On 19-20 June 2018, the Ministry of Interior co-organised the 3rd COPOLAD II Annual Conference ‘Women and drug policy. Progress and challenges in the implementation of the gender approach and the empowerment of women as a cross-cutting matter’. The event was part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The delegates reviewed the progress made in the recognition of the need to incorporate the gender approach across all areas of drug policies. They outlined that the programmes and initiatives undertaken in the last five years are reflecting the progress in this area. However, the specificities of drug-related problems between women and men need further exploration in view of the effectiveness of the responses.
Appreciating the opportunity that the conference gives to consider the problems of women empowerment from different angles, the participants stressed the importance of including the gender perspective in the full range of drug policy areas like prevention, treatment, harm reduction, rehabilitation, social and work insertion, as well as supply control.