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Women in Detention: A Guide to Gender-Sensitive Monitoring

NCJ Number
Tomris Atabay
Date Published
22 pages
This paper provides guidelines for monitoring at risk women in detention.
This paper outlines the risks faced by women deprived of their liberty of being subjected to torture and ill-treatment and measures that can be taken to reduce such risks. The main focus of the paper is the situation of women in detention in the criminal justice system, though the discussion is in many cases equally relevant to women deprived of liberty in other contexts, such as psychiatric institutions and immigration detention facilities. This paper provides information to assist all monitoring bodies, to ensure that their activities include gender-specific considerations, by outlining the particular risks women face of being subjected to torture or ill-treatment, the particular circumstances that increase such risks and what measures can be taken to prevent the torture and ill-treatment of women in all places of detention. Monitoring bodies are encouraged to use this paper in mainstreaming a gender perspective into their monitoring activities and in preparing thematic reports or reviews on women in detention. A list of recommended readings is included.