Women usually make up a very small minority of the overall prison population. They have particular needs and vulnerabilities which are different from those of men, but prison rules and facilities have been developed for a prison population in which the male prisoner is considered to be the norm.
Drawing from observations, interviews and other fact-finding during its visits since 1990, the CPT has gradually developed detailed standards on the treatment of women in prison.
They are described in this new factsheet, prepared by the CPT’s Secretariat.
The factsheet covers the following issues:
Equal access to activities
Adequate hygiene and health care
Ante-natal, post-natal and child care
Gender-sensitive prison management, staffing and training