Electoral Reform

In 2000, the Canadian Women’s March Committee’s published a document called “It’s Time for Change”. This document set out a list of demands for the Federal Government aimed at ending poverty and violence against women. However, few of these demands have been implemented. The lack of response to the Women’s March’s demands points to the…

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A Mandate of Equality: Women and Electoral Reform

Pursuing electoral reform is an important issue for equality-seeking women in Canada, and is the main focus of the following paper. The limitations of the current First Past the Post (FPP) electoral structure will be examined from the perspective of the Canadian women’s movement and its policy priorities. Furthermore, three mechanisms for political change will…

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Reinventing Globalization and the Power of Positive Thinking

If there was one message that came strongly out of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, it is that feminists worldwide need to start putting forth concrete and implementable alternatives to the current neo-liberal globalization model. While we have analyzed the economic policies and critiqued them from every angle, the…

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The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women

A summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference Canada has been a leader in women’s human rights in the international human rights arena for several years. Indeed, Canada backed the campaign at the 1993 United Nations World Conference on Human Rights that led to the recognition that women’s rights are an inalienable, integral…

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Pursuing a Feminist Policy Agenda through Electoral Reform

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Over the past few months NAWL has reviewed the issue of federal electoral reform, and how changes to the current federal system may facilitate a shift in the policy priorities of the Canadian Parliament. NAWL is committed to advancing the policy document of the Canadian Women’s March Committee,…

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Political Parity and the Charter of Rights

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Notes prepared for the “Stages of Citizenship ” Conference, University of Ottawa, November 2-3, 2000 Women’s underrepresentation in politics is a well-known fact. It is a historical phenomenon, which remains characteristic of all modern democratic systems. Currently, only 21% of Canadian MP’s are women. This disparity has many…

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Women’s Election Website

Women’s Election Website During the recent federal election NAWL helped operate a women’s bilingual website,”Women’s Election – 2000 reasons to vote”. This site was produced by a coalition of equality seeking women and women’s organizations in partnership with Womenspace and the National Association of Women and the Law. The initiative was born out of a…

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