A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Creating default object from empty value

Filename: republic_variables/ext.republic_variables.php

Line Number: 74

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/nawlanfd/expressionengine_system/codeigniter/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: core/EE_Input.php

Line Number: 213

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/nawlanfd/expressionengine_system/codeigniter/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: core/EE_Input.php

Line Number: 213

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/nawlanfd/expressionengine_system/codeigniter/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: core/EE_Input.php

Line Number: 213

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/nawlanfd/expressionengine_system/codeigniter/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: core/EE_Input.php

Line Number: 213

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/nawlanfd/expressionengine_system/codeigniter/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: core/EE_Input.php

Line Number: 213

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/nawlanfd/expressionengine_system/codeigniter/system/core/Exceptions.php:170)

Filename: core/Common.php

Line Number: 475

Liste des publications de l’ANFD 1982-1999 – Association nationale Femmes et Droit

Liste des publications de l’ANFD 1982-1999


Criminal Justice
Child Care
Equality/Human Rights
Family Law
Gender and the Law/Women in the Legal Profession and the Courts
Health and Reproductive Issues
Women’s Social and Economic Rights
Violence Against Women and Children




Submissions to the Standing Committee on Bill C-46 An Act to Amend the Criminal Code in Respect of Production of Records in Sexual Offence Proceedings, March 1997; 68p.

NAWL congratulates the government for attempting to curb the damaging effects of recent Supreme Court decisions (Behariell and O'Connor). NAWL makes some practical suggestions for improvement. NAWL consulted very thoroughly with front line groups to develop its position.

Section 213 of the Criminal Code - Prostitution, March 1991; 5p.

This brief was written in response to recommendations by the Committee on Justice and the Solicitor General to make prostitution an indictable offence, in order to permit fingerprinting of all prostitutes. Happily, the federal government agreed with NAWL's comments, and did not implement the Committee's recommendation.

Women and Sentencing, December 1990; 6p.

Written in response to a consultation paper by the Department of Justice on directions for reform, this brief contains NAWL's views on sentencing and corrections.

Prostitution: Bill C-49 Four Years Later, Brief submitted to the Standing Committee of Justice and Solicitor General, December 1989; 17p.

Outlines NAWL's concerns with the 1985 anti-soliciting law. Prostitutes' safety and enforcement inequities between prostitutes and their customers are highlighted. Also shows how the law did not achieve the purpose for which it was enacted which was to clean up Canadian streets. NAWL advocates decriminalization of soliciting.

Bill C-49: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Prostitution), by Brenda Cox-Graham, October 1985; 10p.

States that government concern with traffic congestion, nuisance and the quality of neighbourhood life ignores the real problems of drug trafficking, pimping and juvenile prostitution. Emphasizes NAWL's position that use of the Criminal Code is not the answer and that the economic and social causes of prostitution must be addressed instead.

Recommendations in Regard to Pornography in the Fraser Report and to the Government's Discussion Paper on the Report of the Special Committee on Pornography & Prostitution, October 1985; 16p.

Supports the recommendations in the Fraser Report, with appropriate modifications, and criticizes the government's discussion paper for neglecting to address the recommendations in the Fraser Report.

Freedom From Harm or Freedom of Speech? A Feminist Perspective on the Regulation of Pornography, by Jillian Ridington. February 1983; 72p.

A careful analysis of the definition of pornography as well as a discussion of the degrading effects of pornography on women. Explores conflict between freedom of speech and regulation of pornography. Examines effects of laws against obscenity and proposes changes from a feminist perspective.

Soliciting for the Purpose of Prostitution, Brief presented to the Special Committee on the Constitution, November 1980; 18p.

Recommends certain modifications to the legal status of street soliciting and considers which type of legislation, regulatory or prohibitive, is better.

Back to the Top




Brief Submitted to the Special Committee on Child Care, June 1986; 26p.

