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February 2018: Women and prisons  

To mark International Women's Day on March 8th, WEPHREN has collected resources on women and prisons. Thank you to all those who have sent in contributions.

International Women's Day (IWD), which has taken place on March 8 for over a century, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD is not only about acknowledging the barriers that women have overcome over the years, but also remembering that in some cases we still have a long way to go towards achieving gender parity. 

Women in prison often experience worse health outcomes than their male counterparts; WEPHREN has a collection of resources on women and prisons that can be acccessed here.

In this video, Dr Ruth Elwood Martin from the University of British Columbia, Canada, discusses her work with women in prison over the years and in particular her action research on the barriers for improving health for this population. You can find out more about her work at the Collaborating Centre for Prison Health and Education, a group committed to encouraging and facilitating collaborative opportunities for health, education, research, service and advocacy, to enhance the social well-being and (re)integration of individuals in custody, their families and communities.


Watch Dr Jo Peden introduce Public Health England's Gender Specific Standards to Improve Health and Well Being for Women in Prison in England, published on International Women's Day. Read more about the standards here.

Watch PHE's video for International Women's Day below.