Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?
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.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The most important of which is the stigma imposed on this group of female ex-inmates. Its members believe that these women might be ex-convicts, but they are in fact victims and not criminals. It spares no effort to change society’s perception of this group by diligently attempting to raise society’s awareness and consciousness of this cause and delivering our vision. Other hardships faced are the rigid bureaucratic red tape found in Egyptian prisons.
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)
-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
-Empowering ex-inmates in a way that will push them toward self-development in different ways, for instance by starting their own small businesses,