No Religious Arbitration Coalition: What Have We Learned?

Measuring the success of law reform advocacy is often difficult. In assessing success, are we to look only at outcomes – did the government make the change that was being advocated for? – or should we also look at process – did we organize well, establish positive working relationships with our partners, get positive public attention?

The recent success in Ontario of the No Religious Arbitration Coalition in bringing an end to the use of religious laws in the arbitration of family law disputes provides those working for women’s equality with the opportunity to look at a campaign that was successful on both fronts.

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