For projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals
“End of poverty in all its forms everywhere” The 1st goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.
The winning Project:
New Life (Selected winner from 36 projects).
Mrs. Nawal Mostafa Founder of the Children of Female Prisoners’ Care Association (CFPA). http://www.sagenat.com
ASHOKA Arab World Office
New Life is a project initiated by Mrs. Nawal Mostafa, a distinguished and well-known journalist of Egypt. The implementing organization is the Children of Female Prisoners’ Care Association (CFPA) which was founded by Mrs. Nawal in 1990 in Egypt.
Under the project, the Children of Female Prisoners Association, the only NGO working with female prisoners and their children in Egypt, supports the female prisoner by organizing training on various crafts, then helps in getting them employed in factories and other kinds enterprises, or help them start small businesses or income-generating projects. Training is done inside the prison before the prisoners are released, and outside, after prisoners are released. The project also builds the capacity of prison staff to improve the social and psychological conditions of the prisoners. The ambition of the project promoter is to create a business incubator for female prisoners. The project also encourages the replacement of “the legal punishment for the female prisoners with civil services to ensure the stability of the Egyptian families and continuous income for them.”. During the project design and implementation, it has involved experts on human rights, members of the organization and even former prisoners. The project seems to be full of challenges. However, it could ensure human rights of prisoners, decrease poverty and promote gender equality.
The project did fall under the SDGs and the AGFUND mission and objectives and the theme of the Prize. The project is innovative in the sense that it has tried to improve the economic condition of the women prisoner, the former prisoners and their families who have been looked down upon and ostracized by society and hitherto neglected even by the human right activists. This is a very humane step towards giving them a chance to reform themselves and eke out a decent living.