Women in Conflict with the Law

A lack of gender-differentiated policies in the prison system, combined with the gender gap in the justice chain, deprives women in conflict with the law of meaningful access to justice. 

Watch the video below to learn more about the gender-differentiated needs of women and the particular challenges they face during imprisonment and in their communities.

Gender-blind policies in detention facilities put women at risk of discrimination, sexual violence and other human rights violations. In addressing gender-differentiated needs of women in conflict with the law the ‘Women’s Access to Justice in Asia and the Pacific’ project promotes non-custodial measures as an alternative to incarceration. Non-custodial measures can reduce the substantial social and economic costs of imprisonment and have positive implications for reoffending rates.

Resources:

The Bangkok Rules In English
‘The Bangkok Rules’ outline the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders’ to protect the rights of women in conflict with the law.
The Bangkok Rules In Filipino
This translation of the ‘Bangkok Rules’ was produced under the ‘Delivery of Women’s Legal Literacy and Access to Justice Services’ project in the Philippines. 
Factsheet: Women in Conflict with the Law
Based on government data, this factsheet highlights key issues and context for women in conflict with the law in the Philippines.

Featured Webinar Series

Women in Conflict with the Law: Justice Dialogue

Listen in on the insightful dialogue that took place on 19 October 2021. Bringing together justice providers, CSOs & Human Rights defenders to explore social justice, the need for policy reform, and legal barriers that prevent meaningful access to justice.

Human Rights and Access to Justice Issues of Women in Conflict with the Law

In March 2021, UN Women in collaboration with the UP Institute of Human Rights and the UP Foundation for Integrative and Development Studies Inc. (UP FIDS) co-organized a webinar series on Human Rights and Access to Justice Issues of Women in Conflict with the Law. The series addressed gender-differentiated challenges and needs of women before, during and after imprisonment.

Click on the links below to watch the recordings of the webinars

For more information on the Women’s Access to Justice Programme in the Philippines, contact:

Jona Marie Ang (UN Women Philippines, National Project Officer)
E: jona.ang@unwomen.org