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

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National Association of Women and the Law fonds

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  • Multiple media

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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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6.02 m of textual records
302 audiocassettes
760 GB moving image (avi)
27.4 GB electronic records (wav, pdf)
128 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

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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. Since then, 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.

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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.

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


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