International Women’s Day

Improving women’s access to services and promoting their active participation in all spheres of society is essential

International Women's Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day is not about giving them gifts, flowers or extra attention. To fall once again into the trap of yet another day of over-consumption would be to betray the very spirit of this day of struggle for women’s rights and empowerment  – image: Shutterstock

Editorial, by the Dianova team – International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8 March, is an emblematic date that reminds us of the importance of promoting gender equality in all spheres of society. In line with this premise, Dianova’s “A Gateway within All Women’s Reach” campaign highlighted the need to ensure that all women with problematic drug use, regardless of their circumstances, have access to the services they need to improve their quality of life.

It is important to stress that access to addiction programmes is fundamental to empowering women. Unfortunately, most of the women struggling with substance use and other addictions face additional barriers to accessing the specific support services they need to recover and change their lives.

In this regard, International Women’s Day invites us to reflect on the importance of addressing gender inequalities in access to health and social services. It is essential that concrete steps are taken to remove these barriers and ensure that all women can access the resources they need to overcome the challenges they face, whether related to addiction, mental health, gender-based violence, and other problems.

In a nutshell, the International Women’s Day provides us with an opportunity to consider the challenges faced by women across the world, especially women with addictions who face double and triple stigma, and to commit ourselves to working as a community to build a future in which all women and girls have equal access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive, as a matter of human rights and social justice.

In conclusion, we must emphasise that improving women’s opportunities goes beyond addiction prevention and treatment. Women should not only have access to the health services they need, but also to scientific and technical education, to highly skilled jobs, to political participation and to any commitment or career that will allow them to reach their full potential and engage in building a more prosperous and equitable society.