To fulfil the Charter's guarantee of equal protection and benefit of the law, the government must provide child care. Discusses cost-sharing between the provincial and federal governments and gives analysis, with recommendations for improvement regarding funding, unemployment programmes and child care centres.

Day Care - A Discussion Paper, by Jillian Ridington, February 1983; 68p.


Explains that women will continue to be seen as "angels in the home" until men shoulder an equal share of the responsibility for raising children. Children must be seen as a collective resource rather than a woman's burden. Examines the evolution of the day care system, and offers suggestions for improvement.

Back to the Top




NAWL's Submission on the Pay Equity Act Review, April 1996;

This brief makes the case for strengthening the existing act and includes a list of specific recommendations as statistics show that Ontario women are still only making 73.5¢ for every dollar that men earn.

Bill C-12: An Act Respecting Employment Insurance in Canada, the Impact on Women, March 1996; 12p.

The brief outlines the disparate effects that proposed legislative changes to the UI system will have on women. It urges the government to reverse its plans for these changes.

Bill C-64: Amendments to the Federal Employment Equity Act, February 1995; 20p.

NAWL's Submission to the Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of Disabled Persons is a response to Bill C-64. It highlights problems such as the loss of the ability of third parties to bring systemic discrimination complaints.

Submission to the Legislative Committee on Bill 79, An Act to Provide for Employment Equity for Aboriginal People, People with Disabilities, Members of Racial Minorities and Women, August 1993; 23p.

NAWL's Submission to the Legislative Committee is a response to Bill 79, with some suggestions and comments on how it will fail to advance equality rights in Ontario.

Submission on Bill C-113, An Act to Provide for Government Expenditure Restraint (U.I.C. Amendments). March 1993; 18p.

NAWL's brief addresses the implications for women of the proposed cuts to U.I.

Pay Equity in British Columbia, December 1992; 5p.

Comments on British Columbia's proposals for implementing pay equity in that province.

Working Towards Equality, April 1992; 26p.

NAWL response to "Working Towards Equality" (Employment Equity in Ontario)

Employment Equity, June 1991; 6p.

NAWL's recommendations for amendments to the federal Employment Equity Act are contained in this brief, along with suggestions for improving enforcement of the legislation.

Achieving Pay Equity in Ontario, April 1990; 11p.

This paper is NAWL's response to a discussion paper by the Ontario Ministry of Labour on proposed amendments to the Pay Equity Act.

Submission to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-21 - An Act to Amend the Unemployment Insurance Act, August 1989; 43p.

Sets out NAWL's concerns with the proposed legislation on UIC tabled in the House of Commons, including the government's plan to discontinue its contributions to the UIC plan and to take money from that plan to finance training programs. Takes the position that penalty provisions for those who quit without just cause or those who are fired for misconduct are unduly onerous.

Submission of the National Association of Women and the Law to the Labour Canada Committee on Benefits for Part-time Workers, by Lori Sterling, August 1987; 21p.

Addresses the need for legislative reform on matters affecting part-time workers, the majority of whom are women in low-salaried jobs.

Submission to the Commission of Inquiry on Unemployment Insurance, by Wendy King and Roslyn Paulkner. February 1986; 33p.

An overview of unemployment benefits is accompanied by a detailed analysis of the present problems in the scheme.

Unemployment Insurance - Discussion Paper, by the University of Ottawa Caucus of Women and the Law. February 1983; 18p.

Reviews 1970's amendments to the Act and examines proposals to change the Act in areas that discriminate against female workers. Describes the rising social costs relating to U.I. cutbacks and how raising of entrance requirements, reductions of benefit rates and high penalties for quitting cause more hardship on women than men.

Affirmative Action for Women in Canada. Summer 1982; 86p.

Reviews the legal basis on which affirmative action programmes can be created. Surveys sexual discrimination decisions and discusses American experience.

