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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Stolen Sisters: 500 Aboriginal Women are Missing or Dead

Over the past three decades, some 500 Aboriginal women have disappeared or been murdered in Canada. A 2004 Amnesty International Report documented the systemic killing of indigenous women in Canada, particularly those who were young and impoverished. The Report concludes that Canadian authorities could and should have done more to ensure the safety of these…

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Women and the Social Deficit

Canada adopted the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1976. Countries like Canada that have signed the International Covenant must submit progress reports to an International Committee. Groups like NAWL can also present alternative reports to the Committee. In November of 1998, NAWL submitted a report called: Women and the Social Deficit.…

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NAWL calls on Mr. Harper to respect International Law on Social and Economic Rights

In 1976 Canada ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Yet, despite having ratified this Covenant 30 years ago, little progress has been achieved for the most vulnerable groups in Canadian society. Right Honorable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa Prime Minister Harper, As you know, in 1976…

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Canada Must Re-Invest in Women, Groups tell United Nations in Geneva

OTTAWA – Today in Geneva, women’s organizations and other social justice groups from Canada will report on Canada’s disappointing performance under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The United Nations Committee is due to review Canada’s compliance under this Convention in the coming week. FAFIA, a broad alliance of women’s organizations and…

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The Recent Québec Appeal Court Decision on the Constitutionality of Maternity and Parental Benefits as Employment Insurance benefits: Some Feminist Reflections

Aside from federal/provincial division of powers arguments, the Québec Appeal Court decision raised some important questions about maternity and parental benefits. The Court saw motherhood as an individual choice and therefore an individual responsibility. At NAWL, we think that society as a whole benefits from the work mothers (and increasingly, fathers) do raising children. The…

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The Québec Appeal Court decision on the Constitutionality of Maternity and Parental Benefits as Employment Insurance Benefits

Aside from federal/provincial division of powers arguments, the Québec Appeal Court decision raised some important questions about maternity and parental benefits. The Court saw motherhood as an individual choice and therefore an individual responsibility. At NAWL, we think that society as a whole benefits from the work mothers (and increasingly, fathers) do raising children. The…

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Jurisdiction of Maternity and Parental Benefits Lies with the Provinces / Les prestations de materni

On January 27, 2004, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled that the maternity benefits and parental benefits provisions of the Employment Insurance Act encroach upon provincial jurisdiction and are beyond the jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada. This decision calls for action by us, since the funding of maternity leaves and parental leaves is a…

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World March of Women Plans Worldwide Action in 2005

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. The World March of Women (WMW) is a global network for feminist action that had its genesis in the Quebec women’s movement. WMW focuses on struggles against poverty and violence against women. In 2000, the WMW carried out a series of national actions including popular education, national marches…

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Majority Embraces Stereotype of Poor

There are good news elements in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Gosselin v. Québec (Attorney General). Justice Arbour has written an important and fresh decision on section 7, finding that it creates a positive obligation on governments to deal with economic deprivation. In addition, the majority on the discrimination issue is a slim…

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Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

ADVERTISEMENT Volume 14:1: Women and Poverty: The Challenge of Social and Economic Rights Feminist activists and scholars consistently argued that equality rights guarantees would be of little value to women unless they were read as a source of substantive governmental obligation to address the real life circumstances of women’s lives. The latest volume of the…

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Finding Answers: The Kimberly Rogers Inquest

At its most extreme, the criminalization of poverty costs lives. That is exactly what happened to Kimberly Rogers. Kimberly Rogers was charged and pled guilty to welfare fraud in April 2001. She had collected social assistance and failed to report that she was collecting student loans simultaneously. Social assistance recipients cannot also collect student loans…

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Test-Case Litigation, Social and Economic Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights: What Difference can it Make?

Summary of a presentation from NAWL’s 14th Biennial Conference In the Fall of 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada heard Louise Gosselin’s Charter claim to an adequate level of social assistance (Gosselin v. The Attorney General of Québec, 27418, decision reserved). Gosselin raises important questions regarding whether states have a positive duty to provide social…

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Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights

Ratification of the American Convention on Human Rights L’information d’organisation Presented to the Senate Committee on Human Rights. Available in French only. Présenté au Comité sénatorial permanent des droits de l’homme. L’Association nationale de la femme et du droit (ANFD) est très heureuse d’avoir la possibilité de témoigner devant le Comité sur les droits de…

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The Canadian Gender and Trade Consultation

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. After the World Trade Organization wrapped up its meetings in the heavily patrolled city of Doha, Qatar this past November, Farah Khan, an observer, stated: “Compared with other international gatherings, Doha has been a remarkable and unrelenting gathering of male suits. From the opening plenary to the closing…

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