How global drug policy impacts women podcast

Flawed approaches in global drug policy are having negative and disproportionate impacts on women.

In this episode, Julia Buxton explores how and why drug policy is formed and unravels the ways this plays out in the context of women’s lives – from the stigma and shame experienced by women involved in drugs to the challenges they face in accessing appropriate treatment and services and the punitive sentences imposed on them for drug related offences. This highlights what is really important for effective drug policy reform – better engagement with women who have lived experiences as stakeholders.

To understand more about global drug policy and its impacts on women, and to read some of the lived experiences of women that are mentioned in the episode, read The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle, which is available to everyone online as open access. Open access was funded by the Open foundation Society, INPUD and the US-Mexican centre at the University of California San Diego.

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Professor Julia Buxton is a British Academy Global Professor at the university of Manchester, and her research focuses on changing patterns of drug supply, and the impact of decriminalisation on making drug policy, stakeholder inclusion and reducing drug related harm.  You can find Julia on twitter @buxtonjulia.

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  • How and why global drug policy is formed
  • Why we need to consider drug policy from a gender perspective and how it impacts women differently
  • The consequences of stigmatising women involved with drugs
  • How women get involved in the drug cultures, drug trade and drug use
  • The importance of hearing the voices of women with lived experience for creating informed drug policy

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