CSW60 Parallel Event: “Women, Drugs and Development”



Dianova is organising a parallel event to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60 – United Nations) in New York, entitled “Women, drugs and development”.


The event hopes to highlight the need to adopt a gender-based approach to policy on the treatment and prevention of drug addiction. This is also a step forward in Dianova’s political advocacy activities.


A variety of different sector actors will take part and will present a range of perspectives relating to women, drugs and development including: patterns of consumption amongst women, access to treatment, the need for further research, women’s involvement in illegal trafficking.

  • Lucía Goberna, Dianova International representative, will give the opening address.
  • Yu Ping Chan, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in New York, will give an update on preparations for UNGASS and will talk about the profile of women drug-users as well as what needs to be taken into consideration in formulating drug policies.
  • Pervin Tuba Durgut from Yesilay, the Turkish Green Crescent Society, will present current trends in drug taking and access to addiction treatment for women in that country.
  • Cynthia Abrams, an expert on health and addiction on the General Board on Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, will focus on the importance of religious communities in providing enabling environments for the treatment of addiction and the importance of acknowledging the stigma that women who abuse substances must face.


The event will be organized jointly with the following NGOs: Kethea, Proyecto Hombre, RUN, San Patrignano and WFAD.