Raise your voice, your pen, your fingertips to a keyboard! The issues surrounding women in prison, incarceration, and segregation are in the news on a daily basis. Your elected officials need to hear your opinion on what kind of a society we want to be. Increased funding for social services, a minimum livable wage, subsidized post secondary education and restorative justice in the community are all programs that can be, and should be, enacted. Please check below for more information and ways you can TAKE ACTION
- The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies is a good place to start to connect with what is happening in the world of female prisoner's rights in Canada. Follow CAEFS
- Sisters Inside - an Australian organization dedicated to the rights of women inside that country's prisons.
- FAFIA-AFAI on facebook - Feminist Alliance for International Action
- Senator Kim Pate leads the fight against the incarceration and segregation of women. Follow Kim here
- Read Women Canada's Fastest Growing Prison Population, and Why Should you Care, by Senator Kim Pate
- TED talk from Deanna Van Buren about a world without prisons
- Creating Choices a Corrections Canada document in 1997 that was the impetus for the closing of Prison for Women (P4W).
- Native Women's Association of Canada's backgrounder on Indigenous Women in Solitary Confinement
- Are Prisons Obsolete, a book by Angela Davis, exploring the US prison abolition movement. She argues forthrightly for "decarceration", and for the transformation of the society as a whole.
- Read Senator Kim Pate's first speech as a Senator, on the over-representation of Indigenous women in Canada's prisons.
- Read the Nation story about women being imprisoned now, more than ever before.
- Prison Arts Coalition has a resource page for U.S. based prison art projects
- Email, write or call your MLA or Member of Parliament and demand them to STOP cutting social services funding so that our communities can offer the addiction and mental health support to women in their communities.
- The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights is investigating Prisoners Rights in this country in 2018, find out more and attend their meetings.
- In every province, Elizabeth Fry Associations are operating to help women inside our prisons - they always need volunteers, donations and support. Regional CAEFS are here:
Atlantic Provinces | Ontario | Pacific Provinces/British Columbia | Prairie Provinces | Quebec