Supported by the Prisoner Rehabilitation component of UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, the project 'Building Freedom' has been implemented in two prisons in La Paz. It aims at teaching women prisoners various skills they can apply in the construction industry, including building, metal work, plumbing, pipefitting, electricity and carpentry.
Last month, in celebration of Mother's Day, with the support of UNODC, some of these women participated in the Socio-Community Productive Fair, organized by the General Directorate of the Penitentiary System of Bolivia, taking place in these two women's prison facilities.
It has been a busy and eventful week for UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration. While the work of its different components was discussed and presented in-depth on various panels held on the occasion of the 28th United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the impact of the Global Programme as a whole was the subject of a main side event giving a glance into its achievements to a packed room.
An important factor in the promotion of a culture of lawfulness, Prisoner Rehabilitation is one of the four components of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, working around the world on an array of projects which prepare prisoners for life after incarceration.
In the State of Palestine, the Global Programme has launched an advanced Technical, Vocation and Educational Training (TVET) programme, which will teach and certify male prisoners on electrical installations in Jericho.
To highlight and discuss this important work and the possibility of replicating such initiatives across the state, the Global Programme has held a special side event during the 28 th Commission for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, taking place this week in Vienna.
Prisoner rehabilitation efforts in Zambia were given a strong boost this week with the opening of two new facilities aimed at curbing recidivism in the country and promoting social reintegration. Initiated under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime's (UNODC) Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, and supported by the State of Qatar, the two centres offer a unique, inclusive approach to reducing reoffending through in-prison skills training and post-release support.
Last week, the head of UNODC's Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, Marco Teixeira, was interviewed by MTV (one of the most prominent regional channels in Lebanon and the Arab world), on its renowned MTV Alive show. He spoke about the Global Programme's mission to promote a culture of lawfulness, through the various activities and resources of its four components. Below are some excerpts from the interview (edited for clarity).