22-26 May 2023, Vienna – Prisons have traditionally been built for men and designed to cater to their needs. Women and transgender people are a growing prison population with unique and complex healthcare needs that are often neglected. Their situation is exacerbated by stigma, discrimination, gender-based violence and inequality in accessing prison services.
The side event brought together member states, intergovernmental organisations, and civil society to consider efforts in addressing the healthcare needs of and challenges faced by women and transgender people in prison.
Lived experience of abuse in detention was shared by Tebogo Mokobori, LGBTIQ rights activist and member of Just Detention International-South Africa’s (JDI-SA) Survivor Council. Doreen Gaura from JDI-SA presented the organization’s impactful work in addressing gender-based violence in detention.
The event was moderated by Triona Lenihan from PRI, and was attended by around 100 participants.