Women & Children
Numerous projects spanning 25+ years, including: Justice System Education Program, Victims Info, WeCan BC
The Justice Education Society has been providing public legal education and information in British Columbia Canada since 1989. Our domestic programming focuses on improving the legal capability of Canadians. The Society is a recognized leader in applying digital technologies to improve access to justice. To learn more, see JES BC.
Justice System Education Program (JSEP): The motto of JES is: Justice Through Knowledge. We believe that having an understanding of the justice system enables people to be positive members of the community. JSEP is a program that introduces school groups and community groups to BC’s court system. JES provides the opportunity to learn about the law, go court watching and meet with justice personnel at 14 courts throughout the province.
This first-hand, experiential learning provides a powerful impact on youth and community members. Participants learn about the rule of law and legal independence, while having the chance to meet with and ask questions of judges, lawyers, sheriffs and other court personnel.
Impact: Over the last 25 years, JES has introduced more than 1 million people to BC courts.
Victims Info: Working with the Crime and Victims Services division of the BC Ministry of Justice, JES developed an online resource to support victims and witnesses of crime. The VictimsInfo.ca website provides a range of information and videos to help victims and witnesses understand their rights and prepare to provide information to police and in court. In addition, throughout the site individuals are connected with the Ministry’s victim services support line: VictimLinkBC.
Impact: VictimsInfo.ca is BC’s only public website dedicated to providing help, information and support to victims and witnesses of crime. Each year the site serves over 40,000 users.
WeCan BC: The Society was involved in helping to organizing the Canadian affiliate to the OXFAM International We Can End All Violence Against Women campaign. This innovative campaign began in Asia, then moved to Africa, Canada and the Netherlands. The campaign focused on educating women, men, girls and boys about violence against women. This was done through the recruitment of thousands of “We Can CHANGE MAKERS”.
In B.C., the campaign involved the recruitment and coordination of a broad coalition of organizations. It also included the development of community and school education resources. The Society developed the BC website: WeCanBC.ca and the global site: WeCanGlobal.org. The Society continues to be a member and the Coalition has evolved over time to run on its own.
Impact: In BC, hundreds of CHANGE MAKERS have registered and committed to help end violence against women.