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Technical Brief: A guide for women who use drugs on engaging with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

January 2023

Produced by the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), with input from Constanza Pauchulo at IWRAW Asia Pacific, this technical brief provides an overview of CEDAW and guidance on the procedures and steps for women who use drugs to effectively engage with its processes. PDF, 24 pages; also available in French.  

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Engaging with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

July 2022

A webinar organised on International Drug Users Remembrance Day (21 July) 2022 by the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) to discuss how CEDAW can be utilised by drug user advocates to address human rights violations in their communities and amplify the specific impacts of drug policy on women and gender-diverse people who […]

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Women who Use Drugs in Kyrgyzstan: Experience of Writing and Working on a CEDAW Shadow Report

June 2022

This resource by Asteria, with support from the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), describes the experience of engaging with Kyrgyzstan’s CEDAW review in 2021. It provides a case study to assist other organisations who are considering engaging with CEDAW or other human rights mechanisms. Thirteen pages, PDF.  

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Drug policy in Asia: the importance of intersectional perspectives

March 2022

The impacts of drug policies are not the same for every person. They can differ according to ethnicity, gender, sexuality, citizenship and socioeconomic status. Throughout Asia, these differing impacts are seen in the higher rates of incarceration for women, the disproportionate number of people of a particular group targeted by law enforcement operations and on […]

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Women, the State, and the Market in the Philippines: Case Studies on Sex Work, the War on Drugs, and the Conflict in Mindanao

December 2020

This session at Global South Women’s Forum 2020 presents three important conversations in the Philippines that engage with broader struggles faced by women globally: sex work; the war on drugs and its debilitating economic consequences on the poor; and the neglect of women’s needs in fiscal programming in conflict-affected areas. Delilah, a Filipina sex worker, […]

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Intersectional Feminism and the ‘War on Drugs’

August 2020

In collaboration with IDPC Asia, IWRAW Asia Pacific hosted a tweet chat on women and drug policy, featuring NGOs and experts with particular focus on South and Southeast Asia. The discussion has been compiled into a Twitter Moment for easy reading.

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Drug Policy and the Fundamental Human Rights of Women who Use Drugs

June 2020

Routine mistreatment and neglect of women who use drugs violates virtually every major human rights treaty; this report makes particular reference to CEDAW. 41 pages, PDF, by University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, IWRAW Asia Pacific, E.V.A., and Eurasian Harm Reduction Association.

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NGO Reporting Guidelines on CEDAW & Rights of Women who Use Drugs


42-page guide in PDF format for NGOs engaging with the CEDAW review process and providing alternative information to the CEDAW Committee on the theme of rights of women who use drugs. With foreword by Judy Chang, executive director of the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD).

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CEDAW and the Protection of Rights of Women who Use Drugs

April 2017

These PowerPoint slides were prepared by IWRAW Asia Pacific for use at the EHRN Regional Conference on Harm Reduction in April 2017. Beginning with an overview of CEDAW, they go on to discuss good practices and cross-movement alliance building relevant to women who use drugs.

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