Back to the Top




Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel. Submitted by: Action travail des femmes, La Table féministe de concertation provinciale de l"ontario, and NAWL. December 1999, 69p.

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 case studies, NAWL's Brief illustrates how the Act itself is in fact a source of discrimination.

Canadian Women and the Social Deficit: A Presentation to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, November 1998;

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.

Bill C-33: An Act Respecting Human Rights in Canada, A Promise Finally Fulfilled. May 1996;

The brief congratulates the government for including sexual orientation in the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act. However, it criticizes the government for allowing a free vote on this issue.

Submission to the Ontario Commission on Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System. October 1993; 12p.

NAWL's presentation with the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada and the Elizabeth Fry Society focused on the programming needs of incarcerated women, the impact of the "wife assault as a crime" strategy, and the need for diversity on the bench.

Women and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, by Honourable Bertha Wilson. February 1993; 14p.

The Honourable Bertha Wilson's keynote address to NAWL's Tenth Biennial Conference Healing the Past, Forming the Future.

Women and Constitutional Change, August 1992; 30p.

A response by NAWL to various federal proposals for amending the Constitution of Canada.

Consent to Treatment and Substitute Decision Making, September 1991; 10p.

NAWL responded to Ontario legislation that recognizes a new category of "partners" (in addition to spouses). The document comments on the implications of this category for lesbian and gay partners, and advocates for a guarantee of explicit consent to treatment for pregnant women.

Background Paper - Bill C-31, An Act to Amend the Indian Act, by Holly Penner. Spring 1988; 23p.

Shows how Bill C-31 has had the effect of pitting native women and men against each other and that the entire Indian Act is riddled with difficulties.

Elderly Women: The Invisible Majority, by Paula Hrankowski, edited by Susan M. Adams. December 1987; 86p.

Elderly women are at a grave economic disadvantage in Canadian society. Yet this study of the legal status of aging women indicates that current legal remedies are inadequate. The author describes the complex set of regulations affecting women living in institutions. Legal protections do not always have their intended effects, resulting in paternalism. The paper also discusses critically the power of human rights legislation to remedy age discrimination.

Brief to the Special Joint Committee on the 1987 Constitutional Accord. July 1987; 27p.

Focuses on implications for women's equality rights. Analyses the contentious issues surrounding Charter rights in clause 3 and clause 16, limits on section 2, and makes recommendations on federal spending powers, female appointments to the Supreme Court and other matters.

Submission to the Federal Department of Justice Concerning the Review of the Canadian Human Rights Act, by Helena P. Orton. July 1986; 15p.

Deals with the procedural and substantive weaknesses of 1986 legislation, and makes specific recommendations for amendments to the Act, including primacy of the Act, procedure from complaint to hearing to appeal, affirmative action as a remedy, prohibited grounds of discrimination, systemic discrimination and the duty to make reasonable accommodation.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Not Just Words on Paper. Brief submitted to the Parliamentary Sub-committee on Equality Rights. July 1985; 48p.

Analyses the Charter and its implications for women.

Interest Group Intervention, by Wendy King. July 1985; 18p.

Both a "How-to" and a theoretical discussion of the basis for intervention by third parties in litigation.

Women's Human Right to Equality: A Promise Unfulfilled, Brief presented to the Special Committee on the Constitution. November 1980; 18p.

Outlines changes that could improve the proposed 1982 Charter legislation.

Back to the Top




Women Speak Out on Custody and Access
Report of NAWL's On-Line Consultation on Custody and Access. , August 1999; 20p

NAWL, with the financial assistance from Status of Women Canada, undertook to assist women across the country to look at the potential impact of changes put forward by the Special Joint Committee on Custody and Access. NAWL suggested ways in which women could effectively bring their experiences and points of view to the legislators.

The Child Support Guidelines, NAWL’s Response To the Federal Child Support Guidelines, March 1998; 15p.

