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Afghan women prison changed to a vocational center in Herat province

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Afghan women prison changed to a vocational center in Herat province

Generally a place for people who have been convicted of various crimes is named a prison; however, the prison for convicted Afghan women in Herat is changed into a vocational and sports training center that would help them make a career of interest for themselves.

Many people picture prison as a place of torture and violence, but Herat’s prison contradicts that imagery. What set apart this prison from residential houses are the four walls surrounding the building with policemen patrolling.

General Directorate of Herat’s prison General Shah Mir Amirpor’ is satisfied with all the facilities provided to Herat’s prison. His only complaint is the lack of doctors.

The women in the prison struggle to make the most of these facilities in order to be able to make an income out of these in the future.

The prison consists of a big salon where women are taught Quran Sharif recitation, Computer, and English language.

In addition to the above, courses on tailoring , embroidery, carpet weaving, knitting and hairdressing are also offered. Volleyball and basketball courts also keep many women in the prison busy. These facilities are also made available for the children of these women.

A room full of toys is designated to the children of the women in prison. The children are taught social mores and nursery rhymes.

Colonel Sima Pazhman, Head officer of Herat prison, said the prison has special features, with more than 130 convicted women held in this prison.

Colonel Pazhman added that 85 children also receive education in this prison.

Attorney General Feeroz Ahmad Feeroz said women in this prison are granted with the opportunity to learn various skills and build a career after serving in the prison.

Funded by the PRT of Italy, this prison was built three years ago.



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  1. Soraya Ahmadyar
    Soraya Ahmadyar 28 September, 2012, 05:54

    This is an interesting twist to prison life and it’s wonderful that they are preparing the women for when they are released into regular society but I do not understand what the incentive would be to minimize crime if women appear to have better opportunities in prison. It’s similar to the cases here in America where crimes among homeless people are increasing because the homeless know that in prison they will be given a relatively better sleeping area with clean running water and be fed three meals a day versus their current situation of being a beggar on the streets. I’d be curious to know what the long term effects this will have for women both on the inside and outside of the prison.

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  2. Drew Schumann
    Drew Schumann 31 October, 2012, 13:17

    I remember visiting Herat’s women prison in 2010. I was really impressed by it’s condition and how it was run. It is sad that women can be imprisoned in Afghanistan for the “crime” of being raped, or of attempting to escape an abusive marriage, but the Herat prison is a step in the right direction.

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