equality and human rights

equality and human rights


Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel. Submitted by: Action travail des femmes, La Table féministe de concertation provinciale de l”ontario, and NAWL. December 1999, 69p. ISBN:1-895996-53-8

This brief was the basis of a NAWL presentation to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel in October 1999 in Vancouver. The brief addresses issues of procedures, such as speedier complaint processing and guaranteed access to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, as well as substantive changes to the Act. Drawing on a series of case studies, NAWL’s Brief illustrates how the Act itself is in fact a source of discrimination.

Canadian Women and the Social Deficit: A Presentation to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, November 1998; ISBN:0-895996-42-2

The NAWL presentation to the United Nations seeks to bring to the attention of the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights the impact on Canadian women of Canada’s failure to realize the social and economic rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


Bill C-33: An Act Respecting Human Rights in Canada, A Promise Finally Fulfilled. May 1996; ISBN:0-895996-21-X

The brief congratulates the government for including sexual orientation in the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act. However, it criticizes the government for allowing a free vote on this issue.

Submission to the Ontario Commission on Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System. October 1993; 12p. ISBN:0-929049-95-0

NAWL’s presentation with the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada and the Elizabeth Fry Society focused on the programming needs of incarcerated women, the impact of the “wife assault as a crime” strategy, and the need for diversity on the bench.

Women and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by Honourable Bertha Wilson. February 1993; 14p. ISBN:0-929049-75-6

The Honourable Bertha Wilson’s keynote address to NAWL’s Tenth Biennial Conference Healing the Past, Forming the Future.

Women and Constitutional Change, August 1992; 30p. ISBN:0-929049-67-5

A response by NAWL to various federal proposals for amending the Constitution of Canada.

Consent to Treatment and Substitute Decision Making, September 1991; 10p. ISBN:0-929049-62-4

NAWL responded to Ontario legislation that recognizes a new category of “partners” (in addition to spouses). The document comments on the implications of this category for lesbian and gay partners, and advocates for a guarantee of explicit consent to treatment for pregnant women.

Background Paper – Bill C-31, An Act to Amend the Indian Act, by Holly Penner. Spring 1988; 23p. ISBN:0-920853-89-7

Shows how Bill C-31 has had the effect of pitting native women and men against each other and that the entire Indian Act is riddled with difficulties.

Elderly Women: The Invisible Majority, by Paula Hrankowski, edited by Susan M. Adams. December 1987; 86p. ISBN:0-920853-83-8

Elderly women are at a grave economic disadvantage in Canadian society. Yet this study of the legal status of aging women indicates that current legal remedies are inadequate. The author describes the complex set of regulations affecting women living in institutions. Legal protections do not always have their intended effects, resulting in paternalism. The paper also discusses critically the power of human rights legislation to remedy age discrimination.

Brief to the Special Joint Committee on the 1987 Constitutional Accord. July 1987; 27p. ISBN:0-920853-68-4

Focuses on implications for women’s equality rights. Analyses the contentious issues surrounding Charter rights in clause 3 and clause 16, limits on section 2, and makes recommendations on federal spending powers, female appointments to the Supreme Court and other matters.

Submission to the Federal Department of Justice Concerning the Review of the Canadian Human Rights Act, by Helena P. Orton. July 1986; 15p. ISBN:0-920853-64-l

Deals with the procedural and substantive weaknesses of 1986 legislation, and makes specific recommendations for amendments to the Act, including primacy of the Act, procedure from complaint to hearing to appeal, affirmative action as a remedy, prohibited grounds of discrimination, systemic discrimination and the duty to make reasonable accommodation.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Not Just Words on Paper. Brief submitted to the Parliamentary Sub-committee on Equality Rights. July 1985; 48p. ISBN:0-920853-21-8

Analyses the Charter and its implications for women.

Interest Group Intervention, by Wendy King. July 1985; 18p. ISBN:0-920853-25-0

Both a “How-to” and a theoretical discussion of the basis for intervention by third parties in litigation.

Women’s Human Right to Equality: A Promise Unfulfilled, Brief presented to the Special Committee on the Constitution. November 1980; 18p. ISBN:0-920853-11-0

Outlines changes that could improve the proposed 1982 Charter legislation.