JDI-SA signed on to the attached open letter written by Women Beyond Walls—joining 200+ other organisations and individuals from around the world, in calling on the Women Deliver conference, UN Women, and other international forums on women’s rights to be inclusive of criminalised, incarcerated, and formerly incarcerated women. Like many of the organisations who signed the letter, JDI-SA had also attempted to participate in the recently held Women Deliver conference, where we had tried to enter a film documenting the story of one of trans women survivors we work with in the conference’s arts and film festival, but our application was unsuccessful. This experience is all too common and the goal of the letter is to push major national and international women’s rights spaces and platforms to stop excluding incarcerated and criminalised women.

Read the letter here