In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Canada adopted an Anti-terrorism Act. NAWL spoke out against adoption of the Act.
We argued that as women and as feminists, we understood the need to take action against terrorism. Indeed, we have been fighting against domestic sexual terrorism that forces approximately 100,000 abused women and children to flee from their homes and seek refuge in shelters every year. Yet we have never recommended that the government infringe basic civil liberties to do so.
NAWL argued that the Act does not strike the necessary balance between collective security and individual liberties. And the limitations on rights and freedoms imposed by the Act will have a disparate impact on men and women belonging to racialized minorities and immigrants.