Feminist Law Reform 101
Are you a feminist who wants to reform laws and policies to advance women's equality rights?
The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) developed this open access course to equip law students and social justice advocates, activists and organizations with the skills and knowledge to engage in feminist law reform and advance equality rights. It draws on the expertise of feminist lawyers and others actively engaged in federal law reform to provide a tool-kit for pursuing systemic legislative remedies to advance this crucial work in Canada.
While this course is primarily geared towards training the next generation of feminist law reformers, we hope it will also be useful as a template and resource for educators designing courses on feminist law reform and advocacy.
The course consists of 15 modules on the following topics:
- Why feminist law reform?
- What is substantive equality?
- The House of Commons & its Committees
- The Senate & its Committees
- Interacting with MPs and Senators
- Engaging Ministers and Government Officials
- Traditional Media
- Social Media & Digital Advocacy
- The Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Process
- Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) in the Law Reform Process
- Using United Nations Mechanisms
- Legal Frameworks for Feminist Advocacy
- Working in Coalition
- Law Reform Advocacy in Action
- Issues and Resources for Feminist Law Reform in a time of COVID-19