Fonds 10-036 - National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) fonds

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National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) fonds

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CA ON0034 10-036

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  • 1974-2006 (Creation)
    National Association of Women and the Law

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11.41 m of textual records
302 audio cassettes
760 GB moving image (avi)
27.4 GB electronic records (wav, pdf)
139 photographs : b&w and col.
49 photographs : col. slides
25 computer disks : 14 x 15 cm (5.25" diskettes)
16 strips of microfilm (63 photographs) : negative ; 36 mm
15 computer disks : 9 x 9 cm (3.5" diskettes)
2 videocassettes (VHS)
4 audio reels : 6.35 mm x 274.3 m ; polyester
2 t-shirts
1 print : poster

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"The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is a Canadian non-profit feminist organization that has worked to improve the legal status of women in Canada through law reform since 1974.
In 1974, NAWL was created at a conference held at the University of Windsor law school. NAWL was initially headed by the National Coordinating Committee based out of the University of Ottawa Law School, Common Law Section, then later governed by a regionally representative National Steering Committee that acts as a Board of Directors and is elected by the membership. Among other things, the Steering Committee has oversight over finances and budgeting.
NAWL has used its unique research as a foundation for effective action and advocacy. Through its educational work, NAWL has played a vital role in raising public awareness about legal issues affecting women. NAWL has played a major role in the following milestones towards women's equality: Sections 15 and 28 in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the amendments to the sexual assault laws; positive changes to family law and to the divorce act; rape shield legislation; criminal harassment legislation.
L'Association nationale de la femme et du droit (ANFD) est une organisation féministe canadienne à but non lucratif qui œuvre depuis 1974 à l'amélioration du statut juridique des femmes au Canada par le biais d'une réforme du droit.
L'ANFD a été créée en 1974 lors d'une conférence organisée à la faculté de droit de l'Université de Windsor. L'ANFD a d'abord été dirigée par le Comité national de coordination basé à la Faculté de droit de l'Université d'Ottawa, section Common Law, puis par la suite par un Comité national de direction représentatif au niveau régional qui fait office de Conseil d'administration et qui est élu par les membres. Le Comité directeur est notamment chargé de superviser les finances et le budget.
L'ANFD a utilisé ses recherches uniques comme base d'une action et d'un plaidoyer efficaces. Par son travail d'éducation, l'ANFD a joué un rôle essentiel dans la sensibilisation du public aux questions juridiques qui touchent les femmes. L'ANFD a joué un rôle majeur dans les étapes suivantes vers l'égalité des femmes : Les articles 15 et 28 de la Charte des droits et libertés ; les amendements aux lois sur les agressions sexuelles ; les changements positifs apportés au droit de la famille et à la loi sur le divorce ; la législation sur la protection contre le viol ; la législation sur le harcèlement criminel."

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The fonds consists of records related to the activities of the National Association of Women and the Law, its Steering Committee and Caucus'. Records are related to NAWL publications, conferences, administration, history and various issues. The fonds is broken down into nine series.
Le fonds est constitué de documents relatifs aux activités de l'Association nationale des femmes et du droit, de son comité directeur et de ses caucus. Les documents concernent les publications de l'ANFD, les conférences, l'administration, l'histoire et diverses questions. Le fonds est divisé en neuf séries.

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Please note that the records currently held on legacy media are not currently available for access due to preservation reasons.

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Accession number FEM 1996-10, FEM 2002-13, FEM 2007-11


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Some newsletters and monographs produced by NAWL can be found in the Women's Periodicals Collections accessible through the Library catalogue.


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