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Public Health. 2010 Nov;124(11):632-4. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2010.08.006.

Women's health in prisons: it is time to correct gender insensitivity and social injustice.

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World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Women form a minority group within the prisons of Europe. Prisons have been built and they are run with the needs of the majority of prisoners in mind, namely men. Evidence collected throughout Europe about women's health in prisons showed that the services provided in some countries failed to meet even basic needs of women and provided examples of considerable gender insentivity and failures to observe their human rights. Along with UNODC, a joint report was issued called the WHO/UNODC Declaration which presented the evidence and made recommendations for urgently required improvements.

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