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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Conservative Government Trying to Silence Women’s Groups

Conservative Government Trying to Silence Women’s Groups Le gouvernement conservateur tente de réduire les organisations de femmes au silence In September 2006, NAWL was forced to shut its doors for one month because of delays in the approval of our Status of Women Canada funding application. On September 22, we were greatly relieved when the…

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NAWL Report Card on the Throne Speech and the Harper Government Agenda for the 40th Parliament

NAWL evaluates the federal government on its responsiveness to national issues: budgeting and fiscal management, jobs and well-being, participation of Canadians, Crime and Safety, Building Stronger Government Institutions, and Promoting Equality for Girls and Women. See the Report. Budgeting and Fiscal Management: C Against all evidence, the Harper government continues to insist its previous tax…

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Harper Government Working to Silence Women

OTTAWA – Effective today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is being forced to close its office, lay off its staff, and cease major consultations and advocacy on women’s legal issues as an outcome of the Harper government’s devastating changes to the mandate of Status of Women Canada. This closure is a…

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Letter to NAWL Friends, Collaborators, and Advocates

NAWL is forced to lay off staff and shut down our office due to federal funding changes. September 17th, 2007 Dear NAWL friends, collaborators, and advocates, As a result of the Harper Government’s changes in funding policies to women’s groups, we have been forced to lay off staff and shut down our office. NAWL’s Board…

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Braving the Backlash From the Hill

The current Conservative government of Canada insists that all women have full equality in our country, but as women we know this simply is not the case. With the 40% cut to Status of Women Canada, closure of 12 offices, abolition of the Court Challenges Program, and a removal of the word ‘equality’ as an…

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The Broken Promises of Prime Minister Harper

At the end of the January 2006 election campaign, Stephen Harper promised that: “Yes, I’m ready to support women’s human rights and I agree that Canada has more to do to meet its international obligations to women’s equality. If elected, I will take concrete and immediate measures, as recommended by the United Nations, to ensure…

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International Women’s Day March 2007

On International Women’s Day 2007, the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights asks you to join with women everywhere in Canada and Quebec in opposition to the anti-equality policies of the federal Conservative government. Here’s why! From the Coalition’s website: For the last few months, women across the country have been speaking…

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Women Send Strong Message to Harper: Reverse the Cuts, Uphold Equality Rights

OTTAWA – Hundreds of concerned individuals, community and women’s groups will be demonstrating in Ottawa today to call upon Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reverse a series of decisions that will harm women’s equality rights. Before the demonstration, representatives from leading women’s, human rights and labour organizations, including the National Association of Women and the…

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March for Women’s Equality December 2006

Harper’s Conservatives want women to stay home and be quiet. Our response to the Conservatives? We Refuse! On Sunday, December 10, NAWL rallied and marched for women’s rights, equality, and access to government and the courts in response to the Conservatives cuts to provincial child care and refusal to introduce proactive pay equity. Despite expert…

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Statement for Women’s Equality and Human Rights

The December 10th Statement for Women’s Equality and Human Rights was released to the media at a press conference in Ottawa on Parliament Hill on December 10th, 2006, International Human Rights Day. We demonstrated the widespread dissatisfaction in Canada regarding the government’s decisions to undermine women’s access to justice, and deny women’s realities as workers,…

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Changes to the Status of Women Canada

Presentation on changes to the Status of Women Canada to the 39th Parliament,1st Session, Standing Committee on the Status of Women (FEWO). For the full transcript visit the Edited Evidence website of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Good afternoon Madam Chair. I would like to thank you and your colleagues for giving…

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Letter to Harper on Women’s Funding

NAWL had requested a meeting with Prime Minister Harper but he declined the invitation. This letter reviews the issues raised previously and asks again for a meeting. Dear Prime Minister Harper, A few months ago the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and several other national women’s groups requested to meet with you…

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Abortion and Reproductive Rights

Women’s reproductive rights, including the right to abortion, are increasingly under attack in North America. In 2006, the South Dakota Legislature voted a law that would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless it was necessary to save a woman’s life. The law makes no exception for cases of rape or…

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The Importance of Funding Women’s Groups

As a consequence of a periodic five year renewal process which the federal government is obliged to undertake, the new Conservative government must very soon decide whether the Status of Women Canada Women’s Program will be renewed, reformed or whether it will lapse and disappear altogether. This program is essential to ensure the survival of…

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March for Women’s Equality – Media Coverage

Women rally to pressure Conservative gov’t, CTV.ca News, Dec. 10, 2006 Opposition MPs join women, labour groups in protesting Tory funding cuts, CBC News, Dec. 10, 2006 Women kick Harper’s ass, Straight.com Vancouver, Dec. 14, 2006 Women Send Strong Message to Harper: Reverse the Cuts, Uphold Equality Rights, Ad hoc coalition, Dec. 10, 2006 Photo…

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Childcare is Key to Women’s Equality

Childcare is key to women’s equality. NAWL and FAFIA call on Prime Minister Harper to maintain and renew childcare funding agreements with the provinces. Honorable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa March 8 2006 Prime Minister Harper, The National Association of Women is writing to on International Women’s Day to urge…

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