WOMEN AND HARM REDUCTION: A FORGOTTEN POPULATION

Harm Reduction International and Women4GlobalFund organised a joint webinar on Thursday, 5 November to discuss harm reduction that works for women and the Global Fund’s response.

Harm reduction services are generally tailored towards men and as a result often fail to address the specific needs of women. For example harm reduction programmes often don’t support women’s personal safety and confidentiality and do not provide sexual reproductive health services and or prevention of vertical transmission services and or child care services. Staff are often not trained to provide specific services for women who use drugs who are also sex workers and often survivors of gender based violence and we also know that intimate partner violence is often intrinsically linked to the causes and effects of drug use for women and of course all of this has determined effects on the mental and physical health and creates barriers to accessing supportive treatment. 

Speakers and Presentations

  • Angela McBride: Executive Director, South African Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD)
  • Zeinab Ahmed: In charge of programming for women at Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA), Kenya
  • Sam Shirley-Beavan: Public Health Consultant, Harm Reduction International
  • Palani Narayanan: Senior Technical Advisor, Community, Rights and Gender, Global Fund.

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Webinar Recording

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Key Documents you dont want to miss!

Photo credit: Angela McBride: Executive Director, South African Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD)