Empower women. Resist injustice. Transform lives.

A call to action: Justice Matters for Women

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. 


The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and Women in Prison have issued a call to action, and hope that you might be able to take the time to read it in full and pledge your support here.

Throughout 2014 and 2015 we have been involved in a range of activities including the publication of articles, an essay collection, events and a conference in May 2015. To find out more about this initiative, please click on the links below:

  • Read Claire Cain's article, 'Together we can bring the walls down', inviting people to march on June 20th 2015 to protest against the cuts to women's services.
  • In May 2015 we held the Justice Matters for Women: Time for Action! conference, bringing together over 100 activists, researchers, support workers and women affected by criminal justice. You read the full programme and watch the footage here.
  • Empower, resist, transform: A collection of essays highlights how women faced by criminalisation and gender based violence are repeatedly failed by society.
  • Read the messages of support from those who have signed the call to action.