Through her role on the executive committee of the World Society of Victimology, Dr. Dawn Beichner (CJS, WGSS) will attend the 65th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) this month.

The World Society of Victimology has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). With her colleagues Dr. Sheetal Ranjan and Dr. Rosemary Barberet, Dr. Beichner coordinated three parallel event panels for the CSW65, which take place this month.

Beichner will chair one of the panels, “Feminist Approaches to Justice: Addressing Incarcerated and Returning Women Worldwide,” and present a paper, “A Global View of Women, Prison, and Aftercare: Promising Practices,” alongside Dr. Otmar Hagemann.

“The panel takes a global approach to the issues that incarcerated women and their loved ones face—both through the period of incarceration and during the women’s critical transition home to their families and communities,” said Beichner.

The panel includes a combination of scholars and women’s rights activists from around the world. Each presenter will cover information specific to their home countries.

“Serving as a liaison to the United Nations for the World Society of Victimology provides me with an opportunity to network with and learn from activists and scholars from around the world,” said Beichner. “It is very empowering to know that there are people doing the same kinds of advocacy for incarcerated women and their children as me, in every region of the world. The Commission on the Status of Women gives each of us an opportunity to share best practices and shape policy reforms.”

Want to learn more?

The virtual event including the panels and paper presentation is free, and all are welcome to attend. Check out the attached flyer below for additional event details.

Up next:

Beichner and her panel collaborators have arranged with the journal editor of Violence Against Women to co-edit a special journal issue on the research they are showcasing at the CSW65, which will be published early next year.