May 7 to 13, 2012

National Elizabeth Fry Week is always the week preceding Mother’s Day. Many women who are victimized, criminalized and imprisoned are mothers . Most of them are the sole supporters of their families. When mothers are sentenced to prison, their children are sentenced to separation. When women are experiencing violence their children are also harmed. We try to draw attention to this reality by ending Elizabeth Fry Week on Mother’s Day each year.

By focusing on “Meeting Women’s Needs in the Community and Alternatives to   Institutionalization”, Elizabeth Fry Societies accross Canada encourage Canadians to examine some productive and responsible means of improving conditions in communities and in the legal system for women and children.

Our 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.

We challenge our community to reach behind the walls and support all women in our communities. 

Please feel free to access and distribute this year’s Fact Sheets produced by the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies at