Dianova to Co-Host Two Parallel Events at CSW65

The International NGO and its partners will highlight some of the most critical issues facing drug using or incarcerated women

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Dianova’s and partner organizations’ representatives will explore the links between violence and addiction in women as well as the high levels of stigma and discrimination faced by women who use drugs – “No to violence against women”, François Decaillet via Flickr – CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

Press Release

Geneva, March 16 – For the tenth consecutive year, Dianova will participate in the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) with the joint organization of two parallel events during the NGO Virtual Forum to be held from March 14 to 26.

CSW65 Priority theme:

Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Dianova’s Parallel Events

Monday 22 March: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST (New York time) – 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CET (Geneva time)

“Addressing Gender-Based Violence, a Key Element in Gender-Sensitive Addiction Treatment Programs”

Partners: Dianova International, New York NGO Committee on Drugs (NYNGOC), Odyssey House Louisiana, and Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN).

Language: English – See flyer

The event will explore the links between gender violence and substance use disorders and will emphasise the need to address this issue in gender-sensitive treatment programmes.


Wednesday 24 March: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST (New York time) – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CET (Geneva time)

“Overcoming Stigma and Violence against Incarcerated and Drug Using Women”

Partners: Dianova International, International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and Women and Harm Reduction International (WHRIN).

Languages: English, Spanish – See flyer

Women who use drugs, and women incarcerated and formerly incarcerated for drug offences face high levels of stigma, discrimination and violence. This event will discuss their most pressing issues, with accounts of lived experiences from the USA and Mexico

The Virtual NGO Forum, a Unique Networking Opportunity

Participants will have access to more than 700 events organized by global women’s rights and gender equality organizations. The Virtual Forum will enable participants to share information and ideas through a unique opportunity to establish professional contacts.

To participate in the Virtual NGO Forum, all you need to do is create a user’s profile on the Virtual Forum website (free of charge). Please note that the registration process may take up to 72 hours to complete.