The analysis of the situation of incarcerated women for drug-related crimes from a gender-based and human rights approach is part of the work carried out by various organisations including the Inter-American Commission of Women, WOLA, IDPC, DeJusticia and ACEID.
These stories paint a picture of vulnerability, desperation, and incarceration in the Americas. Although these particular narratives take place in Costa Rica, such stories are disturbingly common across the region.
In order to feed into the report being prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the UNGASS, NGOs from all over the world have submitted their contributions on how drug control affects human rights.
This meeting of Ministers aims to reaffirm the commitments made by the States' parties to the Declaration of Antigua Guatemala ‘For a Comprehensive Policy against the World Drug Problem in the Americas.’
The discussion will include representatives from governmental and international bodies, academia and civil society in a multi-disciplinary dialogue on the nature and extent of women’s participation in the cultivation, production, distribution and utilization of drugs in the Americas.
This comparative study of criminal legislation explores the issue of disproportionate penalties for drugs offences across time and between seven Latin American countries (Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia, and Argentina).