Event: Shifting the needle: The impact of global drug policy on women
The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle (2020)is the most comprehensive repository of data, research and lived experiences on the diverse ways in which global drug policies impact on women. Addressing the lack of attention to the experience of women, the book details the challenges they face worldwide in accessing appropriate treatment and harm reduction services, the stigmatisation and marginalisation resulting from engagement in illegal drug markets, exposure to violence, and the disproportionate impact of punitive drug laws on women and their families.
At the 64th session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Penal Reform International, together with the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), Dejusticia, Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ), and Washington Office on Lation America (WOLA), held the Vienna launch of the book. Opening remarks were given by Elizabeth Broderick, Chair, UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls, and several authors of the book shared their experiences and research, and discussed options for addressing and redressing the harms faced by women in global drug policies.