NAWL's Response to the Federal Child Support Guidelines provides recommendations and general comments regarding the proposed amendments to the Divorce Act. While supporting the objectives of the Child Support Guidelines, NAWL urges the government to ensure that the guidelines and their application accomplish the initial goal of increasing the amount and availability of support for children.

Custody and Access: NAWL Brief to the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access. March 1998; 35p.

NAWL'S brief to the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access examines the issue relating to disputed custody claims between parents. The brief outlines NAWL's recommendations to the Committee, with a focus on the “best interest of the child” standard, violence and abuse against women and children, access and custody arrangements, mediation and women's access to legal advice and legal aid.

Final Report on Court-Related Harassment and Family Law. March 1998; 97p

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.

The Child Support Guidelines, NAWL’s Response To Amendments to the Divorce Act and to the Working Draft of the Federal Child Support Guidelines. October 1996; 18p

While supporting the Bill, NAWL points out some major areas for reform; most notably, some of the amounts are too low, and regular updating is essential. The Guidelines were put in place to reduce uncertainties and to help ensure that child support obligations are met.

Child Support Guidelines. December 1995; 23p.

As NAWL's response to the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Family Law Report on Child Support Guidelines, this paper outlines NAWL's concerns about some major flaws in the proposed formula.

Fairness in Family Law. September 1994; 55p.

This study by the Manitoba Association of Women and the Law analyses 146 Manitoba cases from January 1988 through June 1992 in which child or spousal support was an issue. It shows that gender bias results in unfairness to women after divorce and therefore adds to the poverty of their children.

Submission to the Federal Task Force on the Taxation of Child Support Payments. August 1994; 10p.

Prompted by the court of appeal ruling in Thibaudeau, this task force was formed. NAWL proposes the elimination of the inclusion/deduction system and the establishment of a diminishing tax credit.

Lost Earning Capacity Under The Divorce Act: Fact or Fiction? by Dani Ann Dignard. May 1994; 67p.

A response to critiques of the trilogy of Ontario decisions: Ormerod, Charbonneau and Elliot.

Response to Custody and Access: Public Discussion Paper. Submitted to the Custody and Access Project, Family and Youth Law Policy Section of the Department of Justice. January 1994; 16p.

Reviews and discusses issues related to Custody and Access of children in this country. NAWL also raises for consideration the changing face of family formations in Canada and the impact of this diversity on Custody and Access issues.

Enforcement of Support and Custody Orders. February 1991; 8p.

NAWL delivered this brief on the government of Ontario's Bill 17 to the Standing Committee on the Administration of Justice.

Submission of the Manitoba Association of Women and the Law on Bill 11 and the Proposed Access Enforcement Programme, by the Manitoba Association of Women and the Law. December 1988; 51p.

Criticizes Manitoba's access enforcement programme and Bill 11. No rigorous analysis or sound empirical research preceded the legislation. Furthermore, the assumptions the legislation is based upon are unfounded, namely that children invariably benefit from frequent contact with both parents following marital breakdown and that access denial is a widespread problem. Argues that the problem of access enforcement is minuscule in comparison with problems of support and maintenance order enforcement.

Bill C-47: Joint Custody, Child Support, Maintenance Enforcement and Related Issues. Brief submitted to the Standing Committee on Justice & Legal Affairs and presented before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs, by Louise Lamb. October 1985.

Vol. 1: 24p.

Vol. 2: Appendices and References to Vol. 1; 115p.

A critical examination, from a feminist perspective, of recent legislative initiatives (Canadian & American) in the area of joint custody, maintenance, and access enforcement.

Divorce Law Reform, by Gwen Brodsky. April 1985; 24p.

A background paper on the 1984 proposed reforms to the Divorce Act, Bill C-10.

Legislative Initiatives Necessary to the Implementation of a Fair Scheme for Division of Private Sector Pensions Upon the Termination of a Marriage or Separation in Canada, by Deborah Acheson and Gwen Brodsky. February 1985.

