Abuse of Women in Prison - Assessment

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Running head: OPINION EDITORIALOpinion editorialName of the studentName of the universityAuthor note
1OPINION EDITORIALAssessment task 3The abuse of women in the prison has remained a common practice in thecontemporary world. This has undoubtedly turned out to be one of the global issues whereshared responsibility for the good of the common people is not being realized. The tormentand abuse of women are not only been witnessed in the prison but also in the outside world.The males are treated as the superior beings (Abbott, Magin & Hu, 2017).The principle ofthe common good emphasizes on human dignity and equality of all people which means allhumans have the basic right to minimum standards of living (Thompson, 2017). This meanswomen in detention also have the right to live a life free from exploitation and abuse even inprison. Hence, due to this reason, the responsibility of preserving the dignity and the safety ofwomen should be collectively taken by every single individual particularly the nursingprofession. The role of nursing profession is particularly important because they are betterpositioned to identify signs of abuse and educate people regarding maintaining dignity ofwomen. This would head towards the betterment of the females in society.The women in their statement mentioned that only few prisoners made them feel goodin the prison and they made them feel safe in the male world inside the prison. The femalesfaced the predicament inside the prison. They felt a sense of Diaspora in that world. It was analien world for them where they found no existence of the females. There was no space forwomen in the world of men (Aguirre et al., 2013).Hence, preventive action and advocacyrelated strategies are necessary so that experiences of violence in women prisoners arereduced.As male prisoners are the one who first increase risk of abuse and psychologicalissues in detained women prisoners, there is a need to identify solutions to change the attitudeof men towards women. The nursing profession can volunteer to take part in reform programs
2OPINION EDITORIALin prison where male prisoners can be educated about gender equality. Nurses can play a rolein providing gender equity training so that equal and respectful relationship can bemaintained and women gets a safe environment in prison. Gender equity training can be aneffective strategy to educate people living in the prison regarding dignity of all (Ievins &Crewe, 2015). Nurses have the theoretical knowledge to effectively communicate with peoplefrom diverse cultural background (Kouta & Kaite, 2011). Hence, education programmes fromgender perspective can help to make male prisoners conscious about rights of women andempowering women in society instead of discriminating them.Apart from taking the strategy of implementing gender equity training among menprisoner, another proposed solution to address the issue of abuse among women is toimplement community awareness initiative. This is important because detained womenprisoners experience violence and discrimination not only in prison, but also after coming outfrom prisons (Johnson et al., 2015). Nursing profession can bring together people in thecommunity and inform them about the impact of abuse on women and their life. People in thecommunity can be reached by several media programmes or special education programmes inthe community (McGarry & Nairn, 2015).The importance of giving knowledge regarding thesufferings and vulnerability of abused women is that it can change the attitude of peopletowards detained women. In addition, people in the community must also be educatedregarding supporting women and taking actions against all factors that promotes violenceagainst women. This is likely to empower women and support women to live life with dignityafter their imprisonment (Lee & Hudson, 2017).Many women who experience violence in prison suffer from physical and mentalhealth problems and they are sent to correctional home for treatment (Carbone et al., 2015).The persons are kept there for a purpose. They are found to be discharged without beingrestored and this acts s a barrier towards the attainment of the common good. Every
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