This is the first fully internationalized book to focus on women as offenders, victims and justice professionals. It provides background, as well as specialized information that allows readers to comprehend the global forces that shape women and crime; analyze different types of violence against women (in peacetime and in armed conflict); and grasp the challenges faced by women in justice professions such as the police, the judiciary and international peacekeeping. Provocative, highly topical, engaging and written by an expert in the field, this book examines the role of women in crime and criminal justice internationally. Topics covered include: the role of globalization and development in patterns of female offending and victimization, how a human rights framework can help explain women's crime, victimization and the criminal justice response, global women's activism, international perspectives on violence against women, including femicide, violence in conflict and post conflict settings, sex work and sex trafficking, women's access to justice, as well as the increased role of women in international criminal justice settings. This book will be essential reading for those involved in the study of development, human rights, governance, security sector reform, international relations and public health, as debates about these subjects are intrinsically linked to the issues surrounding women, crime and justice. It will also be useful for students taking courses on gender, crime and criminal justice, violence against women, international criminal justice and gender studies. 'This is a challenging, innovative and comprehensive book; it will be essential reading for everyone interested in gender, crime & criminal justice.' - Frances Heidensohn, Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics, UK 'Employing smartly crafted prose and a sophisticated international, interdisciplinary and feminist lens, Barberet brilliantly "stretches criminology" to examine Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice around the globe. This groundbreaking book provides a nuanced analysis of the impact of global socioeconomic forces, gender inequality, international law, and human rights on both violence against women and justice for women, textured by rich examples from diverse international contexts. This book is essential reading for ALL criminologists!' - Nancy A. Wonders, Northern Arizona University, USA 'The transformative power of feminist criminology rests in large part on feminist criminologists' ability to develop a global perspective on offending and victimization, criminal law, and legal processes. In this this book, Rosemary Barberet leads the way, providing a feminist comparative analysis of such topics as violence against women, gender differences in transnational crime, and women's roles in legal institutions including war crimes tribunals and international peacemaking. This book is, in a word, groundbreaking.' - Claire M. Renzetti, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Kentucky, USA 'Immensely readable, this is a daring and refreshing book, challenging us to think well beyond the narrow tramlines of academic Anglo-American criminology, and national horizons. Using an interdisciplinary and feminist gendered perspective, Rosemary Barberet explores global perspectives on women's offending and victimization and as criminal justice professionals. She sees women's involvement as a continuum of acts and meanings, and is not afraid to confront the complexities of complicity in repression or exploitation. Using international and interdisciplinary scholarship and research and non-English language sources, she amply succeeds in her aim of "stretching criminology" and highlighting the necessity and benefits of a global and gendered perspective.' - Margaret Shaw PhD, Crime and Social Policy Consulting, Montreal, Canada.