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Elizabeth Fry war Engländerin, Quäkerin und Mutter von zwölf
Kindern. Sie wurde in Norwich 1780 geboren. Nach ihrer Heirat lebte sie
in London. Eines Tages bemerkte sie, wie eine Frau mit einem Baby im
bettelte. Elizabeth war bewegt und gab ihr etwas Geld und ihre
Am nächsten Tag sah sie dieselbe Frau wieder. Dieses Mal neigte sie
sich nieder, um das Baby zu sehen, und ein intensiver Blick sagte ihr,
dass dies nicht das Kind dieser Frau sein könne. Die Frau bemerkte
das und schrie Elizabeth an. Sie zog sich zurück und wartete, bis
die Dunkelheit hereingebrochen war, um der Frau nach Hause zu folgen.
in einem armseligen Raum, fand sie ein Dutzend Babys, alle angebunden
Stühle oder Kinderbettchen, hungernd, frierend oder sterbend. Niemand
kümmerte sich um die Kinder. Die Bettelfrau floh, und Elizabeth rief
sofort zwei ihrer Freunde zu sich. Als sie kamen, sagte Elizabeth zu
"Die einzige Frage, die wir angesichts dieser Situation zu stellen
ist: Was muss angesichts dieses Leids getan werden?"
Fry, Elizabeth (1780-1845) - Quaker prison reformer, born in Norwich, Norfolk. In 1810 she became a preacher in the Society of Friends. After seeing the terrible conditions for women in Newgate prison, she devoted her life to prison reform at home and abroad. She also founded hostels for the homeless, and charitable societies.
Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845), prison reformer, was born at
(which now houses the School of Law), the third daughter of the Quaker
banker John Gurney. In 1880 she married Joseph Fry and moved to London
where she was deeply troubled by what she saw of the appalling
of female prisoners at Newgate. Throughout the remainder of her life
laboured to make improvements there and at other prisons in Britain and
Elizabeth Fry Societies
Elizabeth Fry (Gurney) was born into a family of Quakers in 1780 in England. Her mother's father, the Scottish theologian Robert Barclay, played an important role in defining early Quaker beliefs. It was fortunate for all concerned that Quakers believed in the equality of women (250 years before they won the vote), otherwise Elizabeth Fry's unusual talents in the area of prison reform might never have been realized. Her insight, persistence, organizational ability and her willingness to see a "divine light" in every person resulted in striking reforms taking place in the manner in which women and children were treated in London's Newgate Prison. She was a strong proponent of humane treatment for prisoners and regarded by many as a leading expert in prison reform. Most of her life was spent in England, although she did visit Ireland and continental Europe. She also offered advice to the Americas, Russia and Australia. She died in 1845 at the age of 66 years.
The first Elizabeth Fry Society was established in Vancouver in 1939. The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) was originally conceived of in 1969 and was incorporated as a voluntary non-profit organization in 1978. Today there are 21 member societies across Canada.
CAEFS is a federation of autonomous societies which works with, and on behalf of, women involved with the justice system, particularly women in conflict with the law. Elizabeth Fry Societies are community based agencies dedicated to offering services and programs to marginalized women, advocating for legislative and administrative reform and offering fora within which the public may be informed about, and participate in, aspects of the justice system which affect women.
Voluntarism is an essential part of Elizabeth Fry work. Both volunteer and paid staff are involved in governance as well as program and service delivery throughout the association. The CAEFS Board of Directors is composed of one representative from each local society, as well as a President and a past President. The priority agenda, as well as policies and positions, are established by the Association's membership at each Annual General Meeting.
last update: 25.08.2015