Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) have organized celebrations of international Women ‘s day in Ngoma prison which hosts female inmates.
The celebrations featured dances and songs all praising RCS for valuing them as other female Rwandans.
Female inmates told officials they were happy that they are acquiring hands on skills that would help them create own jobs after completing their respective sentences.
Florida Nyirabarima one of female inmates said that when she came in prison, she only knew to cultivate but now she has acquired more additional practical skills she will use once released.
“I was a farmer before I got jailed, I knew nothing else. When I arrived here in prison, I started waving baskets and I make trousers and bed sheets, scarves and gloves among others, I also train my colleagues as I was also trained, “she said
”Once I complete my sentence, I will plan a project and start tailoring trade, I will train more people and we shall expand our business and build the country we wish,” she added
RCS Deputy Commissioner General Jeanne Chantal Ujeneza told female inmates that the country needs combined efforts to achieve its 2050 vision adding that the fact that they are in prison due to crimes they committed should not prevent them from serving the nation.
” You need to acquire skills and think about what will happen once you are released and how you will compete with others, “she said
She told them that they were lucky to have partners such as DIDE that will soon bring its activities to support female inmates in Ngoma prison.