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

Julia Buxton
Central European University, Austria

Giavana Margo
Open Society Foundations, USA

Lona Burger
Central European University, Austria

Product Details
19 Nov 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
353 pages - 152 x 229mm
The ebook edition of this title is Open Access and freely available to read online. 

The international strategy of criminalising the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and use of certain psychoactive substances has failed to achieve a ‘drug free world’. Examining the impact of drug criminalisation and enforcement on a previously overlooked demographic, this edited collection argues that women are negatively and disproportionately affected by this flawed policy approach. 

Addressing the lack of attention on the experience of women, this collection details the challenges women face in accessing appropriate treatment and services, the stigmatisation and marginalisation resulting from engagement in illegal drug markets, the violence that women are exposed to, and the punitive sentences imposed on women for drug related offences. Bringing together an international group of academics, advocates, activists and those with lived experience, the editors offer a rounded and realistic view from women’s perspectives. In doing so, they facilitate a call for feminist and women’s organisations to embrace drug policy reform, and for international and national level drug control authorities to better engage women as stakeholders.
Chapter 1. International Drug Policy in Context; Julia Buxton and Lona Burger
Chapter 2. Gendering Drug Policy; Fiona Macaulay
Chapter 3. Women and the Politics of Pleasure in Critical Drug Studies; Ingrid Walker
Chapter 4. Fiona’s Story; Fiona Gilbertson
Chapter 5. Nexus of risk: The co-occurring problems of gender-based violence, HIV and drug use among women and adolescent girls; Claudia Stoicescu, Ariel Richer and Louisa Gilbert
Chapter 6. Risk behaviours amongst older women who use drugs; April Shaw
Chapter 7. Women Who Use Drugs and Mental Health; Zsuzsa Kaló
Chapter 8. Access barriers to health services for women who use drugs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia EECA; Daria Matyushina-Ocheret
Chapter 9. Suzanne’s Story; Suzanne Sharkey
Chapter 10. Sex Work, Justice and Decriminalisation | Beyond a Politics of Recognition in Promoting a Social Justice Response to Women at the Margins; Anastacia Ryan
Chapter 11. Women Incarcerated for Drug-Related Offences: A Latin American Perspective; Corina Giacomello and Coletta A. Youngers
Chapter 12. Policing and Sentencing Practices in Russia and Their Impacts on Women Who Use Drugs; Giavana Margo
Chapter 13. Women, drug policy and the Kenyan prison system; Mary C.K. Chepkonga
Chapter 14. Drug Policy and Women Prisoners in Southeast Asia; Chontit Chuenurah and Ukrit Sornprohm
Chapter 15. The Increase in Women who use Drugs in Zimbabwe; Wilson Box
Chapter 16. Women as Actors in the Drug Economy; Julia Buxton
Chapter 17. Women’s Involvement in Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking: A Comparative Analysis of the Sinaloa and the Yamaguchi-gumi Organizations; Cecilia Farfán Méndez
Chapter 18. From the Colombian Coca Fields: Peasant Women Amid the War on Drugs; Isabel Pereira and Lucía Ramírez
Chapter 19. “Las Empoderadas” Women coca growers building territorial peace; Ingrid Marcela Muñoz Quesada
Chapter 20. Unseen and Unheard: The Women in Duterte's War on Drugs; Kristine Mendoza
Chapter 21. Happy’s Story; Happy Assan
Chapter 22. Women Surviving the Overdose Crisis in New York City: A glimpse into the unique overdose risks and prevention strategies for pregnant women; Bethany Medley
Chapter 23. Patterns of recreational drug use and harm reduction strategies among women at music festivals: the case of Hungary and Poland; Iga Kender-Jeziorska
Chapter 24. Queer Feminine Identities and the War on Drugs; Ailish Brennan
Chapter 25. Best practices in reaching ‘hidden’ populations and harm reduction service provision; Fatma Jeneby, Abdalla Badrus, Husein Taib, Aggrey Alluso, Luke Odiemo, and Habil Otanga
Chapter 26. A Mother’s Story; Rose
Chapter 27. Drug Users as Stakeholders in Drug Policy: Questions of Legitimacy and the Silencing of the Happy Drug User; Anna L. Ross
Chapter 28. Improving drug policy metrics and advancements in measuring gender-based drug policy outcomes; Marie Nougier
Chapter 29. Towards an Abolitionist Drug Policy Reform; Imani Robinson
Chapter 30. Women who use Drugs: Resistance and Rebellion; Judy Chang
Julia Buxton is British Academy Global Professor in Criminology, University of Manchester, UK. Her research focuses on drugs, development and security, darknet drug markets and Latin America, with a specialisation on Venezuela. 

Giavana Margo is a Program Specialist with the Open Society Foundations Global Drug Policy Program, which promotes drug policies rooted in human rights, social justice and public health. 

Lona Burger is Public Engagement Officer with Action Canada for Sexual Heath and Rights. She is interested in the intersections of drug policy and civil society interventions.

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