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Women and the Death Penalty

This year, the 19th World Day Against the Death Penalty is dedicated to women who have been impacted by capital punishment – those sentenced to death or facing a death sentence, those who have been executed and others who’s lives have been impacted by the punishment in other ways.

In the global context, women’s experiences of the death penalty and the penal system more widely are often overlooked. In response, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty themed this year’s World Day as ‘women sentenced to death – an invisible reality’.

It’s believed that women make up less than 5% of the world’s total death row population, with approximately 800 women currently on death row. In 2020, at least 7 countries sentenced women to death and at least 16 women were executed

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18th World Day Against Death Penalty Webinar

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