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 joins other women’s rights groups to call on the Government of Canada to ensure a rigorous & far-reaching gendered response to COVID-19

The Honourable Maryam Monsef Minister for Women and Gender Equality Government of Canada Dear Minister Monsef: As we write, evidence continues to mount about the gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. From increased risk of violence under lockdown in abusive homes, to expanded caregiving for children out of school and at-risk vulnerable adults,…

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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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The Gosselin Case

Gosselin v. Québec… a disappointing Supreme Court decision on the right to social assistance. This case is about a Québec welfare regulation that provided drastically reduced benefits (170$ a month) for persons under thirty years of age who were considered able to work. NAWL intervened before the Supreme Court. We argued that when the government…

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Maternity and Parental Benefits

Québec has them, so why can’t the rest of Canada? Mothering a child is associated with a significant drop in income. It has lifelong consequences for a woman’s earning capacity and employment-related benefits like pensions. And that’s above and beyond feeding and clothing a child or temporary loss of income when a woman stops work…

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Thinking About How to Finance New Parental Benefits

Public income security programmes for individuals can take three forms. Each kind targets different kinds of beneficiaries and requires a different type of financing. Here the different kinds of programme will be defined relative to the objective of providing maternity, paternity, adoption and parental benefits for new parents and eventually for all parents with dependent…

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Workshop Towards a More Inclusive Maternity/Paternal Benefits Regime

For the last three years, NAWL has been exploring ways of improving maternity and parental benefits for women living outside Québec. The NAWL Working Group has had several in-depth discussions on this issue, did extensive research on existing literature in Québec, Canada and abroad, and has consulted widely with women across Canada. On May 10,…

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Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits

Ce document est seulement disponible en anglais. According to NAWL’s vision, every mother should receive income replacement and material support during the first years of caring for a child. Bearing and raising children should not impoverish women, as is now the case. No single initiative is sufficient to drastically improve the situation of all mothers…

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Childcare Benefits

Child care is of particular importance for Canadian women as almost three quarters of women with young children combine paid work with motherhood; child care, therefore, is what allows women equal access to the workforce. Under Prime Minister Harper’s child care system, women are being denied equal access to the workforce and access to quality…

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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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