Discrimination against women in the criminal justice system highlighted in PRI statement to the IPU today
(22 October 2012) PRI's Chairman, David Daubney, will today deliver a statement to the Interparliamentary Union's 127th Assembly in Quebec on discrimination against women in criminal justice systems.
The statement will be delivered during a special debate on Citizenship, identity and linguistic and cultural diversity in a globalized world.
The statement focuses particularly on discrimination faced by women prisoners, and in particular by women from minority ethnic and racial groups and indigenous women, who are often over-represented in the prison system.
It also highlights the role of the Bangkok Rules adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2010, which seek to provide measures to address the historic disadvantage faced by women in the criminal justice system, and calls on Members of Parliament present to adopt the standards in their own national legislations.
Watch our short interview with David on how his interest in penal reform began and Canada's record of criminal justice reform:
PRI has produced a series of short briefing papers for IPU members and others, which focus on the disadvantages faced by women and girls in the criminal justice system worldwide, and highlight examples of international good practice. These are available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish (see below).