National feminist groups welcome long-awaited legal action on abortion access in New Brunswick

For Immediate Release A coalition of national feminist organizations welcomes the initiation of legal action by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to fight the discriminatory and anti-choice regulation that prohibits the funding of abortion care outside of hospital settings in New Brunswick. In October 2020, Clinic 554, the only free-standing clinic providing surgical abortions in…

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Action Canada & NAWL respond to 2019 Canada Summer Jobs Program

In response to the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs Program, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action Canada) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) shared an open letter supporting changes made to the Program. A copy of the open letter can be found here. The framework for the 2019 Canada Summer…

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An Open Letter Supporting Recent Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program

The undersigned organizations wholeheartedly support the recent changes made to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program, which seek to secure greater fulfillment of human rights in accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We call on all political parties in Canada to do the same. *** Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Ms. May, Ms.…

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Pre-Budget Consultations: 2005 Federal Budget

In NAWL’s Brief to the Finance Committee on the 2005 Federal Budget (as a member of the Coalition for Women’s Equality), we argued that the federal government has sufficient resources to implement a National Child Care Program (see pages 17 and 18).…

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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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NAWL Shares Communications Skills with Women in China

The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), in partnership with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Queen’s University and the University of Alberta is working on the Canada/China Women’s Law Project. This project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to promote women’s rights in China through improved awareness and implementation…

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Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel

This brief was the basis of a NAWL presentation to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel in October 1999 in Vancouver. The brief addresses issues of procedures, such as speedier complaint processing and guaranteed access to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, as well as substantive changes to the Act. Drawing on a series of…

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Canadian Women and the Social Deficit: A Presentation to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the Occasion of the Consideration of Canada’s Third Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The NAWL presentation to the United Nations seeks to bring to the attention of the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights the impact on Canadian women of Canada’s failure to realize the social and economic rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.…

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Final Report on Court-Related Harassment and Family Law “Justice”: A Review of the Literature & Analysis of Case Law

Prepared by Sandra A. Goundry in association with the Vancouver Association of Women and the Law, this reports provides a useful overview of court-related harassment in the family justice system. The report examines the sources of court-related harassment, provides an analysis of relevant case law and offers recommendations for policy and legislative reform.  …

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