New SCC decision on economic rights in the family

On January 25th, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that not extending spousal support and the division of property upon relationship breakdown to common-law couples, or de facto spouses, is constitutional. The case of Quebec (Attorney General)v. A, otherwise known as “Eric” v. “Lola”, involves a heterosexual couple in Quebec who lived together for […]

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Canada’s Commitment to Equality: A Gender Analysis of the Last 10 Federal Budgets

Ce document est seulement disponible en anglais. In 1995, 188 countries, including Canada, adopted the Beijing Platform for Action, setting out a detailed plan for addressing women’s poverty, economic security and health. A decade later, the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action is asking: are women in Canada better off? In 1995, the Government of […]

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What’s Next: Recommendations from the Kim Rogers Inquest

December 2002 was a most significant month for women’s equality seeking organizations. The Supreme Court of Canada released three important decisions (Gosselin, Walsh, and Chamberlain, the federal government tabled Bill C-22 in the House of Commons, proposing major changes to the Divorce Act in the area of custody and access, and NAWL submitted an extensive […]

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Majority Embraces Stereotype of Poor

There are good news elements in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Gosselin v. Québec (Attorney General). Justice Arbour has written an important and fresh decision on section 7, finding that it creates a positive obligation on governments to deal with economic deprivation. In addition, the majority on the discrimination issue is a slim […]

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The Canadian Gender and Trade Consultation

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. After the World Trade Organization wrapped up its meetings in the heavily patrolled city of Doha, Qatar this past November, Farah Khan, an observer, stated: “Compared with other international gatherings, Doha has been a remarkable and unrelenting gathering of male suits. From the opening plenary to the closing […]

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Kim Rogers: Death in the Modern Day Pauper’s Prison

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Kim Rogers, eight months pregnant and serving a sentence of house arrest in Sudbury, Ontario, died in her small apartment on August 9, 2001 during the course of a record-setting heat wave. Two days passed before her body was found. Many see Kim Roger’s death as the result […]

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Women’s Poverty, Women’s Equality: Supreme Court to Rule on one Woman’s Claim to Social and Economic Rights

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The Supreme Court of Canada will soon be hearing a precedent-setting case about the right to adequate social assistance benefits. NAWL was granted leave to intervene in the case, to present a feminist analysis of the issue. Gosselin v. The Attorney General of Québec (27418) is scheduled to […]

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The Women’s Economic Equality Project

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In conjunction with the United States Centre on Economic and Social Rights and the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (Geneva), NAWL is a partner in the newly established Women’s Economic Equality Project. The goals of the Project are to improve understanding, recognition and implementation of women’s right […]

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