Empowering Women – Changing Lives
This morning in the Stranger’s Dining Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney, we had a very special breakfast with Baroness Jean Corston.
The Hon. Leslie Williams MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education hosted the third annual Empowering Women – Changing Lives Breakfast at Parliament House with special guest speaker, UK Parliamentarian, Baroness Jean Corston. In 2007 Baroness Corston led a ground-breaking enquiry into the UK prison system’s impact on women and authored the The Corston Report – A review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the UK criminal justice system. Nearly ten years after the UK government adopted 41 of its 43 recommendations, the Baroness recounted the benefits of a woman-centred approach to reducing recidivism rates among female offenders, and the benefits that therefore flow to the entire community.
Sydney Community Foundation and its Sydney Women’s Fund works in partnership with the Zonta Club of Sydney, SHINE for Kids, The Miranda Project, Reichstein Foundation, and Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) to change community attitudes and government practice relating to the incarceration of women. Baroness Jean Corston was invited by this coalition of philanthropy and women’s organisations to brief politicians, policy makers and local justice organisations on the recommendations made in The Corston Report and their applicability in an Australian setting. All funds raised at the breakfast supported the Women In Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN).