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May 11, 2006

Announcing National Elizabeth Fry Week /
Annoncé la semain e nationale elizabeth fry

May 8, 2006


National Elizabeth Fry Week: May 8 - 14, 2006

Theme: Women in Community


Purpose of National Elizabeth Fry Week

The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEF celebrates National Elizabeth Fry Week annually. Elizabeth Fry societies across the country organize public events in their communities throughout the week.

Our goal is to enhance public awareness and education regarding the circumstances of women involved in the criminal justice system, especially those who are criminalized. We hope to challenge and gradually break down the negative stereotypes that exist about women who are victimized and criminalized.

National Elizabeth Fry Week is always the week preceding Mother's Day. The majority of women in prison are mothers. Most of them were the sole supporters of their families at the time they were incarcerated. When mothers are sentenced to prison, they and their children are also sentenced to separation. Many women find this the most severe punishment. We try to draw attention to this reality by ending Elizabeth Fry Week on Mother's Day each year.

By focusing on the needs of women in the community and alternatives to prison, our 25 member societies hope to encourage the Canadian public to examine some productive and responsible means of encouraging community responses to addressing criminal justice matters from coast to coast. Our hope is that, particularly in times of fiscal restraint, this sort of proactive focus will encourage the development of, and support for, community based options, rather than costly incarceration.

Fact sheets, references and a list of* pertinent videos are available for those seeking additional information. Please visit our web-site at or contact us directly at the CAEFS' office.

Happy Elizabeth Fry Week!



Mai 8 à Mai 14

Défier les stéréotypes et encourager l'action proactive L'Association canadienne des sociétés Elizabeth Fry célèbre chaque année la semaine nationale Elizabeth Fry. Les sociétés Elizabeth Fry, à l'échelle du pays, tiennent tout au long de la semaine des rencontres publiques au sein de leur communauté.

Notre objectif consiste à sensibiliser davantage le public sur la situation des femmes aux prises avec la justice. Nous espérons dénoncer et faire progressivement disparaître les stéréotypes négatifs à leur endroit.

La semaine nationale Elizabeth Fry se déroule toujours la semaine précédant la Fête des mères. La majorité des femmes ayant des démêlés avec la justice sont mères, et elles sont souvent seules pour subvenir aux besoins de leur famille. Mères condamnées à la prison, enfants condamnés à la séaration. C'est pour attirer l'attention sur cette réalité que nous terminons la semaine Elizabeth Fry le jour de la Fête des mères.

En mettant cette année l'accent sur les " Solutions de rechange à l'incarcération ", nos 25 sociétés membres espèrent encourager le public canadien à envisager des façons productives et responsables de traiter des questions de justice criminelle d'un bout à l'autre du pays.

Nous espérons que, particulièrement en cette éoque de contraintes budgétaires, cette proactivité favorisera le développement de solutions de rechange communautaires à une coûteuse incarcération, en particulier lorsqu'il s'agit de contrevenants non violents.

Nous cherchons à ce que le public comprenne mieux la myriade de problèmes auxquels font face les femmes incarcérées, et à détruire progressivement les préjugés dans ce domaine. En outre, l'ACSEF sensibilise les médias sur toute une série de questions pertinentes sur une base continue.

L'ACSEF incite les Canadiens à élargir leur point de vue et à réintégrer les femmes au sein de leurs communautés afin qu'elles puissent s'éanouir pleinement.


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