Vol. 1: Text of Paper; 104p.

Vol. 2: Part 1: Case Authorities; 141p.

Vol. 2: Part 2: Pension Standards Legislation. 181p.

Vol. 2: Part 3: Matrimonial Property Legislation; 202p.


Examines valuation, enforcement and jurisdictional problems associated with division of private sector pensions, and recommends legislative initiatives necessary to the implementation of a fair scheme for their division.

Back to the Top




Submission by the National Association of Women and the Law to the CBA Task Force on Racism in the Legal Profession. February, 1997; 35p


NAWL's submission to the Canadian Bar Association on Racism in the Legal Profession Task Force focuses on solutions to the racism that undisputedly permeates the profession. Through personal stories and suggestions for reform, NAWL shows the profound effect of intersection of race and gender on minority women in the profession.

Creating Diversity on the Bench. Submission to the Department of Justice on Revising the Federal Judicial Appointments Process. December 1993; 22p.


NAWL addressed the lack of diversity on the bench, the effect of the status quo on women, and examines ways to achieve diversity in judicial appointments.

CBA Task Force on Gender Equality. January 1993.

Vol. 1: Practioners; 88p.


NAWL's submission to the Canadian Bar Association Task Force on Gender Equality.

Vol. 2: Students; 101p.


Submissions from the Osgoode Hall Regional Caucus of NAWL to the CBA Task Force.

Ontario Judicial Council. October 1992; 16p.


NAWL's response to the Ontario Governments's Consultation Document on the Ontario Judicial Council. NAWL makes recommendations for the better use and functioning of the Ontario Judicial Council.

Gender and the Law, An Introductory Handbook for Law Students. Fall 1992; 26p.


A unique collection of short articles that provide an introduction to feminist legal thought published by the NAWL Charitable Trust for Research and Education.

Gender Equality in the Courts - Criminal Law, Study by the Manitoba Association of Women and the Law. March 1991; 361p.


This report canvasses the issue of gender unfairness in the Canadian legal system. Using case law analysis of selected Manitoban and some national decisions in the area of criminal law, the study adopts a victim's perspective.

Gender Equality in the Courts, Study by the Manitoba Association of Women and the Law. November 1988; 161p.


Documents widespread sex discrimination in the treatment of female lawyers, law students, law professors and women before the courts, as well as in the outcome of certain types of litigation. Recommends that education programs be developed for the use of judges, lawyers and law professors and that a national task force be formed.

Back to the Top




NAWL’s Response to Bill C-47 and the Working Document on New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies: "Setting Boundaries, Enhancing Health". April 1997; 19p.


While congratulating the government for taking action in this difficult and ever changing area, NAWL criticizes the broad use of the criminal law power especially when it impinges on women's right to choose. As well as commenting on Bill C-47, NAWL also offers suggestions for improvement on government plans for a regulatory agency.

Brief to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-43, An Act Respecting Abortion. Submitted by NAWL's Working Group on Health and Reproductive Issues. February 1990; 46p.


This brief explains in detail why Bill C-43 is fundamentally flawed. Some of the reasons are that this is an inappropriate use of the criminal law, that it will open a door to legal harassment of women and doctors and that its provisions violate women's Charter rights.

A Response to "Crimes Against the Foetus" the Law Reform Commission of Canada's Working Paper #58, by NAWL's Working Group on Health and Reproductive Issues. November 1989; 44p.


Takes issue with the Law Reform Commission's proposal to create a crime of harm to or destruction of the foetus. Argues that the commission fails its own test for the criminalization of behaviour and that the commission displays little understanding of women's rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Update On the Abortion Law in Canada, by Diana Dimmer and Loreta Zubas. July 1985; 37p.


An analysis of the legal issues arising out of Dr. Morgentaler's trial in Toronto. Includes a chronological review of events that explain the 1985 state of the law, and the potential impact of the Charter on future challenges to anti-abortion laws.

