Female Prisoners

Female Prisoners

and their children

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Last Update: January 31, 2014

This project aims to save female prisoners who are victims of poverty from the danger of returning to the crime world again, by improving their economic conditions and integrating them in society, so we can remove the social stigma attached to them and to their children.

Founded: 1990 Type: citizen sector

The Problem

Prisoners of Poverty: Most of these women jailed for failure to repay small debts or premiums. Sometimes they are just guarantors for relatives . After their release from jail, this group of women lives a great tragedy as they collide with the society unjust look to the as ex-prisoners. Also her children suffer homelessness during her imprisonment, and could be an easy tool in the hands of criminal gangs because of their lack of social care.

The Solution

1- Helping releasing those poor female prisoners by repaying their debt through donations. 2- Creating an elaborated institutional framework for providing vocational training and rehabilitation opportunities for female inmates and ex-inmates as well as their families. 3- Providing female inmates and ex-inmates as well as their families with the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s labor market through vocational training. 4- Inducing social mobilization for the cause of poor female inmates through traditional and emerging media sources as well as public conferences. 5- Providing institutional frameworks to help offering psychological and social support for women prisoners and their children.

Example

This project aims to save female prisoners who are victims of poverty and difficult economic and social conditions from the danger of returning to the crime world again, by improving their economic conditions and integrating them in society as good citizens gaining their bread from reputable work, so we can remove the social stigma attached to them and to their children. This project is based on a profound experience with prisons world. The Children of Female Prisoners In particular is the only NGO which is working with female prisoners and their children in Egypt prisons, although the arsenal of regulations and void security restrictions facing us during our humanitarian work, which we believe in and insist to stand for.

Impact

CFPA released scores of poor female since 1990. It is working now on: - Improving the economic situation for 220 female inmates in the Qanater female prison, the largest in Egypt, - Reintegrate 160 of their children in the community. - Training 60 prisoners. - Media campaigns.

Full Impact Potential

-Economically empowering female ex-inmates through providing them with job opportunities, thus, helping them cease dependence on unsustainable financial assistance -Protecting female ex-inmates from falling by the wayside after release and returning to crime and sin -Providing inmates with positive identity formation, thus helping them move past the shame, guilt and stigma into a newly-found world of psychological and economic empowerment -Creating a better environment for the children of ex-inmates instead of leaving them in the corrupt surroundings that put their mothers in prison

Budget: $50,000 - $100,000

Financial Sources

Sustainability Plan

1- Revenues from selling the goods of in-prison workshops. A fixed percentage of sales is re-invested in providing vocational training to other ex-inmates in the incubator. The rest of the revenues are being deposited in a separate bank account in order to be re-invested. 2- Donations and grants.

Marketplace

CFPA is the first Egyptian NGO to deal with the cause of female prisoners. Some other organization followed its model, but they only deal with problem from one angel. they only help releasing some poor women through donations. We are not only helping releasing them but also we have a comprehensive post-release projects to improve their life conditions and taking care of their children financially and socially. Also we help empowering female inmates and ex-prisoners to engage in income-generating activities,

Founding Story

Nawal Mustafa, a well-known writer and journalist, has adopted the cause of “prisoners due to poverty-related offenses”. She has taken it upon herself to stand up for the poor women against oppression. The first poverty prisoner was "Umaymah" who Nawal Mustafa displayed her case through a popular TV program presented by the well-known Egyptian TV presenter Rola Kharsa. The audience's sympathized strongly with the case, and many offered donations to help the release of many of the poverty prisoners.

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This project aims to save female prisoners who are victims of poverty from the danger of returning to the crime world again, by improving their economic conditions and integrating them in society, so we can remove the social stigma attached to them and to their children.

Problem: What problem is this solution trying to solve? Describe the specific context within which this solution operates.

Prisoners of Poverty: Most of these women jailed for failure to repay small debts or premiums. Sometimes they are just guarantors for relatives . After their release from jail, this group of women lives a great tragedy as they collide with the society unjust look to the as ex-prisoners. Also her children suffer homelessness during her imprisonment, and could be an easy tool in the hands of criminal gangs because of their lack of social care.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Be specific!

1- Helping releasing those poor female prisoners by repaying their debt through donations.
2- Creating an elaborated institutional framework for providing vocational training and rehabilitation opportunities for female inmates and ex-inmates as well as their families.
3- Providing female inmates and ex-inmates as well as their families with the competitive edge they need to succeed in today’s labor market through vocational training.
4- Inducing social mobilization for the cause of poor female inmates through traditional and emerging media sources as well as public conferences.
5- Providing institutional frameworks to help offering psychological and social support for women prisoners and their children.

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