Who we are Our 40th Year August We are focusing this month on women. We are highlighting the acute challenges that face women whilst in prison, and how we are working to support them. The reality Women make up only 7% of our clients. So, if the numbers are so low, why do we devote so much time to talking about women’s special needs and their circumstances? Men make up around 90% of the world’s prison population. This means that all the prison systems and the rules that govern them are built with men –and not women- in mind. The archetypical prisoner is not a woman. Women are quite clearly a minority group that has very specific needs. Unfortunately, most criminal justice systems fail to recognise and address these needs in a meaningful manner. So, when women are arrested, the system which is going to process them hasn’t got the mechanisms in place to protect them; in fact until 2010 there were no specific international standards to oblige states to ensure gender-sensitive treatment in prison. The UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners (Bangkok Rules), were only adopted eight years ago. To continue reading, Elena's full article is just a click away. Health Statistics Take a look at the fascinating infographic report identifying health statistics for women in prison. Women with Children in Prison Read the article which focuses on children who are imprisoned with their mother.