Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Targeted Interventions for Drug Addicted Women

Vienna, 15 March 2012. On the occasion of the Fifty-fifth Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna, 12-16 March 2012), the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the Department for Drug Policy of the Italian Government have organized the side event Project DAWN - Drugs, Alcohol and Women Network. Targeted interventions to better meet the specific needs of drug addicted women. The side event will take place on 15 March 2012, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Conference Room M2 of the Vienna International Centre.

To address the issue of gender differences in drug addiction and to support vulnerable women affected by drug abuse UNICRI initiated the project DAWN. The project established a network of professionals who can actively advocate and promote interventions tailored for women to address the risks related to alcohol and drug use. The project promotes the development of a gender-sensitive approach among social and health practitioners to better meet the specific needs of female drug abusers. In collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and other United Nations bodies, the project will establish guidelines and best practices to promote a gender-oriented approach among professionals who work in the prevention and the treatment and rehabilitation of substance abusers. The project also includes interventions such as professional training and women's helplines.

During the side event panelists will present the Project objectives and preliminary results, and will provide the audience with concrete examples of gender oriented policies in the area of drug abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Gender oriented policies adopted at regional and national levels will be presented. The panel will be moderated by Ms. Elisabetta Simeoni, Director of the Scientific Area, Department for Drug Policy, Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Alessandra Liquori O'Neil, UNICRI Project Officer.

For further information please contact
Marina Mazzini Tel: +39 011 6537141

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