, prohibits anyone from revealing the identity of a victim, witness or justice system participant. One of the aims of this order is to enable victims of sexual assault to participate in the criminal process without fear of the media disclosing their identity. While publication bans … Read More

June 26, 2023

The fight to defend reproductive rights and gender equality continues

On the anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, NAWL joins 128 other equality-seeking organizations in calling on all levels of government to do more for gender equality and for women and 2SLGBTQIA+ people’s sexual and reproductive rights and bodily autonomy.  The signatories of the open letter below, drafted by Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights in partnership … Read More

June 22, 2023

NAWL Welcomes Steps in the Right Direction for Vulnerable Populations in Environmental Law: Bill S-5

“The planetary environmental crisis affects everyone, everywhere, but not equally.” Ottawa, ON, Anishinaabe territory: Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act, is the first major reform of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) in over 20 years. CEPA is Canada’s cornerstone piece of environmental legislation governing pollution and toxic substances. One of the most significant changes is … Read More

May 31, 2023

Op-ed: MPs’ work on gun control misses target

On March 23rd, 2023, Suzanne Zaccour, our Head of Feminist Law Reform, published an op-ed in The Hill Times with our partners from the #Women4GunControl Coalition Erin Whitmore (Ending Violence Association of Canada) and Paulette Senior (Canadian Women’s Foundation). The op-ed criticizes the disinformation that is being perpetuated with regard to the Liberal Government’s proposed ban on assault-style firearms. Unfortunately, … Read More


April 26, 2023

Coalition of women’s and feminist organizations call on NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to deliver on his call for stricter gun laws

Open letter welcomes the NDP leader’s support for urgent implementation of Nova Scotia mass shooting inquiry recommendations, given the party’s lack of concrete support to date for government’s efforts to ban assault-style firearms and handguns in Bill C-21   Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, Ontario, April 24th, 2023 – Today, a coalition of 33 women’s and feminist organizations fighting for stronger gun control … Read More

April 24, 2023

Open Letter to Jagmeet Singh regarding a ban on assault-style firearms

Mr. Jagmeet Singh, M.P. Leader, New Democratic Party House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Jagmeet.Singh@parl.gc.ca – Dear Mr. Singh, The #Women4GunControl Coalition is comprised of 33 national and regional women’s and feminist organizations who have come together to work toward securing a ban on assault firearms in Bill-C-21. The coalition was formed after it became clear that disinformation and partisan … Read More

NAWL defends sexual assault victims’ rights during the study of Bill 12

On March 28th, 2023, NAWL participated in the Specific consultations and public hearings on Bill 12, An Act to reform family law with regard to filiation and to protect children born as a result of sexual assault and the victims of that assault as well as the rights of surrogates and of children born of a surrogacy project. Bill 12 … Read More

April 20, 2023

Majority of Canadians Support Stronger Gun-Control Measures: Poll 

Survey finds more than 70 per cent of respondents support permanent ban on new handgun purchases and oppose civilians being allowed to own assault-style firearms  OTTAWA — New polling results suggest most Canadians want stronger gun control laws, and 89 per cent of Canadians support requiring authorities to revoke a firearms licence and remove firearms quickly (within 24 hours) from … Read More


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March 20, 2023

Women’s Organizations Call on National Party Leaders to Honour Their Campaign Promises to Ban Assault-Style Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/03/2023 Weapons designed for war are a threat to the safety of women and girls, groups say Ottawa, ON: Thirty-one women’s and feminist organizations from across Canada are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to honour his government’s longstanding commitment to ban assault-style firearms in Canada. The groups are also asking all opposition party leaders to respect the wishes of … Read More

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March 7, 2023

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