Women’s and feminist movements and organizations turned out to be very resistant to include the issues of women who use drugs in their agenda. Due to the de facto criminalization of people who use drugs, they are perceived as criminals and failed women who chose this path and deserve the consequences.
- To address this issue in May 2018, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) in collaboration with EHRA organized the meeting in Berlin for feminist and women who use drugs activists. Participants discussed intersectional feminism, the inclusion of women who use drugs in the global feminist movement, and the gendered consequences of repressive drug policies.
- The core team of #Narcofeminism movement was created. The group composed of women from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Estonia and Lithuania;
- A webinar about feminism was organized and now EHRA with activists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Estonia are conducting a survey on gendered consequences of repressive drug policies. The results of this research will be presented at the second joint convening in February 2019.
During 4th European Harm Reduction conference, EHRA organized parallel session “Gendered consequences of repressive drug policies”. Partners from Estonia, Spain and AWID provided space for women who use drugs and specialists working with this group to share and discuss gender specific consequences of repressive drug policies and the availability and quality of existing services inclusion of the community in the global women’s movement.