Open Letter Urges Prime Minister to Make Good on His Commitment to the Right to Housing

Today in Ottawa, advocates released an open letter urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation. The letter has been signed by over 150 organizations and prominent Canadians, including NAWL. It was launched by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign…

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Joint Statement on Canada’s Support for Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia

Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. OTTAWA—The undersigned organizations express our support to Canada for its recent position on the detention of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. We join Canada in urging Saudi Arabia to release women’s rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada, and commend Minister Freeland for her uncompromising…

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Brief Submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on Bill C-71

May 25, 2018 Executive Summary  The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is an incorporated not-for-profit feminist organization that promotes the equality rights of women in Canada through legal education, research, and law reform advocacy. In this submission,1 NAWL echoes the voices of other women’s organizations in supporting the steps the government has…

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Joint Letter on Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms

Malheureusement, cette lettre n’est disponible qu’en anglais.  Jean-Marie David, Clerk of the Committee Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security Sixth Floor, 131 Queen Street House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Canada Dear Jean-Marie David, RE: Bill C-71 – An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms We are…

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Raeisi: You support pay equity? Tell me how much you make

One topic we never discuss with each other is our salaries. A colleague can ask if you go to church, but not how much you make. That’s a problem because we can’t know how much we should fairly be paid if we never talk about it.On April 1, Ontario got new legal rules requiring Equal Pay for Equal Work. The new rules require employers to pay the same rates to all employees, including part-time and casual workers, when they complete substantially the same work, with exceptions for factors such as seniority.Unfortunately, the new rules have a major flaw. It is up to employees to point out when they are being paid unfairly. But how can they know that?…

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Cass: The deportation of Lucy Granados shows how hollow government ‘compassion’ is

Published by The Ottawa Citizen on April 16, 2018. Link here.  The author, Charlotte Cass is a common law student at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Ottawa Sanctuary Network. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  On Friday morning,…

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Ethans: Here’s why lawyers should advocate for greater diversity in their profession

Malheureusement, cet éditorial est seulement disponible en anglais. The author, Paula Ethans is a third-year law student at the University of Ottawa. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  Published on: March 30, 2018 | in The Ottawa Citizen What happens when a law…

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Presentation on Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence)

Presentation on Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence) Présentation au sujet du projet de loi C-65, Loi modifiant le Code canadien du travail (harcèlement et violence) Speaking notes from the presentation before to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons…

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NAWL Workshop at the 2018 Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum

NAWL participated in the Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum held in Ottawa on March 3, 2018. The Forum’s theme for the year, Access to Justice, brought together law students, lawyers, community practitioners and activists. NAWL’s well-attended workshop; Rebuilding Feminist Law Reform Capacities in Canada, provided law students with organizational and movement history, and introduced a range…

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International Women’s Day Letter Calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to enact a National Action Plan to prevent and address gender-based violence in Canada

Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 cc: Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women RE:  Urgent Need for National Action Plan to  Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence in Canada Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to you on International Women’s Day…

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NAWL Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

NAWL Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Présentation de l’ANFD au Comité sénatorial permanent des Affaires juridiques et constitutionnelles Submission by Pam Cross on behalf of the National Association of Women and the Law to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on possible amendments to Bill S-202,…

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