Demand Reduction Past
project was designed to encourage research in OAS
member states on the impact of drug abuse on women
and the family, and to develop an action plan to
address these problems.
CICAD and the
Inter-American Children's Institute began this project in
1995 with two pilot training workshops for women, both of
which dealt with drug abuse and treatment concerns and, in
particular, with the issue of drug and alcohol abuse and its
relationship to domestic violence against women.
In November 1996, CICAD and the Inter-American Institute on Children held a Core Group Consultation Meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, on the impact of drug abuse on women and the family. Professionals from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela identified the following issues for further research:
were formed in a number of member states, which aim to develop
action plans to work at the community level with at-risk
supported national meetings, research initiatives
and projects in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador,
Paraguay, and Uruguay, in order to raise awareness
of the impact of drug abuse on women and the family.
Other follow-up activities have taken place in
Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and
Publications include educational materials and training manuals, a directory of institutions that work on drug abuse and women's issues, and approximately 30 abstracts of research articles written by Latin American and Caribbean professionals.
2001, CICAD provided financial support for the
production and publication of the official
proceedings of the meeting The Southern
Women and Drugs and the Family and Drugs
organized by Fundación Proyecto Cambio of Argentina
and the Ibero-American Network of NGOs working in
Drug-Dependence (RIOD), under the auspices of the
Argentine Secretariat of Programming for the
Prevention of Drug Addiction (SEDRONAR).
Las siguientes son las publicaciones realizadas en el marco del Proyecto Interamericano sobre el Impacto del Abuso de Drogas en la Mujer y la Familia:
CICAD has supported a number of activities under this project as summarized below:
Argentina a National Forum on the Impact of Drug Abuse on
Women and the Family was held in September 1997,
with the participation of Argentine, Paraguayan and
A report of the Forum was published in 1998
by Proyecto Cambio, titled Memoria del 1er.
Congreso Argentino: Impacto del abuso de la droga
sobre la mujer y la familia ( First Argentine
Conference: The Impact of Drugs in Women and
In Bolivia, a National Forum on the Impact of Drug Abuse among Women and the Family was held in March 1997. As a result of this meeting a training program in the detection of drug abuse from a gender perspective was implemented. Workshops on preventive education for women were carried out and an article was published on Domestic Violence and Drug Abuse. In October 1998 the Second National Forum was held during which the Bolivian version of the Regional Manual on Preventive Participatory Education for Women was first presented. In addition, in November 1998 an Encounter for the Preventive Participative Education on Drug Abuse for Bolivian Women was held, with the cooperation of the Inter-American Children's Institute.
a series of workshops were held, in coordination with the
Inter-American Comission of Women, on women, alcohol, and drugs aimed at
adolescents and their parents.
In the Dominican Republic a panel on women, the family and drugs as well as research project on prostitution and alcohol consumption were carried out. With the collaboration of the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) and Casa Abierta, an Encounter on Participative Preventive Education on Drug Abuse Among Dominican Woman took place in September 1999.
a national proposal was submitted to provide treatment services
aimed especially at women and their
In Paraguay a National Forum on the Impact of Drug Abuse on Women’s Health was held out in June 1997, with the participation of Paraguayan, Uruguayan, Venezuelan and Costa Rican professionals in the drug prevention and treatment field, which was followed by a publication titled Abuso de drogas: Impacto en la salud de la mujer y la familia ( Drug abuse: Impact on the Health of Women and the Family). Following the Forum, a research project on women and pregnancy that further explored the relationship between alcohol and violence was carried out by the Institute of Research in Science and Health, Asunción, Paraguay.
PROBLEMS TO BE ADDRESSED
In Latin America and the Caribbean, prevention and treatment programs need to be tailored to women's needs and research needs to be conducted to measure drug use among women and its associated factors.
United Nations Drug Control Program, Women and Drug
Abuse, a United Nations Perspective, December 1, 1994
World Health Organization Programme on Substance Abuse , Women
and Drug Abuse: 1993 Country Assessment Report
World Health Organization Programme on Substance Abuse, Women
and Drug Abuse: 1993 Country Assessment Report