By ONIKOSI ANUOLUWATOYOSI, THE TIMES OF INDIA
The Social, Humanitarian and Cultural committee is currently working on plans to alleviate the plights of women in prisons and reintegrate them into society. Their plans of action are currently being drafted in their current working papers and member states have presented different ideas and policies on what reintegration in their states can take the form of.
The delegate from Jordan formally introduced the topic of facilitating reintegration of women into society and the states eagerly adopted the topic with many deliberations and debates as to the mode in which ir should be adopted. Other issues such as the solutions to prevent recidivism by the state of Qatar and legal aids for women prisoners by FYR Macedonia did not spark much interests in the delegates.
On the issues of reintegration into society, the delegation from Turkey stated that a country can show dignity by the way it treats the vulnerable members of its population and in this case the women prisoners. “We believe in the second chance for women as mothers and their essential roles in the society,” the Turkish delegation added.
The approach of the delegation of Turkey includes reintegration by empowering women to live normal lives and perform their roles as mothers in the society even after they have been released from prisons. Many states however did not consider this approach practical enough.
Switzerland, on the other hand, suggests not just rehabilitation as an ideal but the practical approach to rehabilitation and reintegration. Women should be provided with jobs, education, and housing to enable them feel fully integrated into the society.
Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, draws attention to the PRAIDS + Program targeted at STD Prevention, access to medical aid, and regular checkups for women in prisons as its position and strategy for reintegration.
Jordan is promoting the program called A.I.M which stands for Administration, Integration, and Mentorship on human rights perspectives which would involve women prisoners.
Finland and Germany are working together to kick against retribution and incorporate rehabilitation.
“Women who are imprisoned should be given jobs and should be working rather than being tortured or locked away in prison cells,” the delegate from Finland so eloquently stated.
India proposes an independent hotline for women to relate complaints to the government as well as a UN Training program in accordance with the already implemented conventions.
The plight of female prisoners, despite all these proposals, still remains a pressing issues for the world today and it is high time a comprehensive and binding framework on the rights of women in prisons. They should be provided with basic amenities and adequate living conditions even in the prison cells.