During the event, we were lucky enough to hear from two young women with lived experience of the criminal justice system who expressed how their interactions with the police, courts, prison and probation services confirmed their deep mistrust in services and explained how their specific needs were overlooked.
One young woman, Dani, said that, “I was treated unfairly. I wasn’t ever listened to. The police in particular didn’t understand where I was coming from. I was treated like a criminal.”
While Razia, a young Muslim woman from the Muslim Women in Prison Project (MWIP), shared that there was a failure to recognise the overlapping forms of discrimination she faced, including judgement from her own community, which she described as “a double sentence.”
Following the reception, we are excited to continue the work of the Young Women’s Justice Project and look forward to seeing the experiences of young women in contact with the criminal justice system taking priority in policy.
As our host, the wonderful Florence Eshalomi MP, indicated, it is only together that we can create change.
Florence said, “The longer we continue to have these conversations… that’s the key thing for us to address this and make sure we see change which is what the young women and girls deserve… Together, we can change the agenda.”
To find out what you can do to support young women and girls in the criminal justice system, see our Action Card here.