This submission was prepared by WOLA, EQUIS: Jusitica para las Mujeres (Mexico), IDPC and Dejusticia (Colombia) on behalf of a working group on women, drug policy and incarceration in Latin America, led by the organizations listed above and in collaboration with the OAS Inter-American Commission on Women. The working group seeks to promote gender-sensitive drug policies rooted in public health and human rights and, specifically, end the mass incarceration of women for low-level drug offenses. The working group is composed of 25 individuals from non-governmental organizations, academia and governments. Members are from 9 Latin American countries, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Additional information can be found here:

In accordance with the Human Rights Council’s Resolution 37/42,1 this contribution is intended to provide input into the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the implementation of the UNGASS Outcome Document entitled, Our joint commitment to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem. Our submission focuses on operational paragraphs (OP) within the Outcome Document relevant to promoting gender-sensitive, human rights-based drug policies.