NAWL forced to lay off staff and close office; Press Conference on September 20, 2007 (Ottawa, ON)

Monday, July 26 2010

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that, because of the Conservative government's changes in funding policies to women's groups, the National Association of Women and the Law is forced to lay off all staff and shut down its national office. NAWL's Board will keep the organization alive on a volunteer basis, but our capacity to consult with women's groups and advocate for feminist law reform will be greatly diminished.

We will be holding a Press Conference on September 20th at 11:00AM on Parliament Hill to denounce the silencing of NAWL and other advocacy and research organizations by the Harper government. The press conference will be followed by a Solidarity Lunch hosted by NAWL. If you are in the Ottawa region, please join us to celebrate 33 years of feminist engagement with the law, and to mark this new phase in the life of NAWL. There is no cost for the lunch. Donations are welcome.

Please RSVP by Tuesday September 18 to Jackie Steele at: We will be sending you more information on the NAWL transition in the next few days. As I will be leaving NAWL soon, communications will be coming from the NAWL Board members. We will also be posting more information on our website at

In solidarity, Andrée Côté

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