WJN Advisory Panel

In May 2019 Ally, Chloe, Frances, Vicki, Jess and Kaz became the founding members of the WJN Advisory Panel. These passionate and inspirational women with lived experience want to change the way women in prison are viewed by society. The panel will soon be releasing a very special book which will be provided to every woman in custody to tell them that they are not forgotten, and that people care. We look forward to providing updates on their work and project achievements.


The WJN Advisory Panel (WJN-AP) is underpinned by the Lived Experience Framework for NSW 2018 (Mental health commission, NSW). WJN-LE framework utilises a holistic trauma-informed, person-centred, strengths-based approach.

Three focus areas are:

● service action – shifting the way things are done

● leadership action – demonstrating and teaching 

● systems-level action – advocacy, education and employment opportunities


The WJN-AP will advise and make recommendations to the WJN Board of Directors regarding the policies, practices, services and emerging needs of women and girls affected by the criminal justice system or at risk of the criminal justice system .


The WJN-AP works to improve services to women and girls by:

● Providing a forum to facilitate information sharing and resolutions of the effects of the criminal justice systems 

● Discussing and planning strategic direction for evidence-based practice

● Utilising the collective expertise, skills and experience in planning events, including advocacy and campaigns 

● Providing recommendations to the WJN board on the best practices in service delivery 

● Promote Women and girls affected by and at risk of the criminal justice system in a positive and resourceful manner 

The future of prisons beyond the pandemic

Women’s experiences in the criminal justice system

By Zahra Stardust, August 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has spun the justice sector into disarray, demanding that we find new ways to organise society. As women in prison mobilise to support one another through the pandemic, their stories demonstrate that prisons never worked, but that there are viable alternatives. Despite its loss of funding and program restrictions, the Women’s Justice Network shows why we need action now more than ever.

Click here to read report

Women’s Justice Network would like to thank Zahra Stardust, one of our mentors, for writing the following candid article. It captures the impact of COVID-19 and challenges our thinking of the future of prisons.

Advisory Panel Christmas Appeal
This Christmas, let a woman know she’s not forgotten


Watch the video to hear members of the Advisory panel talk about The Slottie project, the impact it will have on the lives currently incarcerated in a NSW prison and how you can help.


The Advisory Panel have been working on producing an uplifting, positive and informative journal to be given to every woman in prison in NSW. The idea behind the journal is to remind women in prison that they have not been forgotten, not to lose hope and to reach out for support. 

The journal entitled The Slottie has been developed using the experience of women who have walked their path. The word ‘slottie’ is an endearing term to describe a cell mate.

We now need your help to get The Slottie printed and delivered to every woman in prison before Christmas.

2,500 copies need to be printed.

This will allow every woman in prison in NSW before Xmas and every woman entering prison in 2021 to receive The Slottie.

This Christmas, let a woman know she’s not forgotten

Donate as little as $5.50 to fund the printing of one Slottie to be delivered to a woman in prison.

If we exceed our target, all monies raised will be directed to support the work of the Advisory Panel.

Please donate today.