National Association of Women and the Law Conference 2002 Resolutions

Tuition Increases: BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association of Women and the Law strongly opposes the tuition increase approved by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, to $22,000 over 5 years. NAWL recognizes that high tuition has a disparate impact on women’s ability to access legal education…

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Hats Off to Claire L’Heureux-Dubé

Summary of a Presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference On International Women’s Day (March 8th), at the NAWL conference, over 300 equality activists came together to say “Hats Off” and “Thank You” to Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, of the Supreme Court of Canada, for her contributions to the advancement of equality. This honour was in…

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“Bridging Visions” of Law and Art for Women, the Family and the State

An exhibition of visual, sculptural, sonic and performance art by artists: Audrey Churgin, Dawn Dale, Ngoc Tuyen Dang, Kathy Gillis, Gayle Kells, Douglas Samuel, Cindy Stelmackowich and cj fleury who collaborated with members of the law community: Elizabeth Sheehy, Elizabeth Pickett, Kimberley Lewis, Joanne St.Lewis, Rosemary Cairns Way, Llana Nackonechny, Bonnie Diamond, Kay Marshall, Ghislaine…

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Test-Case Litigation, Social and Economic Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights: What Difference can it Make?

Summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference In the Fall of 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada heard Louise Gosselin’s Charter claim to an adequate level of social assistance (Gosselin v. The Attorney General of Québec, 27418, decision reserved). Gosselin raises important questions regarding whether states have a positive duty to provide social…

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The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women

A summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference Canada has been a leader in women’s human rights in the international human rights arena for several years. Indeed, Canada backed the campaign at the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights that led to the recognition that women’s rights are an inalienable, integral…

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Mothers as Secondary Defendants in Child Sexual Abuse Claims

Summary of a Presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference A new development has emerged as adult survivors of child sexual abuse turn to civil litigation as a tool in obtaining redress for their injury: the joinder of the plaintiff’s mother as a defendant, either by the plaintiff herself or by the primary defendant, usually the…

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The Struggle for Pay Equity in New Brunswick

A Summary of a Presentation at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference No one can deny that the pay inequities which women experience on the labour market pose great social challenges. Equal pay remains a dream for many women. In New Brunswick as elsewhere in Canada, we are currently seeing important gaps between the wages paid to…

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Minority Women, Family Law and the State

A Summary of a Workshop at NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference Women belonging to cultural minorities sometimes seek state support regarding inequalities they experience in their communities. Such inequalities, justified in the name of “culture”, are often especially evident in the family law arena, and in particular in marriage and divorce laws. Marriage and divorce laws…

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Conference Overview

From March 7 – 10, 2002, over 400 participants from throughout Canada and from Germany, China, and Brazil, gathered at the Ottawa Congress Centre for NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference on Women, the Family and the State. By all accounts, the conference was a success, featuring a dynamic program, diverse participation, spirited policy discussions, visual, sonic…

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Hats Off to Equality

OTTAWA – On March 8th, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) will celebrate the remarkable career of Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, who will be retiring from the Superior Court of Canada in July 2002. Hats Off to Equality, a celebration marking International Women’s Day, will provide an opportunity to reflect on the…

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Art Meets Law

On March 7th, multimedia artist cj fleury and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) will launch a unique art exhibit as part of the T E M P L A T E S for Activism project entitled T E M P L A T E S #2: Bringing Visions. This one-of-a-kind show…

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