Vance Center Launches Report on Women’s Incarceration in Sierra Leone

July 2020


Report Launch: Woman Wahala Na Prison – Causes and Consequences of Women’s Imprisonment in Sierra Leone
Monday, August 10, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The number of women in prison has dramatically increased around the world in recent years, yet little is known about the causes and consequences of women’s incarceration. To address this knowledge gap, the Vance Center partnered with AdvocAid in Sierra Leone to conduct a year-long participatory pilot study focused on the causes and consequences of women’s imprisonment in Sierra Leone.

This pilot research and advocacy project was part of the Vance Center’s Women in Prison project. It was designed to serve as a blueprint for similar projects that other organizations could implement in their own countries, and particularly in the Global South, where there is often a lack of reliable data specific to women in prison. The project was also intended as a continuation of the training provided at the Vance Center’s “Women in prison: evidence, advocacy and reform” conference in Bogota, Colombia, and a chance for our Network of individual advocates and organizations working on this issue to see its practical application.

Please join us for a launch event for the Vance Center and AdvocAid’s new report “Woman Wahala na Prison – Causes and Consequences of Women’s Imprisonment in Sierra Leone”. At this event, Sierra Leonean and international experts will come together to discuss the patterns they have observed regarding the incarceration of women and their post-release experiences, as well as the importance of conducting participatory research on women in contact with the criminal justice system.

Hon. David Panda-Noah, Minister of Internal Affairs of Sierra Leone

Commissioner Simitie Lavaly – Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, Barrister and Commissioner

Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste – Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, Programs Director

Isabella Cordua – Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, Consultant and Lead Researcher

Joseph Caesar Bangura – AdvocAid, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer


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