PAR-L (Policy, Action, Research List) is a bilingual, electronic network of
individuals and organizations interested in women-centred policy issues in
Canada. It is a support for the community of feminist researchers and activists
in Canada and Québec.
PAR-L was founded as an email list on March 8, 1995, by the former Canadian
Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW); it now operates from the University
of New Brunswick in Fredericton. In 1996, it expanded to include a Web site. Since 1997,
it has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,
Strategic Research Networks, Women and Change Program; these funds provide support for
the PAR-L Strategic Research Network, which is a partnership of feminist research centres,
professional associations, and grassroots women's organizations, and for two online
publications, Niouzes and Feminist Stratégies féministes.
PAR-L's mission is to promote women's equality by using new electronic means
for networking and for discussing and distributing feminist research and strategies
for action in English and French.
PAR-L's specific objectives are to:
- foster a greater online presence for feminist groups by creating a network of Partners;
- provide a space for discussing policy and action issues of concern to women in Canada;
- provide a convenient electronic gateway to feminist online resources for policy, action, and research;
- circulate the results of our Partner's research and activities widely among academics, policy analysts, community groups, and interested individuals;
- enhance the visibility and accessibility of feminist action and research online.