Punitive drug laws pose a heavy burden on women and, in turn, on the children for whom women are often the principal caregivers.
Across the globe, women are the fastest growing population in jails and prisons.
Women who use drugs are often subjected to disproportionate levels of gender-based violence, and many criminal networks that dominate drug markets in Latin America use violence against women to assert their control over communities.
There is now an emerging body of research outlining a convincing case for … gender-responsive drug policies that promote the health and rights of women, particularly those who are most marginalized.
The UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs scheduled for April 2016 is an opportunity to draw attention to the urgent need for gender-sensitive drug policy and programs, and to secure commitments from UN member states to do better.
This panel explores the gender dimension of drug policy and law and provides recommendations for how the rights of women should be represented in these drug policy discussions.