National Elizabeth Fry Week May4th to May 12th, 2015
The City of Greater Sudbury proclaims May 4th-12th, 2015 as Elizabeth Fry Week!
We invite you to join us as we celebrate National Elizabeth Fry Week and 43 years of service in the Sudbury Community!
Calendar of events soon to be posted.
MONDAY KICK OFF:
Proclamation Reading: ‘Elizabeth Fry Week’ in Sudbury at the Civic Square with a fundraising BBQ on location. Awareness and informational table will be set up.
43rd Annual General Meeting
Contact us for details.
Women’s Wellness Event at 204 Elm Street, Sudbury, ON
Video Matinee at 204 Elm Street, Sudbury – Title to be announced
Women’s Wellness Event at Sudbury Jail
Call us for more information. 705-673-1364
Full proceeds from events support our programs and services. Thank you for your support!
History of Elizabeth Fry Week
Each year, the The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) celebrates National Elizabeth Fry Week during the week leading up Mother’s Day. The goal is to enhance public awareness and education around victimized and criminalized women in Canada.
The majority of women who are criminalized and imprisoned are mothers. Most of them were the sole supporters of their families at the time they were incarcerated. When mothers are sentenced to prison, their children are sentenced to separation. Attention is drawn to this reality by ending Elizabeth Fry Week on Mother’s Day each year.
Elizabeth Fry Societies across the country organize public events in their communities throughout the week. Check their events page for a list of events taking place at local Elizabeth Fry Societies or check out the individual websites for local societies to see their events.
By hosting these events and focusing on meeting women’s needs in the community, member societies engage Canadians to break down the negative stereotypes that exist about women who are imprisoned and institutionalized and to encourage productive and responsible community responses to criminal justice matters from coast to coast.
The hope is that, particularly in this time of fiscal restraint, this sort of proactive focus will encourage the development of and support for community-based alternatives to costly incarceration that benefit us all. CAEFS challenges Canadians to reach behind the walls and bring women into our communities, so that they may take responsibility and account for their actions in ways that make sense to them and to us.