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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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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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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First Nations Governance Act: Same Old Indian Agent Mentality

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) strongly believes that the perspectives of Aboriginal women must be taken into account when proposed changes to the Indian Act and the proposed First Nations Governance Act are considered, particularly because Aboriginal women have been “multiply disadvantaged” and discriminated against based on race, class and gender for too…

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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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Métis Women and Aboriginal Self-Governance: Entrenching Inequality Through the Devolution of Discrimination

Cet article est disponible uniquement en anglais. Like Inuit, status Indian, and non-status women, many Métis women face extreme and lifelong poverty, labour market discrimination, and tremendous barriers to education, political representation, health resources, and other social programming. Métis women also experience high rates of unemployment. These forms of inequality are the legacy of generations…

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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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