International Women's Day 2017

8th March 2017

16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women who Use Drugs, 25th November – 10th December 2016


Today, INPUD celebrates International Women’s Day 2017 and we highlight some of our work with Women who use Drugs around the world, sharing their stories. Women who use drugs are faced with elevated levels of stigma and violence from state and individual perpetrators. In all regions of the world, women who use drugs face unprecedented breaches of their basic human rights, including, among others, the right to health, the right to freedom from violence and discrimination, and the right to bodily integrity. We draw attention to the ways that harmful gender norms and gender inequality play out in the lives of Women who use Drugs.

Each year, from 25 November through 10 December (Human Rights Day), 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls aims to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change. Women who use drugs have not previously been highlighted in this campaign. However, women who use drugs are subject to disproportionate rates of violence. Any advances in violence reduction among other more mainstream groups would be hollow if the most marginalised of women are left behind or excluded altogether.

Download INPUD's document here