Brown Bag Lunch - Through the Eyes of Women: What a Co-operative Can Mean in Supporting Women during Confinement and Integration

This lunchtime series provides the community an opportunity to
hear about research partnerships between community-based
organizations and University researchers. Learn how CUISR works,
and how it can work for you and your organization!

Bring your lunch and join us at:

Station 20 West, Boardroom (2nd Floor)
1120 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Isobel Findlay, Professor in the Edwards
School of Business, CUISR University Co-Director and lead author
of the study.

This research study considers criminalized women’s lived
experiences while in custody and upon release. Particular
attention is paid to women’s perceptions of institutional
programming with the purpose of outlining service and other gaps
and clarifying how co-operative initiatives might fill these gaps.
The research designed collaboratively by the Community-
University Institute for Social Research and the Elizabeth Fry
Society of Saskatchewan explores how participation in a cooperative
can impact the capacity of provincially sentenced
women to negotiate incarceration and successfully reintegrate into
the community upon release from custody. The study provides
women the opportunity to voice their needs and hopes, their
stories and experience of imprisonment, and their capacity for
social, economic, cultural, and civic integration. It explores how
living under conditions of confinement may structure women’s
choices, their social, cultural, and civic identities, and shape their
mental well-being and their capacity to manage their lives upon
release—and what participating in a co-operative might mean for
their capacities and choices.