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NAWL Presents PolySeSouvient Gun Control Activists with Shirley Greenberg Award for Outstanding Leadership in Feminist Law Reform


Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) announced it will present its inaugural Shirley Greenberg Award for outstanding leadership in feminist law reform jointly to Nathalie Provost and Heidi Rathjen, two national gun control activists who have been at the forefront of the fight for stronger gun control laws in Canada for more than 30 years. The … Read More

February 29, 2024


250+ Feminist Organizations Call for Legal Reform to Ban Parental Alienation Accusations


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,   The Honourable Arif Virani,  The Honourable Pierre Poilievre,   Jagmeet Singh,   Yves-François Blanchet,  We write to you as feminist and equality-seeking organizations to urge you to take action to address a crisis of dramatic proportions in our family justice system: the use of parental alienation accusations against victims of domestic violence.   The controversial … Read More

January 23, 2024


Media Statement on the Senate’s passing of gun control legislation, bill C-21


The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) welcomes the passing of Canada’s new gun control legislation — Bill C-21, An Act to amend certain Acts and to make certain consequential amendments (firearms) – at third reading in the Senate of Canada on December 14th, 2023. NAWL is pleased to see the government deliver on its promise to strengthen … Read More

December 14, 2023


Gun Control is a Women’s Issue


As Bill C-21 progresses through the Senate, Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs for the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and Aja Mason, Executive Director of the Yukon Status of Women Council, have written an op-ed emphasizing that gun recreation must never trump protecting Canadians from the devastating impacts of gun violence. “We deserve policy centred on … Read More

December 13, 2023


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

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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


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June 4, 2024

New employment opportunies at NAWL

Are you passionate and committed to advancing women’s rights in Canada? Come join our dynamic feminist team! We’re currently seeking qualified candidates for several ...
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May 22, 2024

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

Women's Rights and the Climate Crisis
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 ...
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May 8, 2024

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

Appearances and Submissions
The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its ...
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May 2, 2024

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

Rebuilding Feminist Law Reform Capacities
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, ...
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April 25, 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 ...
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April 16, 2024

Budget 2024 Policy Wins for Women

Reproductive Justice
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 ...
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April 3, 2024

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

Papers and Publications
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, ...
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March 28, 2024

JOB OFFER – Bilingual Content Creator (Freelance – part-time)

Recent Updates
We are looking for a creative bilingual (English/French) content creator to create original and engaging content for NAWL’s social media accounts and newsletter. The ...
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March 28, 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, ...
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March 26, 2024

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

Family Law
“Parental alienation” is a concept used in parenting time disputes to criticize one parent, often the mother, when the other parent, often the father, ...
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March 25, 2024

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

Brief
On January 31st, 2024, NAWL submitted a brief to the Committee on Labour and the Economy of the National Assembly of Quebec concerning Bill ...
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March 1, 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. ...
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February 29, 2024

NAWL Presents PolySeSouvient Gun Control Activists with Shirley Greenberg Award for Outstanding Leadership in Feminist Law Reform

Press Release
Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) announced it will present its inaugural Shirley Greenberg Award for outstanding leadership in feminist ...
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February 15, 2024

NAWL statement on Alberta government’s proposed anti-trans policies

The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) strongly condemns the Alberta government’s infringement on the rights of trans and gender-diverse youth. As ...
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February 5, 2024

Parental Alienation Campaign

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January 23, 2024

250+ Feminist Organizations Call for Legal Reform to Ban Parental Alienation Accusations

Family Law
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,   The Honourable Arif Virani,  The Honourable Pierre Poilievre,   Jagmeet Singh,   Yves-François Blanchet,  We write to you ...
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January 17, 2024

NAWL Celebrates 50 Years of Advancing Women’s Substantive Equality

Event
50 Years of Leadership and Expert Legal Contributions in Canada  The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is kicking off its 50th ...
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January 15, 2024

NAWL welcomes valuable funding from Women and Gender Equality Canada for new GBV-Responsive Family Law Reform project

Press Release
The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is grateful for the funding support from Women and Gender Equality Canada for our project, Promoting ...
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December 14, 2023

Media Statement on the Senate’s passing of gun control legislation, bill C-21

Press Release
The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) welcomes the passing of Canada’s new gun control legislation — Bill C-21, An Act to ...
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December 13, 2023

Gun Control is a Women’s Issue

Op ed
As Bill C-21 progresses through the Senate, Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs for the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and ...
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