There are several critical issues regarding the health care and treatment of female prisoners. These issues include women’s rights in prison, HIV prevalence in SSA prisons, and the need for gender-responsive treatment of female prisoners. We will discuss the importance of providing gender-specific substance abuse treatment to women in prison. Finally, we will consider the importance of addressing the needs of pregnant women in prison. For further information, please visit the following websites.
Women’s rights in prison
One of the many issues affecting women in prison is access to health care. The lack of affordable and accessible products is particularly problematic for women with menstrual health problems and irregular periods. Furthermore, prisons are notorious for their high rate of sexual violence against women. As a result, many women are at an increased risk of developing certain health conditions while in prison. Here are some reasons why prisons should make health care accessible to women in prison.
Iranian human rights activist, Mehri Jafari, spoke about the impacts of the Iranian political system on women prisoners in the November 2011 Incarceration Connection conference. The conference, held in collaboration with the United Nations University, also featured a video of her testimony. And a study published in 2009 by Andrew Coyle of the University of Oxford found that most children born in prison spent their first years of life in a prison.
HIV prevalence in SSA prisons
In addition to HIV prevention, SSA prisons also must address the high rates of incarcerated women. However, …Critical Issues Regarding the Health Care and Treatment of Female Prisoners Read More