Criminal justice and prison systems face unprecedented challenges that are amplified by the COVID-19 global pandemic. In a system primarily designed for men, gender-responsive approaches are crucial to ensure no one is left behind. Sustained action is needed to address the disproportionate increase in the imprisonment of women, and the lack of gender-specific health care and social reintegration programmes in prisons.
Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are organizing this series of webinars to create a platform for discussion on current challenges faced by women in conflict with the law and sharing of tools, experience, lessons learned and good practices. The aim is to promote gender-responsive approaches, both in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and in relation to longer-term criminal justice and prison reform efforts. The series is also expected to identify and adjust priorities for criminal justice and prison systems in the ongoing Decade of Action in order to achieve SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 16 (access to justice for all) and SDG 17 (building global partnerships).
Furthermore, as 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules), this webinar series aims to promote global dialogues on gender sensitive responses to the distinctive needs of women prisoners and emphasize the need to give priority to implementing non- custodial measures for women offenders.
The series will consist of separate webinars (45-60 minutes), each focusing on a different aspect of the topic. Each webinar will include a panel of 3-4 speakers and a Q&A session.