DANGER, KEEP OUT! Exclusionary Hiring Practices by Employers, Reproductive Hazards at Work, by Lynn Kaye, March 1985; 47p.


Examination of the issue of hiring practices that exclude women due to workplace hazards to reproductive capacity; review of reported cases, examination of human rights policy issues, discussion of Charter impact. Presented to Labour Canada.

Abortion Law and Improved Abortion Services, by Sharon Walls. September 1982; 68p.


Examination of the present laws relating to therapeutic abortions in Canada. Includes a historical account of the origins of the abortion law, its reform in Britain and in Canada.

Back to the Top




Gender Analysis of Immigration and Refugee Protection Legislation and Policy.Submission to Citizenship and Immigration Canada by the Ad Hoc Committee on Gender Analysis of the Immigration Act. March 1999; 30p

The paper addresses the role of immigrant and refugee women's experience and gender analysis in the legislative consultation process. It includes issues such as involvement of women and use of gender/race analysis in immigration and refugee protection, gender and family issues, immigrant and refugee women's economic status and labour force participation, preventing and challenging violence against immigrant and refugee women, and protecting refugee women. It points out how proposed policy directions do not adequately consider the general circumstances and ongoing needs of immigrant and refugee women in Canada, and makes policy recommendations.

Back to the Top




Supporting Families, Supporting Gender Equality: Improving Canada's Tax and Transfer System, by Lisa Philipps and Kim Brooks. May 1999, 18 p.

NAWL's brief submitted to the House of Commons Finance Sub-Committee on Tax-Fairness for Canadian Families. NAWL finds unfortunate the debate over the tax fairness to families with a male breadwinner and female full-time caregiver. These issues do not provide a good basis for discussing much needed reforms to the tax and transfer system as it affects families.

Pre-Budget Consultations: 1999 Federal Budget Tackling the Social Deficit Securing Gender Equality, by Lisa Philipps. August 1998, 29 p.

NAWL's brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (presented to the Committee in August 1998) urges the Government to concentrate on reducing the country's alarming social deficit which has very specific negative effects on women, and as such exacerbates the "equality deficit" for women. NAWL recommends changes to fiscal policy in five major areas: social programs, anti-poverty measures, caregiving work, retirement security and women's advocacy. NAWL points out shortcomings in the fiscal policy process and suggests steps to enhance women's participation in making fiscal policy, thereby improving policy outputs which achieve equality.

Women and the Canada Health and Social Transfer: Ensuring Gender Equality in Federal Welfare Reform, by Martha Jackman, April 1996; 59p.

This brief assesses the implications of the repeal of the Canada Assistance Plan, the attendant loss of national standards, and the resulting need for protection of the social welfare net. It suggests how the CHST might be amended to better reflect and promote women's equality rights.

Ontario Omnibus Bill 26: The Proposed Savings and Restructuring Act, 1995. January 1996; 54p. ISBN:0-895996-14-7

Written by the Toronto Area Caucus of Women and the Law this paper analyzes the implications for women in the area of health, employment, freedom of information and municipal issues of Bill 26, which proposes to amend 47 pieces of legislation.

Economic Security For Farm Women: A Discussion Paper. March 1995; 61p.

This brief analyzes barriers to equality for farm women and identifies action strategies to promote farm women's legal rights and economic security. It examines matrimonial property law, land ownership, inheritance succession, social and other services, farm debt, income tax, farm financing, health and farm safety.

The Federal Social Security Reform: Taking Gender Into Account. December 1994; 63p. ISBN:0-895996-03-1

NAWL's response to the Standing Committee on Human Resource Development's Discussion Paper "Improving Social Security in Canada". It addresses the need for social security with a woman-centred analysis in the discussion surrounding social reform.

