Women for Women in Jail – Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Prison Reforms signed

24/04/2017

Today was a day to remember for A.G.S.E.P.’s project “Women for Women in Jail”: The Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, Hon. D.M. Swaminathan and Hannah Rieck-Guenthner, the current representative of the initiative, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties including various articles, but mainly laying the foundation for a close and prosperous collaboration in mutual understanding for the sake of Sri Lanka’s female remandees. The Memorandum adds authority to A.G.S.E.P. and gives a good standing towards exterior parties that will be involved into the project as well as assigns security to international sponsoring sources and the Ministry itself about the severity of the project.

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MoU Ministry of Prison Reforms komplett

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Happy Sinhalese and Tamil New Year!

11/04/2017

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Women for Women in Jail – Got published in Daily News

05/04/2017

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page 27, Daily News of 05/04/2017

‘One of the objects of a newspaper is to understand popular feeling and to give expression to it; another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments; and the third is fearlessly to expose defects.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

Big thanks goes to mysterious Mrs. Wettimuny from Features of Daily News!

Link: http://dailynews.lk/2017/04/05/features/112450/project-help-lankan-women-prisoners?page=4

Women for Women in Jail – Second briefing with the Hon. Minister

03/04/2017

A.G.S.E.P. on the mission for Sri Lanka’s Women again briefing the Hon. Minister of Prisons Reforms about the progress of the project and picking four reference cases for the start with a following formal Reference Request Letter. Hon. D.M. Swaminathan also agreed to base the future cooperation with A.G.S.E.P. upon a Memorandum of Understanding, which will be finalized within the next weeks.

Women for Women in Jail – First visit in Negombo’s Women remand prison

25/03/2017

Two weeks after receiving the approval of the Hon. Minister of Prisons Reform for this project, A.G.S.E.P. has officially took first actions by visiting Negombo’s Women Remand Prison (Negombo as a first starting point because it is the second biggest prison in Sri Lanka and close to Marawila) with the support of the Superintendent of Prisons. First conversations were conducted with the female inmates finding cases that would meet the requirements. Next step will be collecting the correspondent case files of the women examining the cases further and picking cases in collaboration with the Hon. Minister.

Women for Women in Jail – First Meeting with the Hon. Minister of Prison Reforms

13/03/2017

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Things get official with A.G.S.E.P.‘s new project „Women for Women in Jail”: The first Meeting with the Hon. Minister of Prison Reforms, Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, was conducted on the 13th of March 2017. After giving a short introduction as well as handing over a formal letter containing the relevant facts, the Hon. Minister ensured us his consent. He wisely saw the advantages of the project for both sides, also pointing at the fact that providing custody for an inmate monthly costs about 20.000-25.000 Rupees for a Sri Lanka Prison. First achievements and concessions were made: A.G.S.E.P. got authorized by him to visit Negombo’s Women Remand Prison and make first contacts with the female inmates, whoop!

Never give up. Never give in. Never surrender to the Banana Republic (Say nothing. Do nothing. Be nothing).

To give also you, dear readers of this blog, a more profound picture of this project, here a little example: A mother steals a milk package in a shop for her two-year-old baby and is arrested by the police. Since she cannot pay the fine, the sentence will be 14 days in remand. After the time in custody, this procedure repeatedly continues, as she still will not have monetary sources. Therefore, she will face an excessively high jail sentence compared to the committed crime offence.

One example of a case we can’t provide with any help, because it doesn’t meet our requirements, would be the following: A woman gets into a fight with her only brother over some land that they both inherited to equal shares. She then decides to kill the brother and plans the murder. Ultimately, the plan doesn’t work out and her brother is still alive. The woman gets caught by the police and the charge is attempted murder. This case definitely doesn’t fall under the responsibility of “Women for Women in Jail”. Same restrictions apply for e.g. for narcotic drug offenders as well as for accuses of prostitution.

Ayubowan Thore – New study on nutritious food for elderly people with A.G.S.E.P.

21/02/2017

A.G.S.E.P. (Asian German Sports Exchange Program) embarked to support a study on nutritious food for elderly people (especially with diseases such as diabetes or overweight) based on endemic fruits and vegetables, which are commonly known in Sri Lanka and widely available in the markets. To support sustainable and eco-friendly farming in Sri Lanka and to provide healthier food of better quality, mainly fruits and vegetables from organic suppliers will be chosen.

Thore Bade, a German University Student from Anhalt University of Applied Science, is completing since the end of February 2017 an internship with A.G.S.E.P. His subject of study is oecotrophology (nutrition science and home economics). Being a specialist for the upcoming program study under A.G.S.E.P., he’s entrusted with the task of developing nutrition schedules for retired persons coming to Sri Lanka to live in an elderly home.

As a scheme to promote sports tourism in Sri Lanka, Thore will also focus on giving food recommendation for sports people and for those who are concerned of a healthy life style in general as well. Nutritious food is vital for active sportspeople, not only for top athletes but also for common people who are engaging in doing leisure sports for improving their physical fitness or improving their health in general. He’ll examine numerous fruits and vegetables and their effects in respect of metabolism and enhanced physical performances.

The results of his research with A.G.S.E.P. will be popularized for the public since the recommendations for seniors as well as for sportspeople can be adjusted to the individual needs of every human being in order to facilitate a healthy life and wellbeing for everyone. Moreover, some easy adaptable rules, which are implemented by scientific bodies in Germany since a long time, will be introduced in Sri Lanka.

Thore’s research stint with AGSEP ends in June 2017 and is available for the Sri Lankan Sports Bodies upon request from agsep2013@gmail.com.

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Women for Women in Jail

A.G.S.E.P. initiated a new project focussing on women being in jail or in remand prison for having committed petty crimes. Lacking financial means or receiving only insufficient or even non-existent legal counsel, these women are facing an excessively high jail sentence consequently. Some cases have no other possibility than taking their under-aged children with them leading to the fact that these children don’t attend any public school during the time of imprisonment, which itself presents gross injustice to the minors.
A.G.S.E.P. will therefore focus on providing legal assistance and raising private funds for the bail out of these women in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Commissioner General of Prisons and other relevant Authorities as well as a network of human rights lawyers as a first step. More information on request possible. We’ll keep you informed on this website about the progress.
Stay tuned. Stay real. Stay strong. Stay AGSEP.

Me WFW in jail

I am Hannah and I am currently staying in Sri Lanka completing an internship for three months with AGSEP. I will be the person in charge for advancing the project mentioned above. Being a postgraduate of a bachelor’s degree program in economics in Germany, this new subject represents a completely new operational field for me as well as for everyone else of AGSEP or Sri Lanka in general. Therefore there’s a big potential to grow and finally bear fruits, especially in reference to the unaddressed needs of women in jail caused by an insufficient legal system which supports petty crimes to be penalized inadequately strong. As a specific measure of women empowerment and support for children in Sri Lanka, I will be first concentrating on detecting such cases cooperating with different Government Authorities and then develop strategies and concepts based on the individual circumstances in order to get women released from prison. AGSEP is not a NGO but an AGO –which stands for Associated Government Organisation.