LA PAZ, Bolivia ( Associated Press) — The courtyard of a prison south of La Paz turned into a catwalk on Tuesday.
Deprived of their freedom, they paraded on a red carpet wearing their own made wool and thread robes at the Obrazez Women’s Prison, south of La Paz, at an event organized as part of activities in commemoration of Bolivian Women’s Day.
More than 15 prisoners took part in the parade, which was witnessed by a group of other prisoners. The prisoners hope to be able to sell their creations to earn some money to help their families.
In prison inmates make clothes and key chains and do masonry work.
One of them is Maria Teresa Perez, who is serving an eight-year sentence for a crime she prefers not to remember, she told the Associated Press.
“They do everything they can to send their kids and it’s a big help to all of us,” Perez, 36, said.
His partner Gisela Gutierrez explained that they also wanted to demonstrate that women deprived of their freedom “can improve themselves every day.” Both agreed that knitting helps them to stay busy and forget about imprisonment.
For the director of the penitentiary regime, Juan Carlos Limpias, the activity is a sign that “nothing is impossible since freedom is denied”.
“Deprived of the freedom they can help themselves, in education, in feeding their children … put effort in the productive part, and empower themselves,” he said.
In the Andean country, Bolivian Women’s Day is celebrated to honor the birth of Adela Zamudio, an outstanding poet, writer, teacher and fighter for women’s rights.