Keywords: Humanistic Outlook, Tec Women Award
Since 2014, Miriam Flores Bañuelos has been going to the Internment and Adaptation of Juvenile Offenders Center, in Monterrey, with a very humane purpose: to help young female interns devise a plan that will allow them to reintegrate into society and keep from being repeat offenders.
For helping imprisoned young women reintegrate into society, an EGADE Business School PhD student in Administrative Sciences is awarded the 2017 Tec Woman Award in the She4she category, as part of the commemoration for International Women’s Day.
For this work, which is part of a project she called “Free Youth,” the EGADE Business School PhD student in Administrative Sciences was granted the 2017 Tec Woman Award in the She4she category, on March 2.
Flores Bañuelos is one of 17 women to receive the award—divided into eight categories—this year. The She4she category recognizes women who foster female talent, who employ or mentor women, who accompany and empower other women, and who fight for their rights in education and work, or who make visible, recommend, connect, or finance other women.
In an interview, the student noted that she created “Free Youth” when she was a volunteer with the Peace Promotion organization, and that in the future she hopes her project will grow and become a new association.
She said that she currently helps about 30 women from 14 to 21 years old, offering them academic tutoring so that they can finish high school and go to college once they are free. She also offers them motivational follow-up and looks into their family situation.
“The idea is for them to have a positive outlook on life and not to commit another crime, because unfortunately the recidivism rates are very high,” she said.
She noted that some of the young people she helps are studying college careers in law and education, and others are being trained in beauty school or as educational assistants.
Flores Bañuelos highlighted the need to work together in favor of employment reintegration, offering job opportunities to people with a criminal record, which will also help to fight insecurity.
“Everyone can help the cause. If you’re the manager of a business, if you’re an entrepreneur, you can help by giving a job to someone who was released from prison, someone who otherwise wouldn’t have been hired,” she added.
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