Research Papers

Women’s Health in Prison Correcting Gender Inequity in Prison Health

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) | January, 01 , 2009
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This is a background paper for the Kyiv Declaration on Women’s Health in Prison, which was discussed and adopted during the WHO International Conference on Prison Health in November 2008. The paper reflects the evidence from literature research and the best evidence provided by experts on women’s health in prison. Women’s rights while in prison are the same as men’s rights, but women seldom have equal access to these rights. As prison systems have been primarily designed for men, who comprise more than 95% of the prison population in most countries, prison policies and procedures often do not address women’s health needs. Data on the health of women in prison and the health care provided for them are rare, because most prison data are not gender specific.


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