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Guide to help identify outstanding needs in women’s prisons
Conditions in women prisons’ and services offered to women prisoners have considerably improved in the past 10 years, but there is still “a lot of work to do,” according to a newly released “Guide for Working in Women’s Prisons in Lebanon.”
The guide aims to help those wishing to implement projects in women’s prisons by providing general information on rights of prisoners and status of women prisoners in the country, as well as a 1999-2010 comparative study on women’s situation in prison.
Anita Nassar, the assistant director of the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University, is the author of the guide, and of the 1999 study.
She said she noted “big, big progress,” in the country’s four women’s prisons over the past decade, describing Barbar Khazen prison in Beirut and Baabda, Tripoli and Zahle women’s prisons as “much better” than men’s prisons.
Giving the example of the Tripoli facility, she said it, in partnerships with NGOs, had installed hot water, arranged a room for training and implemented psychological and legal programs. ...