The 1995 Federal Pre-Budget Consultations: Taking Gender Into Account. November 1994; 19p. ISBN:0-929049-99-3

NAWL proposes equitable ways for government to increase revenues and makes a case for the preservation of social programs and strong national standards in its submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

The Federal Social Security Reform. Submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development. March 1994; 42p.

NAWL's Submission focused on trends for women in employment related issues in the Unemployment Insurance Act, and makes recommendations for the reform of social assistance.

Bill C-80 and Related Measures. July 1992; 12p.

NAWL's response to the Department of Health and Welfare's White Paper, “The Child Benefit: A White Paper on Canada's New Integrated Child Tax Benefit”. Submitted to the Parliamentary Committee studying Bill C-80.

Women and Tax Policy. February 1991; 8p.

This document was a background paper for the NAWL conference on the Feminization of Poverty.

NAWL Submission to the Standing Committee on National Health and Welfare on Survivors' Benefits Under the Canadian Pension Plan, by Gwen Brodsky. December 1987; 16p.

Emphasizes women's need for non-discriminatory entitlement to and lifetime support from survivor benefits. The paper challenges the government's view of women's current economic status.

Back to the Top




Discriminatory Uses of Personal Records in Sexual Violence Cases, by Karen Busby. January 1996; 27p.

The paper is designed to be of use to women in sexual assault centres who are likely to be faced with subpoenas to produce personal records. It also gives a useful summary of the two Supreme Court cases that represent current law on the issue.

Bill C-72: The Response to the `Drunkenness Law', by Elizabeth Sheehy. June 1995; 43p. ISBN:0-895996-07-4

This brief addresses the government’s legislative response to the Daviault decision that created a defence of extreme intoxication for offences such as sexual assault and manslaughter. It outlines the history of the law before the Daviault decision and section by section, analyses Bill C-72 and its constitutionality.

Bill C-68: An Act Respecting Firearms and Other Weapons, May 1995; 9p.

NAWL views gun control as one important component of a multi-faceted strategy to reduce violence against women. In our brief, we identify the policy considerations that make the issue of gun control an important one for women, and we address the major provisions of Bill C-68.

Submission to the Standing Committee on Bill 100, An Act to Amend the Regulated Health Profession Amendment Act, November 1993; 25p.

NAWL's presentation on legislation to regulate the discipline of health professionals accused of sexually abusing their patients includes recommendations on a comprehensive definition of sexual abuse, standing for patients at disciplinary hearings and appropriate compensation.

Submission on Bill C-126: An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and The Young Offenders Act, June 1993; 21p.

NAWL's brief discusses stalking and harassment, abduction of children, spousal conspiracy and child witnesses.

Four Year Review of the Act to Amend the Criminal Code and Canada Evidence Act, (Sexual Offences) (formerly Bill C-15). May 1993; 29p.

NAWL's brief pertains to laws governing sexual offences against children, and proposed rules on children giving evidence in court.

Brief on Bill C-49, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Sexual Assault). May 1992; 17p. ISBN:0-929049-68-3

NAWL's response to the proposed "rape shield" law. Submitted to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-49.

Gun Control and Violence Against Women, December 1990; 18p.

A brief to the Senate Committee on the government's 1990 gun control legislation (which failed to pass), this paper discusses issues surrounding gun control and women as victims of crimes involving firearms.

Brief on Bill C-15, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Canada Evidence Act Regarding Sexual Offences Against Young People. Submitted to the Legislative Committee on Bill C-15. December 1986; 17p.

Applauds government's initiatives regarding child sexual abuse, but shows concern about procedure and evidence provisions. Outlines changes to improve child victims' access to the courts and proposes changes to new offences of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, and invitation to sexual touching including an additional offence to deal with the problem of repeated sexual offences on a particular victim by the same offender.

A New Image for Sexual Offences in the Criminal Code: Brief in Response to Bill C-53. October 1981; 40p.

A discussion of the changes to assault offences in Bill C-53, protection of children, evidentiary and procedural reforms, and prostitution.