Women's Voices


For many years, the insights of people with lived experience of the criminal justice system have been at the heart of PRT's work.

Throughout the Transforming Lives programme, we worked with partner organisations to provide a platform for the voices of women with lived experience of the criminal justice system.

In April 2019 we convened a Women's Summit in London, bringing together ministers, senior police representatives, government officials, women's services and women with experience of the criminal justice system. Read our press release here, and the twitter roundup of the event here.

To date over 150 women have been engaged, as well as children with experience of maternal imprisonment. Their comments and stories are included in our publications and form an essential part of our advocacy.

On this page you will find summary reports of the meetings of the Transforming Lives Women's Councils convened by User Voice in Birmingham and London from 2016 to 2018, and a series of focus groups held with women in Wales by Llamau in the same period.

You will also find the research report produced by NatCen about our work with women, and an inspiring blog by Yasmin Akhtar about her involvement in the programme.

Women's Voices West Midlands report

Women's Voices London report

Women's Voices summary report, published at the Women's Summit in April 2019

Llamau Women's Voices report

NatCen: Transforming Lives programme evaluation report

Guest blog: Involving women in Transforming Lives - my experience



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