Sierra Leone: Prison to host first Beauty pageant

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Women serving jail time at the Correctional Centre in Freetown will for the first time take part in a beauty pageant and talent exhibition show. The program aims to rehabilitate female inmates behind bars and further reduce crime rates in the country.

The pageant is organized by the Gender and Equal Opportunity Unit of the Female Correctional Service in partnership with SaloneJamboree. The event is dubbed: ‘Miss Correctional 2019’ with the theme: ‘Reform and Rehabilitate Inmates for a better society.’

Head of Gender and Equal Opportunity Unit of the Female Correctional Service, Superintendent Aminata Turay said female inmates are most times faced with psychological challenges such as depression, anxiety, dissatisfaction with life. She said to address some of these issues her unit in partnership with SaloneJamboree will be organizing the first-ever beauty pageant show. She said similar events have been organized in Kenya and Brazil. Superintendent Aminata said: “This program complies with international best practice to enhance the physical, ethical, health and psychological protection of the inmates.”

Murtala Mohamed Kamara, Founder, and CEO of SaloneJamboree thanked the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Correctional service for this partnership. Kamara said he is happy for the opportunity to be part of the reform of female inmates and thereby contribute to nation-building. He assured all that they will do all in their powers to stage a successful event.

The Miss Correctional 2019 platform aims to rehabilitate female inmates behind bars to reduce the number of inmates who re-offend after they are released. The program also aims to build the capacity of female inmates to become self-reliant after they are released. The program will also showcase products that are locally produced by female inmates. The program will help female inmates to develop in themselves growth in confidence, outgoing personality, and a positive self-image.

The activity is been scheduled to take place on the 15th November 2019 at the Female Correctional Centre at New England, back of Special Court. There will be an audition for female inmates. The contestants will undergo training such as catwalk, group dances and motivational talks, etc. The event will be staged indoor and selected members from the public, civil society groups, members of the diplomatic and consular cour and Non Governmental organizations will attend.

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