NAWL UpdateMonday, July 26 2010
As you know, NAWL was forced to move its national office and lay off paid staff in September 2007 when funding shortfalls caused by changes in the mandate of Status of Women Canada made it impossible to continue with 'business as usual.'
Throughout the past 8 months, supported by Jackie Steele on NAWL asperations, the National Steering Committee (NSC) has held regular conference calls and two in-person meetings in order to manage the organization through this challenging transition, seek alternative, sustainable funding, and consider possible next steps. Our objective has been to consider how NAWL could revitalize itself in order to continue to work effectively to advance women's equality issues.
Since its founding in 1974, NAWL has undertaken a variety of law reform
efforts to promote the equality rights of all women in Canada. NAWL plans
to continue this crucial work in a post-Harper world. But, given the current political context, it will adopt different ways of doing so.
The NAWL NSC met in person in Ottawa on February 10th to take stock. The NSC is delighted to announce that, thanks to the generous financial
contributions of NAWL's supporters, including the, Public Service Alliance
of Canada, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadian Union of Postal Workers (Medicine Hat Local), Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, the Canadian Labour Congress, the Sanda Rodgers' birthday celebration fund,
the Frances Fish Awards Dinner, and the numerous generous donations from individual donors over the fall, it is now possible to move ahead with
NAWL's strategic re-visioning campaign.
We have been very fortunate to secure the consulting services of Pamela
Cross as our Director of Strategic Planning. Pamela is a long time supporter of NAWL. She is a lawyer and community activist who has extensive experience and expertise in policy development and strategic planning as a result of her work with feminist organizations and as an active member of the feminist coalition. Pamela was our executive director from 2006 to 2007 and we are thrilled that she has agreed to assist us as we move forward.
Pamela will work closely with the NAWL NSC to plan and implement a
strategic vision for NAWL, one designed to ensure that NAWL can continue to fulfill its important mandate and unique role within the women's
movement. We are confident that NAWL will emerge from this process as an even stronger voice for feminist law reform in Canada.
You can reach NAWL at 613.241.7570 or consult our website at: www.nawl.ca