Apr10 10/04/2017 16:03:00 by Zoey

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The sixty-first session of the CSW took place at the United Nations Headquarters In New York from 13 - 24 March 2017.

The event occurs annually, providing a space where UN member states, civil society organisations such as our partner Soroptimist International, and UN entities can discuss thematic issues relevant to gender equality.

At an expert panel discussion, Pat Black, Soroptimist International Director of Advocacy, spoke of the need to use non-traditional data sources to collect data at local levels. Pat explained that using a woman-centred community based approach has positive and economic outcomes. She focused on the example of Soroptimist International collaborating with the Prison Reform Trust in the UK on Transforming Lives to inform policy and practice, and prosecution and sentencing guidelines with data analysis; as well as using well researched good practice and thematic briefings for those working with women in penal system. Soroptimist International collected standardised information at grassroots level and this data has impacted UK government decisions.

We are pleased that our work on Transforming Lives with Soroptimist International GBI was brought up at the UN as an area of good collaboration and practice between the two organisations.

Mar17 17/03/2017 11:10:00 by Zoey

New research published today by the Prison Reform Trust reveals significant variations in how police forces deal with women who come into the criminal justice system. Fair Cop? Improving outcomes for women at the point of arrest provides solutions and examples of positive work being delivered by police to tackle low level, non-violent crime committed by women. However, the report also found that opportunities are being missed to intervene early, reduce women’s offending and protect the public.
Nov28 28/11/2016 12:16:00 by Zoey

Five years on from the transfer of the nurse-led prison healthcare service from the Scottish Prison Service to NHS Scotland this RCN Scotland publication evaluates how far the aspirations behind the move are being evidenced in practice.

Nov9 09/11/2016 10:42:00 by Zoey


Tom Guiney will be presenting at a Public Policy Exchange Symposium on "Reducing Women's Imprisonment: Developing Strategies at the National Level and Responding to the Needs of Female Offenders in the Local Community" on Wednesday 16 November.

Speaking alongside Tom, the panel members are:

  • Professor Azrini Wahidin, Nottingham Trent University
  • Dr Linda Moore, Ulster University
  • Dr Alison Frater, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Professor Annie Barlett, St Georges University of London
  • Lucy Baldwin, De Montfort University
  • Rod Clark, Prisoners' Education Trust
  • Paul Anders, Revolving Doors Agency
  • Paula Harriot, Revolving Doors Agency
  • Sara Hyde, Working Chance

The programme flyer can be found here.

Oct31 31/10/2016 12:19:00 by Zoey

Tom Guiney will be presenting at a panel discussion Women and criminal justice: why should we care? organised by the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.

 This event is part of the national ESRC Festival of Social Science. Tom will be presenting along with:

  • Laura Spink-Bates (Criminal Justice Women's Support Co-ordinator Open Road Visions)
  • Elisa Vasquez-Walters (Offender Manager at Essex Probation)
  • Sarah Day (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)
  • Angie Jenner (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)
  • Emma Milne, Chair (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)
  • Ruth Weir (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)

The Programme flyer can be accessed here.

All are welcome to attend. Book your place today. If you have any questions, contact Nigel South at


Oct31 31/10/2016 11:15:00 by Zoey

Jenny Earle will be speaking at the Halsbury's Law Exchange panel discussion, women in prison: is the justice system fit for purpose? on the 8 November.

Jenny will be joining Joshua Rozenberg QC (Chair), Legal Commentator and Journalist; The Rt Hon. the Lord Beith, House of Lords; John Cooper QC, 25 Bedford Row; Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, House of Lords, Chair of Justice; and, Vicky Pryce, Economist and Business Consultant.

The purpose of the event will be to:

  • Examine the way in which female offenders are treated by the sentencing system.
  • Consider whether there is a true, principled, case for reform.
  • Debate whether or not women ought to be treated differently to men and, if so, how that should be approached.

Jenny participated in the previous panel discussion in November 2014, details and panel members of that event can be found here.

To book your place please click here.