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The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle | Webinar Recording


A new publication, The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle, analyzes the disproportionate impact of failed international drug control policies on women. Approaching these issues through a feminist lens that is often absent in the conventional literature, this new volume addresses the lack of attention to the experiences of women, detailing the challenges women face in accessing appropriate treatment and services, the stigmatization and marginalization resulting from engagement in illegal drug markets, and the punitive sentences imposed on women for drug-related offenses. Co-editors Julia Buxton, Giavana Margo, and Lona Burger have brought together a unique group of authors that includes academics, activists and those with lived experiences.

Join WOLA, IDPC, Dejusticia, and the University of Manchester on Wednesday, March 3, 11 a.m. EST for a virtual presentation of The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle. The panelists will give a brief overview of the broad scope of issues that place women and other groups in situations of vulnerability as a result of this flawed policy approach, and how to engage those most directly impacted as key stakeholders in the push for reform.

Event Details:

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. EST


Julia Buxton

Professor, University of Manchester

Fiona Macaulay

Associate Professor, University of Bradford

Ailish Brennan

Executive Director, Youth RISE 

Imani Robinson

Communications Strategist, Release



Marie Nougier

Head of Research and Communications, IDPC



Coletta Youngers

Senior Fellow, WOLA

Senior Associate, IDPC