"Despite the specific needs that drug using women have along with the vulnerabilities they experience, many of them still face extremely difficult barriers in accessing harm reduction services. The social stigma and the gender-related factors, coupled with the male-dominated policy and service design directed mainly towards male needs have reduced female’s access to health care and treatment. Poverty, stigma, domestic violence, police harassment, and fear of losing custody of their children are only some of the barriers hindering or preventing females who use drugs from seeking medical and counseling services. And for those who ask for medical care, they are likely to be denied access or receive substandard services from doctors and nurses who are not trained and not prepared to deal with their issues."
- MENAHRA, Gender Equality in Harm Reduction Services
Time: March 8, 2021, 03:00 PM Beirut (01:00 PM London)