11th June 2019
The UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice has published its thematic report on women deprived of liberty for the 41st session of the Human Rights Council.
IPRT made a submission to the Working Group in October 2018 focusing on women deprived of their liberty in the justice system, focusing on: the causes of women coming into conflict with the law in Ireland; the over-representation of Traveller women in prison; the offences for which women are typically charged; challenges to accessing justice for women; and the use of non-custodial measures.
The Report of the UN working Group analyses the causes of deprivation of liberty of women from a gender perspective to provide an understanding of the ways in which women are uniquely and disproportionately affected by deprivation of liberty.
The report contains recommendations to support States in developing and implementing comprehensive measures that are aimed at legal, institutional, social and cultural transformation. Many of the issues outlined in the IPRT submission are reflected in these recommendations. Inter alia, the Working Group recommends:
Read the thematic report of the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice on the Human Rights Council website here.
For more on IPRT’s work on women in detention, visit iprt.ie/women-offenders