GENDER AND DRUG POLICY IRISH REPORT APRIL 2020 BY SARAH MORTON, EVA DEVANEY, KAREN O’CONNOR, PAULINE MCKEOWN AND ANITA HARRIS.
This report outlines initial aspects of gender and Irish drug policy and has been submitted as part of the working group processes of the ‘Implementing a gender approach in different drug policy areas’ project. The report has been compiled collaboratively by the authors, who represent and work within different elements of the state and community responses to drug misuse in Ireland. Given the current context of the Covid19 pandemic, consultation with key stakeholders in relation to the content of this report was limited to some extent. The report responds to key questions set by the working group in regard to drug policy in Ireland, including; gender within current drug policy; transgender and/or intersex persons within service delivery; stakeholders at national level; obstacles to the integration of a gender-sensitive approach; and benefits to society and health and well-being of target groups of adapting and implementing a gender-sensitive approach.
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