In the Media

LIFE – The Saturday Paper 

Bri Lee, co-creator of the fREADom INSIDE initiative wrote a profile on Fran Drake, one of the founding members of WJN’s Advisory Panel.

January 28 – February 3, 2023




The Drum, ABC

Bri Lee and WJN’s Mentoring Coordinator Fran Drake speak about the fREADom Inside Project’s next stage, Bookclubs – by and for women incarcerated in NSW.

Broadcast: 5 December 2022

Interview Producer: Ghada Ali

ABC Radio National

WJN’s CEO Gloria Larman speaks with Hamish Macdonald about the fREADom INSIDE Bookclubs Project.

Broadcast: 28 November 2022

Producer: Nancy Notzon

Ally Colquitt discovered the ‘rehabilitative potential’ of reading while in prison and wants women to have better access to books

ABC News – By Catriona Stirrat – 21/12/2021

Reading freed my mind from prison – those suffering in the broken justice system deserve the same

Access to creativity is an essential way for incarcerated people to receive the compassion that we all seek
The Guardian Opinion by Ally Colquitt, Youth Worker Women’s Justice Network – 29/10/2021

New initiative aims to help women in jail turn the page

For women in jail in NSW, a new program will allow people to buy books to donate directly to prison libraries. This former prisoner details just what that will do for women inside.

SBS Insight – Presented by Anushri Sood – 3/11/2021

fREADom Inside Project story

The Wire, Produced by Rob Osborne – 2/11/2021

Shattered The Podcast– 12 April 2021

WJN’s CEO speaks about women’s mental health

Women’s Agenda – 24 March 2021

Aboriginal women in NSW less likely to be granted bail by police

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7.30 PROGRAM – December 2020

Women who would prefer to risk jail instead of living in rehab home
WJN’s CEO and women affected spoke with ABC’s 7.30 program about their concerns and experiences with The Healing House rehab program.
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PODCAST – July 2020

WJN’s Youth Project Worker, Kaz speaks with the ABC in her capacity as Chair of the NSW Trans and Gender Diverse Criminal Justice System Advisory Council. July 2020

PODCAST – June 2020

A Former Mentee and now Women’s Justice Network Youth Worker Ally, shares her story via What She Did Next Podcast with Jacqui Ooi. 

4 Corners – February 2019
Criminalising Women

Criminalising Women was produced by Janine Cohen for 4Corners and aired on ABCTV on Monday 25th February 2019 . It profiles two women on our program, Bekki and Fran and highlights the benefits of mentoring programs such as those undertaken by the WJN. A third woman, Donna is also featured who is supported by Sisters Inside in QLD. Dress for Success who assist women with employment opportunities and clothing attire were also featured.

The documentary highlights the important, critical and life changing role mentoring plays in supporting women, standing alongside them as they leave custody. Being non-judgmental and accepting all women for who they are and supporting them to regain their lives is the centre of mentoring.

NEW YORK TIMES – August 2018

For These Australian Prisoners, a 14-Month Wait Without Being Sentenced.

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