Webinar: Operating and Designing for the Gender Gap

In this women-centred webinar, our expert panellists discuss what a facility purposely planned and designed with the needs and experiences of incarcerated women in mind should feel and look like.

Operating and Designing for the Gender Gap

Evidence shows that female offenders bring into custody biographies and histories different from those of men – they are more likely to be victims of violence and sexual abuse, have multiple and complex healthcare needs, suffer from higher drug abuse rates and infectious diseases, are more likely to be unmarried mothers of minors and struggle with limited education and a lack of employment and vocational training before incarceration. Despite their very different life experiences and variations in needs, women have been historically incarcerated in correctional facilities designed for men.
In this women-centered webinar our expert panelists discuss what a facility purposely planned and designed with the needs and experiences of incarcerated women in mind should feel and look like. Using case studies from Australasia, our guest speakers demonstrate why, from a human rights, rehabilitative, and trauma-informed perspective is so important to have well-designed female facilities.
This webinar features the following speakers:
Ms Sarah Paddick talks about: Architectural principles and examples of women centered design, and the potential effects on rehabilitation and healing. Discussion of results from the recently completed Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Adelaide Women’s Prison Redevelopment project.

Kailin Ng talks about: The female prison in Singapore operates within a Cluster of 4 other male prisons, and is designed to house all female offenders in Singapore’s criminal justice system. It is run by an all-female workforce. This presentation details how we design and operate a female prison in such an environment, the limitations we face and what we have done to overcome them.  

Professor Barbara Owen talks about: The gendered nature of safety in women’s correctional facilities and their implications for architectural design. Safety for women who are imprisoned has multiple dimensions – physical, psychological, sexual and social. We explore how each dimension has significant implications for design. Other concepts include gendered privacy and how traditional approaches to design focuses on security, rather than safety for women; how staff sexual harassment and abuse shape design; and the need to emphasize treatment and other rehabilitative  spaces. 

Ms Anthea Doyle outlines the essential issues that have been discussed throughout the event and provides a wrap-up summary discussion of the topic.
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