The Mothering in Law Conference

A conference to discuss some of the policies, programs and reforms that will really promote the equality rights of mothers: improved maternity and parental benefits, universal childcare, family law reforms that promote women’s safety and equality, access to matrimonial property for Aboriginal women living on Reserve, parental rights for lesbian mothers, spousal sponsorship of immigrant women, and many more important issues.

Throughout the conference, we want to discuss how these issues are relevant to young women, in particular.

Organized by: the National Association of Women and the Law

Co-Sponsored by:

  • The University of Ottawa
  • The Institute of Women’s Studies
  • The Civil Law and Common Law Sections of the Faculty of Law
  • The Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession

Program:

  • General Programme: pdfdoc
  • Detailed Programme: pdf

Speakers’ Texts:

  • Publication: pdf
    • Theme 1: Mothers at Work
      • Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits Outside Quebec by Rachel Cox
      • Universal Benefits for Mothers and Fathers: A Step Towards Equity and Solidarity! by Hélène Cornellier
    • Theme 2: Mothers in the family
      • Custody and Access and Violence Against Women: The Ontario Model by Pamela Cross
      • Joint Custody: Let’s Face it by Julie Lassonde
      • Ontario Bans Religious Arbitration in Family Law by Pamela Cross
      • Family Patrimony Protection In Quebec by Marie-Claire Belleau
    • Theme 3: Mothers and Citizenship
      • Reclaiming Our Way of Being: Matrimonial Real Property On Reserve by Beverley Jacobs
      • Family Reunification for Live-in Caregivers by Evelyn Calugay
      • Law Reform for Lesbian Mothers (in a System that Likes to Find Fathers for Children) by Susan Boyd and Fiona Kelly
    • Theme 4: State Obligations to Mothers
      • Childcare and Women’s Equality by Jody Dallaire and Tammy Findlay
      • Tax Policy and the Traditional Family Model by Kathleen Lahey

Keynote Address:

  • Defending the Rights of Mothers by Shelagh Day: pdfdoc

Mother’s Day Lobby on Parliament Hill:

  • Mummy, are we there yet? by Lorna Turnbull: pdfdoc

Post Conference:

  • May 14th Recommendations to Parliamentarians: pdfdoc
  • Conference Proceedings by Andrée Côté: pdfdoc
    • Introduction
    • Theme 1: Mothers at Work
      • Improving Maternity and Parental Benefits
      • Exploring a Complimentary Universal Benefits Program
    • Theme 2: Women within the Family
      • Reforming Family Law on Custody and Access
      • Arbitration, Religion and Family Law
      • The Protection of Family Law Patrimony in Québec
      • Inadequate Protection for Common Law Spouses
    • Theme 3: Mothers and Citizenship
      • Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve
      • Family Reunification for Domestic Workers
      • Law Reform for Lesbian Mothers
    • Theme 4: State Obligations to Mothers
      • Childcare and Women’s Equality
      • Tax Policy and the Traditional Family Model
      • Defending Mothers’ Rights
    • Theme 5: Federal policies and the anti-feminist Backlash
    • Theme 6: Defending Women’s Rights on a shoestring Budget Conclusion

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