Justice matters for women: Time for action

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Following our call to action to 'Empower women, resist injustice and transform lives', Women in Prison and the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies are hosting a one day event to build collective action for challenging criminal justice failure and building social justice alternatives.

About the conference


In partnership with
Women in Prison

  • Are you working with women to limit the damage caused by criminal justice?
  • Want to fight for change but don't know where to start?
  • Feel frustrated and helpless in the current climate?

If so, join the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and Women in Prison on Wednesday 20 May 2015 for a positive and forward looking event to turn shared concerns into collective action.

We want to promote radical and practical ways to challenge the injustices experienced by women prior to their contact with the criminal justice system so that prisons and punishment become unnecessary.

In 2014 the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and Women in Prison issued a call to action to empower women, resist injustice and transform lives:

The harms women face are widespread yet consistently ignored. Many criminal justice interventions and support services serve to replicate and reinforce unequal gender relations rather than tackle the root causes of harm. Women facing criminalisation and gender based violence are repeatedly failed by society.

We need to think about and develop social interventions that get to the root of these problems. We are calling on others to work with us to challenge structural inequality and eradicate punishment and control in women's lives.

Many have signed the call to action and this conference will provide a unique opportunity for shared reflectiondiscussion and ideas for concrete action

Provisional agenda

We will be hearing from a diverse range of speakers with campaigning experience within and outside the criminal justice system. 

1. Setting the context:

  • From criminal justice to social justice: making the case
    Rachel Halford, Women in Prison
  • Empower women, resist injustice, transform lives
    Rebecca Roberts, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

2. Building a movement for change: GUEST SPEAKER Betty Makoni, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Child Network World Wide: Hear her inspirational story behind building a girls' empowerment movement, her work as a human rights activist against gender based violence and her belief in the power of campaigning.

3. Justice matters for women: (Chair, Sara Hyde)

  • Empowering women, resisting injustice and transforming lives
    Speakers from User Voice Women's Service User Council in London followed by discussion group sessions on responding to women, what needs to change?

4. Inspiring, organising and tools for bringing about change 

Workshop sessions to include:

5. Turning our knowledge, experience and commitment into action


We would like to thank the Swan Mountain Trust for supporting this conference.

The conference fee is £10 (£5 for unwaged or those on low incomes).

If you are able to contribute more, then please make a small donation to help fund attendance for those unable to cover their costs. A limited number of free places and travel support for those on low incomes will be available. Email us for more information. 

Venue, time and date

May 20th, 2015 10:00 AM   to   4:30 PM
Human Rights Action Centre
Amnesty International
25 New Inn Yard
London, EC2A 3EA
United Kingdom

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Phone: 0207 840 6110
Registration fee £ 10.00
Unwaged or low income £ 5.00
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