Women in detention
31-03-2010 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 877, by Julie Ashdown and Mel James
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Prison systems are rarely gender sensitive, and are even less so in conflict situations. When women are detained, it is crucial that international standards, applied with sensitivity to women’s particular needs, are brought to bear. This article gives an overview of the relevant international law, as well as the gender-specific considerations that need to be taken into account when implementing it.