Women are often imprisoned for economic, non-violent offences often linked to their financial situation or experience of violence. Poverty, persisting discriminatory laws, lack of enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights and related obstacles in accessing justice, increase the likelihood of women being detained.
For instance, women offenders often do not have the financial resources to pay for legal representation or alternatives to custodial sentences such as fines or to obtain bail. ELWOFOD provides farm inputs and training to women ex-prisoners so that they can grow fresh farm vegetables using organic landfill sacks for household consumption and surplus sale to supplement family income. This technology requires little space, water and produce fresh organic nutritious vegetables in 20 days.