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1.3 Sisters Inside – International Submissions

Sisters Inside – International Submissions

Sisters Inside (2017) Submission by letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights re overincarceration and overcrowding of women in Australian prisons, Sisters Inside, Brisbane (8 pages + attachments)

Submission to inform the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report to the Human Rights Council pursuant to resolution 30/7 on ‘Human rights in the administration of justice, including juvenile justice’.  Outlines issues related to the causes and consequences of overcrowding and overincarceration of (disproportionately Indigenous) women and girls in Australia, with a particular focus on Queensland.

Sisters Inside (2017) Submission by letter in advance of Country Trip by United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Sisters Inside, Brisbane (4 pages)

Summarises the current role of government institutional and administrative systems (particularly prisons and police) in violating women’s rights throughout Australia.  Particularly focuses on perpetuation of violence and associated criminalisation against women in socially marginalised groups.

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and Sisters Inside (2011) Joint statement on criminalised women and education to the 55th Session, Commission on the Status of Women, 22 February – 4 March, United Nations, New York (4 pages)

Addresses continuing world-wide breaching of women prisoners’ right to education, training and access to full employment and decent work, and women’s consequent continuing poverty, powerlessness and risk of recidivism.  Examines available education and training including prison-provided offender-related and other educational programs, vocation training associated with prison labour and access to external education and training.  Highlights the particular impact on disadvantaged groups of women.

Includes detailed evidence (48 footnotes) augmented by interviews with former prisoners and Sisters Inside workers.  Primarily addresses breaches of women prisoners’ right to education in Queensland including inadequate availability and access to external education.  Critiques quality of prison-provided programs including limited educational value of prison labour, poor teaching standard, lack of transferability, and failure to adapt (men’s) programs to women prisoners’ needs.

Focused on the profile of criminalised women and girls, Indigenous over-representation and the nexus with violence against women.  Called on the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to further study these issues, and on member states to address emerging social marginalisation of women and keep and report on data specific to the criminalisation of women and girls.