CSU Bakersfield hosts “A Human Rights Approach to Women’s Prison Reform”: A Talk by Dr. Barbara Owen

Dr. Barbara Owen of Fresno State will discuss the status of incarcerated women in California at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, at CSUB’s Student Union Multipurpose Room in honor of International Women’s Day.

The Professor Emerita of Criminology at Fresno State will present a talk titled "A Human Rights Approach to Reforming Women's Prisons,” that will be followed with a Q+A and book signing. The event is hosted by CSUB’s Club GEN (Gender Equality Now) and co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Kegley Institute of Ethics, and Political Science Club. Club GEN President Samantha DeLaCruz stresses the importance of awareness and education on prison reform.

“Incarceration is often discussed with a lack of empathy and a disregard for reform that extends beyond punishment. Such approaches neglect to address the full scope of prison reformation, which involves pervasive inequity and human-rights violations that Dr. Owen will further speak on.”

Barbara Owen is a nationally respected expert in the areas of girls, women and crime, gender issues in the criminal justice system, and women’s prison culture, with extensive experience in conducting ethnographies, large-scale surveys, policy studies and program evaluation. She serves as both a national and international policy advisor, co-authoring several extensive policy reports and a book titled “In Search of Safety: Confronting Inequality in Women’s Imprisonment” (2017).

Club GEN aims to bring awareness and educate others about social inequalities that result from sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, and ethnocentrism, and to promote activism and empowerment to those who have been oppressed. The club promotes equality for all and

addresses social injustice with an intersectional framework, advocating for issues that include but are not limited to - reproductive health, LGBTQ+ inclusion, racial discrimination, and sexual assault. Club GEN is a CSUB student-led organization open to all CSUB students and community part.

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