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Climate Crisis – NAWL Brief on Bill C-50, An Act respecting accountability, transparency and engagement to support the creation of sustainable jobs


The Senate is currently considering Bill C-50, a bill that aims to facilitate the shift towards a carbon-neutral economy and to support workers in this transition. NAWL calls on decision-makers to apply a strong intersectional feminist analysis as they consider this bill.   No true climate justice can be achieved without taking into consideration the unique challenges faced by women and … Read More

May 22, 2024


NAWL submits a brief to ban parental alienation accusations in family court


The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its study on Coercive Behaviour. In its brief, NAWL calls on the government to legislate to ban parental alienation accusations in family court. This demand echoes a recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women … Read More

May 8, 2024


NAWL receives 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil Society Leadership Award from Government of Canada


National feminist law reform organization recognized for its work advocating for better protections for victims of domestic violence in gun control legislation Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, May 2, 2024 Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) was awarded the 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil (WPS) Society Leadership Award by the Canadian Government. The award was presented during an … Read More

May 2, 2024


“Parental alienation: The one-size-fits-none theory” by Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, NAWL


The National Association of Women and the Law is advocating for a ban on parental alienation accusations in family courts. Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, wrote an op-ed addressing this pressing issue. Read the full article at https://www.law360.ca/ca/family/articles/1829261/parental-alienation-the-one-size-fits-none-theory-suzanne-zaccour 

April 25, 2024


Budget 2024 Policy Wins for Women


New funding for free contraception, creation of more $10-a-day child care spaces and investment in gun control buyback program Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, April 16, 2024 – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is pleased to see funding in Budget 2024 which addresses barriers women and girls in Canada face to achieving substantive gender equality. Reproductive justice – universal … Read More

April 16, 2024


Publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”


The National Association of Women and the Law is excited to announce the publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”.   This comprehensive guide is designed to empower women in Ontario with the knowledge of their financial rights and responsibilities within relationships. Whether you are married or in an unmarried … Read More

April 3, 2024


Announcing the winners of NAWL’s 50th Anniversary Student Essay Contest


Congratulations to the winners of our 50th-anniversary essay contest: The winning submission was from Tess Moffat from the University of Ottawa for her essay, The State as a Primary Perpetrator of Violence Against Indigenous Women.  Veronica Kiang, from Toronto Metropolitan University, was the runner-up for her entry, Fool’s Gold and Broken Rules: An Analysis on Wrongful Strip Searches Against Women.   … Read More

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March 28, 2024


NAWL continues advocating against parental alienation accusations against victims of family violence


“Parental alienation” is a concept used in parenting time disputes to criticize one parent, often the mother, when the other parent, often the father, does not have a relationship with the child. NAWL is leading a campaign, endorsed by 250 feminist organizations across the country, to ban the use of this harmful concept. Read our article on LAW 360 to … Read More

March 26, 2024


NAWL speaks out on the issue of sexual violence in the workplace


On January 31st, 2024, NAWL submitted a brief to the Committee on Labour and the Economy of the National Assembly of Quebec concerning Bill 42, an Act to prevent and fight psychological harassment and sexual violence in the workplace.   A Statistics Canada survey found that nearly one in two adults say they have witnessed or experienced sexual violence in their … Read More

March 25, 2024


The National Association of Women and the Law reacts to appellate decision on “Bill 21”


Yesterday, the Court of Appeal of Quebec rendered its decision on the Act respecting the laicity of the State, commonly known as Bill 21. Bill 21 was adopted with the preemptive invocation of the Charter’s notwithstanding clause, which the Quebec government intends to renew as we approach 5 years of the law being in force. “NAWL is extremely disappointed in … Read More

March 1, 2024


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9 November 2018
November 9, 2018

Laura Schemitsch: Setting a Deportation Target Puts Canadian Values on the Line

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https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/laura-schemitsch/canada-refugee-deportation-quotas_a_23582638/ Malheureusement, cet editorial n’est pas disponible en français. ...
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30 October 2018
October 30, 2018

NAWL Submission to Minister Blair on Dialogue re: Handguns and Assault Rifles

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October 26, 2018 Hon. Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 VIA E-MAIL Dear Minister Blair: Re: Reducing violent crime: A dialogue on handguns and assault weapons I am writing on behalf ...
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18 October 2018
October 18, 2018

Open Letter to Minister Rodriguez regarding the Court Challenges Program (CCP)

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VIA E-MAIL Hon. Pablo Rodriguez Minister of Canadian Heritage House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Rodriguez: As you know, prior to the October 2015 federal election, Prime Minister Trudeau promised to restore funding to the Court Challenges Program (CCP). ...
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1 October 2018
October 1, 2018

Recommendations from the NAWL consultation on VAW law reform in Canada to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

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The visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (SR VAW) presented an important opportunity for the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) to convene consultations with other national feminist and equality seeking ...
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14 August 2018
August 14, 2018

NAWL signs open letter urging Prime Minister Trudeau to make good on his commitment to the right to housing

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Une lettre ouverte exhorte le premier ministre à respecter son engagement envers le droit au logement Read the press release below about the open letter that NAWL supports to Prime Minister Trudeau on Housing Rights in Canada: Lisez le communiqué de presse ...
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14 August 2018
August 14, 2018

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

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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 ...
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9 August 2018
August 9, 2018

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

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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 ...
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25 June 2018
June 25, 2018

Rachael Harder Was Rejected As Committee Chair For Good Reason

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Her views on women’s reproductive autonomy and choice show that she lacks the basic qualifications necessary to be a member, let alone the chair. Written by Martha Jackman, Professor of constitutional law and member of the Centre for Health Law Policy & ...
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7 June 2018
June 7, 2018

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

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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 ...
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16 May 2018
May 16, 2018

Book Launch: “The Right to Say No – Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Mala

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Book Launch: “The Right to Say No – Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi” Lancement de livre : “The Right to Say No – Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi” Toronto book ...
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15 May 2018
May 15, 2018

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

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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 ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

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

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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 ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

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

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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 ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

Rao: Parental sponsorship rules are antifeminist

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The author, Aditya Rao is a common 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.  Can you imagine being required to show proof of income ...
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24 April 2018
April 24, 2018

Osien: Gun violence is more than just a gang problem

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Thousands of people, many of them students, march against gun violence in Manhattan during the March for Our Lives rally on March 24, 2018 in New York City. More than 800 March for Our Lives events, organized by survivors of the Parkland, ...
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15 April 2018
April 15, 2018

NAWL hosts consultation with Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences

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3 April 2018
April 3, 2018

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

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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 ...
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21 March 2018
March 21, 2018

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

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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 ...
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12 March 2018
March 12, 2018

NAWL Workshop at the 2018 Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum

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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 ...
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8 March 2018
March 8, 2018

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

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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 ...
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