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Training Resources on Penal Reform and Gender

1 January, 2010



Gender-responsive penal reform seeks to:

  • Develop responses to offending by men, women, boys and girls, including non-custodial measures carried out in the community that consider their different needs and characteristics
  • Improve the planning and delivery of services in prisons (including accommodation, healthcare, security and preparation for release) in a manner that is responsive to the different needs and characteristics of men, women, boys and girls
  • Train penal staff in gender issues and human rights in policy and practice
  • Strengthen complaint and oversight mechanisms within the penal system by including a gender responsive approach
  • Strengthen collaboration with civil society organisations, including women's groups, in both service and oversight functions


Megan Bastick, Kristin Valasek