This research report is based on a survey of 28 and 32 per cent of the female prison population in Jordan and Tunisia respectively, carried out by PRI in December 2013 and February 2014. It also includes an analysis of statistics received from criminal justice authorities in the two countries. By providing facts and figures, the report seeks to illustrate the need for gender-specific policies that respond to the needs of women in prison, and to enable an identification of the key areas to be addressed as a matter of priority.
A snapshot of survey results:
In Jordan, on the day of PRI’s survey, 57 per cent of the women were in judicial detention and 43 per cent in administrative detention (of which 62 per cent were foreign nationals) – for various reasons including so-called ‘protective detention’
Of the women in judicial detention in Jordan, only a quarter were charged with or convicted of violence offences, and this was the case for just 17 per cent of the women surveyed in Tunisia
The most common consequences of imprisonment included stigmatisation by family, family breakdown and depression
The report includes recommendations with reference to the UN Bangkok Rules.
This is the third report of our research project inspired by Rule 67 of the UN Bangkok Rules. The other two reports focused on women prisoners in the South Caucasus and Central Asia.
This project has been made possible by the financial support of the UK Government. This report was also published with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The report will be available in Arabic in October 2014.