To empower, provide support, advocacy and guidance to women who are involved in the criminal justice system.
About Our Charity
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba (EFSM) Inc. was established as an independent non-profit organization in 1983 to address the unique needs of women in the provincial and federal justice system.
We provide advocacy, access to resources and support to women who are in conflict with the law. Some of the issues our clients struggle to overcome are addiction, poverty, mental health issues, marginalization, racism, long-term effects of residential schools and other forms of discrimination.
Some of the programs and resources we offer include:
- Bail Verification & Supervision Program (supervision and support for women charged with offences)
- Women for Change Program (anger management)
- STOPlifting Program (addresses and explores why women shoplift or commit fraud)
- Transitional Housing (bridging the gap between homelessness and independent living)
- Clothing Depot (providing clothing packages to women who are incarcerated or have recently been released)
What People Are Saying
"When thee builds a prison thee had better build with the thought ever in mind that thee and thy children may occupy the cells."
— Elizabeth Fry, Read More
"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones."
— Nelson Mandela, Read More
"For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?"
— Bell Hooks, Read More