Workshops & Consultations

After receiving funding from Status of Women Canada (now Women and Gender Equality Canada) in 2017, we got right to work. We have since consulted dozens of feminist groups, undertaken an environmental scan to assess the capacity of various organizations to engage in law reform advocacy and organized workshops from coast to coast on how to engage in feminist law reform. These consultations and workshops have fuelled the drafting of open letters, discussion papers, briefs and recommendations on how to make laws more feminist and reflective of the diversity of women’s realities and lived experiences.


On February 23, 2019, NAWL held two workshops at the 3rd Law Needs Feminism Because National Forum in Halifax.

Representatives of thirteen national feminist and equality seeking organizations and allies participated in an introductory workshop on feminist law reform convened at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences on September 20, 2019. The twenty participants included a diverse range of senior and junior organizational representatives, as well as feminist law students.

The morning session of the workshop, which presented an introduction to feminist law reform, was facilitated by: NAWL’s Executive Director, Suki Beavers; NAWL Project Director, Rachel Kohut; NAWL Project Partner and Advisory Board member, Pam Cross; and Souhila Baba (who had participated in the Feminist Law Reform Workshop previously convened in Halifax).

The afternoon session of the workshop, which focused on strengthening advocacy skills by writing op-eds, was facilitated by Shari Graydon, founder of Informed Opinions.

Representatives from the following organizations participated in the workshop: Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC); Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), Women of the Métis Nation (Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak); Egale Canada Human Rights TrustCanadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National; Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW); Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS); The Refugee HubAmnesty International CanadaYWCA CanadaCanadian Women’s Foundation (CWF); and Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).