Women & Children
Civil Society and the Justice System (2000) Joining Hands to Stop Domestic Violence Guaranteeing Human Rights by Building Effective Justice Systems in Ethiopia (2009-2013)
In 2001, the Society assisted OXFAM Canada with a bilateral project in Ethiopia. This involved developing a community justice plan for one of the intermediate size cities in Ethiopia. The goal was to create a framework for building community justice plans to improve collaboration between NGO's and the justice system and help them better identify and meet community justice needs. The project created a framework for a 5 years community justice planning model.
In 2006, the Society partnered with the Ethiopian Women’s Lawyers Association and Victim Services BC to implement the “Joining hands to Stop Domestic Violence in Ethiopia” project. The project trained prosecutors, judges and other justice system officials in best international practices for dealing with domestic violence.
As a follow-up to this successful program, in 2007 the Society produced a documentary film "It’s time: African Woman Join Hands Against Violence", on “Joining Hands” projects featuring its previous work in both South Africa and Ethiopia. As part of this project, JES organized a Canadian national tour in May of 2008 with representatives from both South Africa and Ethiopia to showcase the documentary. The Film "It’s time: African Woman Join Hands Against Violence", was nominated for the best documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in 2007.
Between 2009-2013, JES implemented the Guaranteeing Human Rights by Building Effective Justice Systems in Ethiopia. This was part of a larger JES project that linked its work in Africa with work in the northern triangle region of Central America. The project focused on training police, prosecutors and judges in the investigating and trying cases of violence against women and identified numerous traditional cultural practices that were discriminatory to women and children.