The female inmates are in prison for various reasons, including theft, drugs and prostitution. Sometimes they have their new-born, or slightly older babies, with them, while some children do not have the financial means to visit their imprisoned mothers. When these women leave prison, they are marginalized and stigmatized by society and often by their family as well. They have difficulties finding a job and a place to live, and suffer of loneliness and a lack of self-confidence. More than half of them are back in prison shortly after they have been released, due to a lack of support. The project contributes to a healthier social-economic and equal society, based on the Human Rights, for marginalized people in Tunisia. More specifically, the project aims to increase the quality of life and dignity for women that are or have been in the prison of Sfax, El Kef and Jendouba and give them better opportunities to reintegrate into society.

Duration

2016-2018

Location

The target group of the project are the women in prison of Sfax, El Kef and Jendouba. Most of them are young, between 18-30 years and about 2/3 are mothers.

Activities

  • vocational training and workshops, for instance sewing and jewellery training
  • selling and marketing of products
  • psychological and social support, through group therapy and awareness sessions.
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