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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Urgent Action Fund

Since its inception in 1997, the Urgent Action Fund has promoted the rights of women and girls around the world through rapid response grantmaking and by sharing the unique knowledge and experience of its grant-recipients through research and publications. Although UAF’s main office is located in Boulder, Colorado, it makes grants to women’s human rights […]

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Marriage, Homophobia, and Substantive Equality

Marriage, Homophobia, and Substantive Equality Mariage, homophobie et égalité véritable The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Reference re Same-Sex Marriage came as no surprise to anybody – or at least to those familiar with the Court’s obligations in interpreting and applying Charter rights and freedoms, and the relative ease that it […]

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Working Together for Women on Parliament Hill

The Coalition for Women’s Equality (CWE) is made up of autonomous equality seeking women’s organizations that came together before the last election to advocate for stable and effective federal mechanisms to achieve women’s equality. Coalition Members include the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Womenspace, the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), the […]

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UN Special Rapporteur Visits Canada, 15-26 September 2003

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. At the invitation of the Canadian government, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Doudou Diene, visited Canada from 15-26 September 2003. During his stay, the former Senegalese diplomat and UNESCO delegate went to Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Montreal and met with the […]

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Some Reflections on an International Experience: A Report from the CHRF International Human Rights Training Program

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Introduction This summer I represented NAWL at the Canadian Human Rights Foundation’s (CHRF) 22nd annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, just outside of Montreal. (See the CHRF’s website at http://www.chrf.ca/english/general/files/master_eng.htm) For three weeks, 120 human rights advocates from over 60 different countries stayed in the […]

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On Losing Lesbian Rights

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. While the Fourth World Conference of Women held in Beijing in 1995 fell short of formally recognising the rights of lesbians and gay men, many United Nations bodies and programs – such as the UN Commission on Human Rights, the Human Rights Committee, the High Commission for Refugees, […]

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NAWL Brief on the Importance of Respecting the Substantive Equality Rights of Lesbians to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Mémoire de l’ANFD sur l’importance de respecter le droit des lesbiennes à l’égalité matérielle soumis au Comité permanent sur la justice et les droits de la personne Ce mémoire est disponible seulement en anglais. Notes for NAWL’s presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights, 15 March 2000 The National Association of Women […]

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Protecting Women’s Equality Rights: Refugee Determination

Pursuant to the United Nations 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, Canada provides international protection to refugees only if the persecution is “on account of” race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion…This definition of refugee has been incorporated into Canada’s Immigration Act with only […]

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