WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Shifting the Needle: The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women (CND64)

8:10 a.m. Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) cordially invites you to our side event of the 64th U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs: 

The Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women: Shifting the Needle (2020) is the most comprehensive repository of data, research and lived experiences on the diverse ways in which global drug policies impact on women. 

Addressing the lack of attention to the experience of women, the book details the challenges they face worldwide in accessing appropriate treatment and harm reduction services, the stigmatization and marginalization resulting from engagement in illegal drug markets, exposure to violence, and the disproportionate impact of punitive drug laws on women and their families. 

This Vienna launch is an opportunity for several authors of the book to share their experiences and research, and discuss options for addressing and redressing the harms faced by women in global drug policies. 

Introductory remarks: Elizabeth Broderick, Chair, UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls


  • Isabel Pereira-Arana, Research Coordinator – Drug Policy, Dejusticia (Colombia) 
  • Dasha Matyushina-Ocheret, Consultant, UNAIDS 
  • Chontit Chuenurah, Chief of the Program on the Implementation of the Bangkok Rules and Treatment of Offenders, Thailand Institute of Justice 
  • Monica, Metzineres (Spain) 

Moderator: Triona Lenihan, Policy and International Advocacy Manager, Penal Reform International 


Watch the event recording in English and Spanish.