World Coalition launches glossary on gender and the death penalty


By World coalition against the deaht penalty, on 15 August 2023

As part of its efforts to mainstream a gender lens in the abolitionist movement, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty just released a glossary on gender and the death penalty. The first of its kind, this publication presents and defines terms relevant to gender-sensitive abolitionist work that recognize the various forms of gender-based discrimination and violence at work throughout the judicial process leading to the death penalty.

While it is not an exhaustive list of all concepts related to gender and capital punishment, it is a significant step towards clarifying the nexus between gender and abolition. This glossary is one of several tools developed to help abolitionists affirm the commitment they made on World Day Against the Death Penalty 2021 and 2022 to make visible the struggles of women and LGBTQIA+ individuals sentenced to death around the world.

This publication was made possible through the contributions of the members of the World Coalition’s Gender Working Group, as well as other member organizations, including Eleos Justice of Monash University, Greater Carribean for Life, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, Fédération internationale pour les droits humains (FIDH), ACAT France and The Advocates for Human Rights. We would also like to thank LGBTQIA+ organizations ASEAN SOGIE Caucus and ILGA Asia as well as the Women and Harm Reduction International Network for their input.

This glossary is now available in English and French. Click here to learn more about the World Coalition’s work on gender and the death penalty.

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Gender and Death Penalty Glossary

By World Coalition against the Death Penalty, on 1 August 2023


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As part of the integration of a gender and intersectional approach into its strategy, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty (World Coalition) decided to develop a glossary to identify and define the key terms of which the abolitionist movement should be aware to consider gender and other axes of intersectional discrimination at work in the capital punishment process, and more broadly to mainstream gender into their abolitionist work. This glossary was developed based on existing glossaries of World Coalition members on closely related topics, existing international definitions and standards established by international human rightsmechanisms as well as based on definitions written by international organizations specializing inwomen’s rights and LGBTQIA+ people’s rights.This glossary aims to support the abolitionist movement in recognizing the gender and intersectional biases at work in the judicial process leading to the death penalty and to contribute to the developmentof a common language around these issues, a process initiated a few years ago by members of theWorld Coalition Against such as the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide. Moreover, this glossary also aims to promote the integration of a gender approach into the internal workings o fabolitionist organizations.



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