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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How a Wee Campaign Nudged a Law of Science

The principle of erosion holds that over time, forces of nature will erode even the most calloused of surfaces. Soft layers erode faster than hard layers. But the world and its atmosphere are unpredictable, the barriers to women’s equality can hardly be deemed soft, and social justice does not adhere to any precise law of…

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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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