Canada

We have received the following call for action from friends in Canada who ask that we write letters to Dr. Martha Bailey protesting her recommendation that the Federal Government of Canada remove Section 293 from the Criminal Code of Canada, thus, decriminalizing polygamy in Canada.
Marion Boyd has submitted her review of the arbitration process in Ontario and the appropriateness of its use in resolving family disputes, entitled, “Dispute Resolution in Family Law: Protecting Choice, Promoting Inclusion,”1 to the Attorney General and the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. It is a lengthy and thoughtful report that carefully weighs many competing interests with respect to the use of arbitration, particularly arbitration based on religious law, in resolving family disputes and also examines relevant constitutional issues.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) is holding a series of regional meetings across the country in December 2005 and January 2006.
Divorce and other family law matters in Ontario will no longer be settled through sharia or any other faith-based system under legislation proposed yesterday.
Feminist activist and political theorist Marieme Hélie-Lucas will give the 9th Annual Dame Nita Barrow public lecture ''Women Living Under Muslim Laws'' on Tuesday, 15 Nov, 19:00 George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Canada.
The Ontario government cancelled sharia tribunals last month, but the controversy has not gone away.
Comment l'arbitrage religieux compromet les droits des femmes au Canada et dans le monde.
How faith-based arbitration shuts out women's rights in Canada and abroad.
Final report of this conference held in May 2005, which contributed to the mobilization of feminist organizations & movements in Canada and Quebec, to resist the Ontario government's plans to allow the use of religious arbitration in family law.
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