The Need for Justice and Equality Survives the Shutting Down of the National Association of Women and the Law

Wednesday, July 28 2010

ALLIANCE DES FEMMES Ottawa, September 20, 2007 -

"The shutting down of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is sad news, because Canadian women still need organizations like NAWL who work to achieve justice and equality", says Agathe Gaulin, president of the Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne (AFFC) after the NAWL press conference today.

Since its beginning, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has helped francophone women better understand the issues at stake through advanced research and efficient interventions. NAWL was able to document and analyze developments in the fight against violence towards women, pay equity, gender equality, respect of women rights, family law, day care services and numerous other topics.

"The crucial work of this organization allowed women, and francophone women of course, as well as social and political stakeholders to understand social justice issues and consider the impact of their decisions", adds Gaulin. "This shut down is even more regrettable when we think that NAWL's work, with research such as Rape Shield or the memorandum on the Rape Shield Provisions Upheld, widely contributed to the progress of social justice and equality issues", concludes the president.

The Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne (AFFC) is the only national organization representing French-speaking women in minority settings. Its mission is to defend women and girls' interests, advocate for their rights and support their actions towards their communities' full development.

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