CAPIO Sensitizes participants of 225 Recruits Basic Course 2020 in Enugu Training School of the Nigeria Correctional Service
Fundamental human right is the basic rights and freedoms bestowed on every individual regardless of their gender, origin, religious inclination, cultural background etc. These rights are inalienable and should always be protected by the government and duty bearers irrespective of the prevailing circumstances. In ensuring that the rights of inmates particularly, the female inmates are adequately protected, CAPIO through funding support from Voice developed a training manual titled: Gender Sensitive Approach to Treatment of Women Inmates in Nigeria. CAPIO since 2018 has periodically used the manual in training Correctional Officers to increase their capacity towards the treatment of female inmates in Nigeria.
Sequel to the preparation of the passing out parade (POP) of 225 Recruits Basic Course 2020 which held on the 21st August 2020, the Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service Training School, Enugu State invited CAPIO to sensitize grandaunts on the contents of the manual which is geared towards safeguarding the rights of female inmates. The sensitization happened on the 18th August 2020, with over 150 Correctional Officers successfully sensitized, with participants drawn from the eight (8) Zonal Commands of the Nigeria Correctional Service.
CAPIO team gave an overview of the Gender Sensitive Manual, with emphases on Rehabilitation Activities; the Basic Concepts of Human Rights, the State of Women’s Human Rights and Nigeria Correctional Service System Reform; Allocation, Admission and Classification; Hygiene, Health Care and Special Health Issues, etc. The team used the avenue to inform participants about the Centre of Hope which will provide rehabilitation services to returned citizens (Ex-inmates), which will assist their social reintegration.
Participants were advised to respect female inmates’ rights in accordance with the Nigeria Correctional Service Act, the Gender Sensitive manual, and other relevant local and international legal instruments that provide for the rights of female inmates, in line with international good practices.