Special Issue: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8 2020 – a special issue of International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

 The first issue for 2020 of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is now available.  This special issue titled ‘The Social Protection of Women and Girls: Links to Crime and Justice at CSW63’ contains a selection of articles from presentations at a series of parallel and side events held at the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd session (CSW63) at the UN Headquarters in New York City, US (March 2019). Guest editors Dr Sheetal Ranjan, Dr Rosemary Barberet, Dr Dawn Beichner and Dr Elaine Arnull have compiled an impressive array of articles from six panel events focusing on women, crime and justice.

Included in this issue are considerations related to gendered violence. Lori K. Sudderth’s paper represents the depth of developing practice in this area to ‘de-normalise’ violence within the family and the difficulties of undertaking this work, which include a lack of funding and the vulnerabilities of those taking part. Amelia Roskin-Frazee, examines higher education institutions’ efforts to address sexual violence that is perpetrated against women with marginalised identities. Roskin-Frazee gathered and analysed student sexual violence policies at 80 higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. Not surprisingly, she found that these policies failed to account for how race, sexuality, class and disability shape women’s experiences of sexual violence. Kerry Carrington, Natacha Guala, María Victoria Puyol and Máximo Sozzo examine how women’s police stations empower women, widen access to justice and prevent gender violence by turning around the patriarchal norms that sustain it. Cassia Spohn, in her paper, asks why the criminal justice system’s response to the crime of rape has not improved significantly in the past half century.

Policing and incarceration is the focus of several papers: Pilar Larroulet, Catalina Droppelmann, Paloma Del Villar, Sebastian Daza and Ana Figueroa explore ‘Who is transitioning out of prison? Characterizing female offenders and their needs in Chile’. Judith Ryder discusses the ways in which education can be a gateway to social and economic mobility for incarcerated women. Andrea Leverentz, urges readers to consider the unique ways in which women’s role as primary care provider differentially affects their pathways home from prison and the disruption posed by their incarceration on their children’s lives.

This special issue will be of particular relevance to two events taking place in 2020: the 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in Kyoto, Japan on 20–27 April, and the CSW’s 64th session, to be held in March 2020 in New York City.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main intergovernmental body exclusively concerned with gender equality and the empowerment of women. Established in 1946, the CSW is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council of the UN. The commission is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the global reality of women’s lives and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women

Any questions or feedback on the Journal can be sent to Tracy Creagh, Journal Manager – crimjournal@qut.edu.au

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