Project overall goal and objectives: to empower women who use drugs and build capacity of community organizations, human rights defenders and civil society to advocate for the rights of women who use drugs; to intensify technical support for women who use drugs activists in order to increase their capacity in engaging in local, national and international advocacy and human rights monitoring; to support meaningful participation of women activists in advocacy, through involving them into international human rights and drug policy forums (e.g. UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, UN Commission on Status of Women, UN Commission on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice & UNAIDS Program Coordination Board; and the human rights council of the UN), as well in national and local platforms; to stimulate dialogue on human rights violations and inequitable access to justice as a result of harmful drug enforcement practices through building on EHRN's on-going work under the regional WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE campaign to empower women who use drugs to report human rights violations and police violence (through the provision of small grants to street lawyers groups); to harmonize advocacy agenda of women who use drugs in the region and to prepare joint positions and advocacy asks (at the regional women who use drugs meeting).
1. Concluded 1st year of the campaign “Women against Violence” - in total 850 cases of police violence against women who use drugs have been submitted through the specifically designed online platform by the campaign partners from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia; to present the data collected and to discuss cooperation opportunities to stop police violence against women who use drugs, campaign partners organized national round table discussions with law enforcement representatives and other community stakeholders. In total, 103 people participated in the discussions.
2. Regional policy briefing on Law Enforcement and Women Who Use Drugs: improving police relations with women who use drugs for better human rights protection, public health and community safety prepared.
3. Seven ccomplaints concerning police violence against women who use drugs made to the UN Committee on the Status of Women
4. Technical support for 3 groups from Russia and Ukraine to document their work aimed to address violence and social stigma against women who use drugs and to submit case studies to UNAIDS provided; participation in UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) that took place on July 1-3, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
5. Online training module on human rights developed
6. Eight small grant projects in 8 countries implemented.