part of the Prison Reform Project of Southern Sudan which is

generously supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Canada, and the Government of the United States of America, and executed by the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United Nations Mission to Sudan, and the Southern Sudan Prisons Service.

See also the UNODC site:

ICCLR site:


The Problem: Poor prison conditions, a severe lack of health care and sanitary facilities including sanitary pads have meant that female prisoners in Southern Sudan have to use dirty rags during their their menstrual cycle. In some cases they even insert clay into their vaginas to stop the bleeding. These practices not only cause infection and disease but is also a source of humiliation and emotional distress, and prevents women from going about their daily lives during that period. 

The Project: Disposable pads may be convenient but they are expensive, not sustainable and not environmentally friendly.  In terms of aid, once the money runs out, the supply of pads will run out.  It seemed to make more sense in these circumstances to produce washable reusable cloth pads for women in prison in Southern Sudan.  Initially our initial goal was to sew 600 reusable washable pads for women in the Central Women's Prison in Juba. In two months we received 450 pads! We reached the 600 mark in the next 2 months with the help of female prisoners in BC! Now we have involved two Canadian correctional institutions in our project and they are both making pads for the project.  We soon received another 300 pads for all the female prisoners and guards in another prison in Torit (another town in Southern Sudan). We now want to supply all female prisoners and female guards (who don't have access to pads either). That means we need another 2600 pads (we assume each woman needs six pads). At the same time we want to teach them how to make them themselves. They will learn how to make clothing too so that they are skilled when they leave prison. The project has supplied sewing machines. We are also collecting baby clothing, bras and panties and have so far collected over 600 bras and 1000 panties! The project has spread to Afghanistan prisons. We are now exploring connections with suppliers of nutritious food for the children of mothers in prison, and pregnant and nursing mothers. 

Number of sewn pads received(18/03/10): 950