The use of punishments such as incarceration for those involved in the illicit drug trade has long been relied upon a deterrent. However, it has resulted in the imposition of disproportionate sentencing (including the use of the death penalty) and overcrowded prisons, with high risks to health, social cohesion and human rights. Some countries and jurisdictions are now moving towards decriminalisation, alternatives to prison and the regulation of some markets.
Over the course of June 2021, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) organises five weeks of activities to highlight the importance and the potential of ending the criminalisation associated with the 'war on drugs' for the health and well-being of our communities.
This side event will discuss the various issues associated with the mass incarceration of women for drug offences, and propose a series of recommendations for reform, from a gender and feminist perspective.