Global Gender Committee (former Gender Working Group)
Women are disproportionately affected by the illicit use, illicit production and trafficking of drugs. In general, women are discovered later into addiction than men and face greater (even double) stigmatisation. Gender sensitive approaches to prevention, care, treatment and recovery services are of importance to meet the needs of women.
There are few organisations on the global level that specifically addresses the situation of women facing addition. It is against this background that The World Federation Against Drugs developed the Global Gender Committee (former Gender Working Group) that specifically addresses the illicit drug use/addiction among women, gender based violence and its correlation with illicit drug use and access to health care, treatment and recovery services for women. Whilst advocating for women’s rights and contributing to the global drug policy debate.
The WFAD Global Gender Committee (WFAD-GGC) adheres to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Istanbul Convention. The WFAD-GGC will actively advocate for the mainstreaming and implementation of these conventions.
Advocacy – Participation in Global Platforms to highlight the rights of women in treatment and advocate for the removal of barriers to treatment, stigmatisation and ensure the inclusion of basic rights of women are included in Policy reform at the highest levels in each country.
Background and Prevention – Initiating activities that promotes early intervention and prevention of substance abuse among women.
Treatment and Recovery – Increasing activities around the treatment, recovery and reintegration of women in addiction and those in recovery into the society.
Gender-based violence – Creating the platform for empowering women in abusive relationship and victims of assaults who are prone to illicit use of drugs and substances
Economic and emotional empowerment – Promoting and sponsoring initiatives that bridge the income inequality gap.
Understanding Gender-Differences in Substance use to Develop Appropriate Prevention Interventions
Gender-sensitive research on treatment has started to develop, yet prevention seems to lack gender- and regional specific research and evaluation. The gender differences within substance use showcase the urgent need for further research in and development of gender-sensitive prevention programmes. This paper aims to create a global understanding of the different needs for, incentives for, and effects on girls and women who use substances. It highlights that prevention is an essential part of the continuum of care framework while promoting health and wellbeing.
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Position Paper: Gender-Specific Treatment & Recovery
The position paper is an exhaustive document elaborating on women and addiction, the stigma they face, the risks, the concept of recovery, crosscutting issues, and ways forward to allow women with substance use disorders to receive the necessary services while reducing barriers to their treatment and recovery.
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Way Forward: Developing Gender-Sensitive Addiction Treatment Programmes to Eradicate Barriers for Women
Together with Dianova International, the Global Gender Committee launched a guide with 6 action points that will be helpful in the way forward in developing gender-sensitive addiction treatment programmes to eradicate barriers for women.
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