Canada must protect the rights of sex workers during COVID-19 by ensuring access to emergency income supports

Thank you for your steadfast commitment to women’s rights and gender equality, including your prompt action to mobilize funding to address the gendered impacts of the pandemic. We write at this time to urge that—further to your mandate to ensure that GBA+ is conducted of all government decisions—you ensure that sex workers and other women and gender diverse people working in informal economies and criminalized contexts, are not left out of the COVID-19 response.…

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NAWL and CRIAW Proposal for Support to Equality Seeking Women’s Groups in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to ensure that women and girls, their families and communities who need assistance most will be included in, and benefit from federal responses to the pandemic, it is imperative that there be a robust and systematic application of an intersection feminist analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls, and of existing and potential policy and budgetary responses to it. The limited COVID-19 responses designed specifically for women, have focused entirely on the critical services that women’s shelters and sexual assault centres provide. The focus on VAW/GBV is important of course, but represents a very limited and initial response.…

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Rachael Harder Was Rejected As Committee Chair For Good Reason

Her views on women’s reproductive autonomy and choice show that she lacks the basic qualifications necessary to be a member, let alone the chair. Written by Martha Jackman, Professor of constitutional law and member of the Centre for Health Law Policy & Ethics at the University of Ottawa Published in the Huffington Post on October…

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Ethans: Here’s why lawyers should advocate for greater diversity in their profession

Malheureusement, cet éditorial est seulement disponible en anglais. The author, Paula Ethans is a third-year law student at the University of Ottawa. She is enrolled in the Feminist Law Reform course lead by Professor Martha Jackman, NAWL co-chair, and Suki Beavers, NAWL’s Project Director.  Published on: March 30, 2018 | in The Ottawa Citizen What happens when a law…

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International Women’s Day Letter Calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to enact a National Action Plan to prevent and address gender-based violence in Canada

Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 cc: Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women RE:  Urgent Need for National Action Plan to  Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence in Canada Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to you on International Women’s Day…

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Mother’s Day Statements

NAWL celebrates Mother’s Day by bringing a message to Parliament Hill on behalf of women across the country. Mother’s Day 2007 – Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007 – What Women in Canada Need! Mother’s Day 2006 – On Mother’s Day, we celebrate our mothers and all they have done for us. Yet…

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NAWL’s Critique published in Le Devoir

Critique de l’ANFD dans “Le Devoir” Read our article on Le Devoir.com highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Lire notre article sur ledevoir.com soulignant promesses brisées de Stephen Harper pour les femmes. Read our article on Le Devoir.com highlighting Stephen Harper’s broken promises to women (in french only). Les promesses brisées…

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Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel to Submit Report

CHRA Review Panel About to Submit Report Le comité de révision de la LCDP s’apprête à remettre son rapport After a year of work, the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) Review Panel, headed by former Supreme Court Judge Gérald Laforest, is about to submit its report to the Minister of Justice. Working in coalition with…

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Women in Conflict with the Law

Violations of women’s human rights happen in many different areas, from penitentiaries to national security policy to the application of the Canadian Human Rights Act itself. “Women have served their sentences in harsher conditions than men because of their small numbers. They have suffered greater family dislocation than men, because there are so few options…

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Canadian Human Rights Review

In 1999, NAWL presented a Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel. We underlined the need for a better, faster way of processing human rights complaints. We urged the Task Force to recommend inclusion of social condition as a protected ground of discrimination under the Act. We also told the Review Panel that…

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Discrimination on the Basis of Social Condition

In December of 1999, NAWL presented a Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel. We recommended inclusion of social condition as a protected ground of discrimination under the Act. We also told the Review Panel that if the Human Rights Act is to make a difference for the most disadvantaged women in Quebec…

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Mother’s Day Message to Parliament 2007

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the National Association of the Law brings to Parliament Hill a message on behalf of women across Quebec and the rest of Canada. For Mothers at Work: Improve Maternity and Parental Benefits for women living outside of Quebec. NAWL recommends that the Federal Government expand the current maternity and parental…

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Women, Work and Equality: An Introduction to Human Rights Law in the Workplace

Popular Legal Education and Consultation Series: Module 1 This workshop will look at the human rights framework in the federal sector – its strengths and its weaknesses. We will review recommendations that are designed to promote substantive equality for women. In order to remedy systemic patterns of discrimination, governments and employers have to adopt positive…

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Pay Equity: A Fundamental Human Right

Popular Legal Education and Consultation Series: Module 2 This workshop will examine why systemic pay inequity happens, how the federal pay equity system operates and what you can do now to help reduce women’s social and economic inequality by fighting for real pay equity. Table of Contents 1. The Right to Equal Pay for Work…

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Canada Must Re-Invest in Women, Groups tell United Nations in Geneva

OTTAWA – Today in Geneva, women’s organizations and other social justice groups from Canada will report on Canada’s disappointing performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The United Nations Committee is due to review Canada’s compliance under this Convention in the coming week. FAFIA, a broad alliance of women’s organizations and…

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