Speaking Your Mother Tongue: Language as a Women’s Issue

Working in coalition with Action travail des femmes and the Table féministe francophone de concertation provinciale de l’Ontario, NAWL played a role in the cross-Canada consultation process on reform to the Canadian Human Rights Act. NAWL submitted a comprehensive brief to the Panel, (see article, “CHRA Review Panel About to Submit Report”) and also a…

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The Anti-Terrorism Act

In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Canada adopted an Anti-terrorism Act. NAWL spoke out against adoption of the Act. We argued that as women and as feminists, we understood the need to take action against terrorism. Indeed, we have been fighting against domestic sexual terrorism that forces approximately 100,000 abused women…

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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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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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Assisted Human Reproduction Act Update

The NAWL Reproductive Technologies Working Group will be meeting in Montreal in early June 2007 to formulate NAWL’s position on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, which is due for review, likely after the next election. The Act reflects Canada’s position on an array of controversial bioethics issues relating to assisted reproduction such as embryo research,…

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Ratifying the American Convention on Human Rights: The Stakes for Women

This report was written for the Working Group on Abortion, Reproductive Health, and Women’s Citizenship in the Americas of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL). Table of Contents Foreword & Acknowledgments Introduction The OAS and the Inter-American Human Rights System ACHR Ratification: Characteristics, Issues and Difficulties for Canada Abortion, Reproductive Health and…

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Consultation Of Women Anti-Poverty Activists

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. In March, in the course of preparing the factum on the Gosselin case, NAWL consulted with women anti-poverty activists. Meetings were held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal and Indian Harbour (Nova Scotia). Over forty women with expertise about living in poverty shared their views on the Gosselin case and…

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