Across our network, we have a diverse set of participants, staff, and ambassadors, who observe and partake in several different public and religious holidays. We work with a wide range of prisoners, who also celebrate these holidays.
As the Islamic holiday of Eid-al-Fitr approaches, we celebrate with Muslim members of our network, who will be partaking in Eid festivities!
Celebrating Eid in Prisons
Prisons are challenging environments, particularly for prisoners from minority backgrounds. An example of this is that Muslim prisoners can sometimes find it difficult to observe Ramadan and celebrate Eid due to a lack of understanding of the cultural and religious significance of Ramadan and Eid within the wider prison service.
Last year, Zeba, an Unlocked Ambassador from our 2018 Cohort, decided to organise a socially distanced Eid celebration for prisoners at her establishment and ensured Muslim prisoners were able to partake in a crucial time of the year for them, which they otherwise could have missed. This is just one of the many ways that Unlocked officers are making a difference within prisons. You can read more about Zeba’s Eid celebrations here.