On 26th June, for the 2019 SDP Global Day of Action, interested organisations and groups worldwide are encouraged to collaborate and organise an action in your city to highlight the need to end violence against women who use drugs and improve drug policies for women from a health and harm reduction perspective.
To join this campaign, please print out the attached posters, which feature the slogan – “Women fighting back against the war on drug users – support and solidarity” while wearing something orange (to pick up on the international theme colour for eliminating violence against women).
There posters are designed so that you can use them directly or add your logo and/or nationally relevant hash tags. Alternatively you can produce your own poster using the same slogan.
On the 26th or by June 27, please email your photos back to [email protected] .
You are encouraged to invite media to hear and receive statements from your organisation/s. Also attached is an optional press release that can be used or adapted to context in your city.
Building from a growing consensus among women who use drugs globally, today June 26, “Support Don’t Punish’ day is also being used to highlight the particular demands of women who use drugs as follows:
- Immediately abolish capital punishment, extrajudicial killings, compulsory treatment, drug user registration systems, and punishment for use of drugs in pregnancy while prioritising decriminalisation
- Allocate resources and long term funding to services and networks that are led by and meaningfully involve women who use drugs and that are based around care, compassion and individual autonomy
Create gender responsive comprehensive services and policy environments that are non-judgemental, nondiscriminatory, safe, relevant and supportive for women who use drugs in all their diversity
- Uphold the right to autonomy over the bodies of women who use drugs including choices around substance use
- Implement mechanisms for prevention of and support for women who use drugs who are subject to violence
- The use of drugs must never justify the invasion or disruption of women’s privacy, family or domestic life
- End the distortion of facts that surround drug use and pregnancy and coercive campaigns of abortion and sterilisation
- Gender mainstream on research and data. Women who use drugs are the experts on their lives and must be a key part of research, planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of any policy or derived action that affects them.
The Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN) is providing a small number of grants (up to USD 500) to support additional activities attached to thie SDP campaign. The nature of these activities would be limited only by the creativity of the organisations or groups involved.
Please send a short outline (maximum 300 words) along with a simple budget outline in USD byWednesday June 5 to [email protected]. Selections will be based on apparent potential impact, geographic range, leading involvement of women who use drugs and the absence of other campaign funds.