Mothering in Law: Defending Women’s Rights in 2007

Posted 2007-05-28 by Chi Nguyen | Jurisfemme Publications – Volume 25, No. 1, Spring 2007

This May, NAWL, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, will be hosting Mothering In Law, its biennial national conference. The Conference will take place on Friday, May 11 and Saturday May 12 -- Mother’s Day weekend. The conference will provide an opportunity for discussion about policies, programs, and legal reforms that will promote the equality rights of mothers: improved maternity and parental benefits, universal childcare, family law reforms that promote women’s safety and equality, access to matrimonial property for Aboriginal women living on Reserve, parental rights for lesbian mothers, spousal sponsorship of immigrant women, and many more important issues.

The National Association of Women and the Law will also discuss with NAWL members and supporters how we can organize advocacy and law reform in the current political context. Given the changes in the Women’s Program mandate and funding criteria, NAWL and other women’s groups urgently need to develop alternative ways of organizing feminist advocacy on a shoestring budget, and we want your ideas!

The weekend will close with a Mother’s Day Lobby on Parliament Hill, on Monday May 14, and we would invite you to join us in speaking with your MP to let them know what women really need from the federal government.