22 Apr / Pompidou Group Executive Training
Pompidou Group Executive Training on ‘Incorporating gender dimensions in drug policy practice and service delivery’
The Pompidou Group is the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform. It is an inter-governmental body established in 1971 at the initiative of the then French President Georges Pompidou. It upholds the core values of the Council of Europe. Specifically, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. PG promotes a balanced approach in the response to drug use and illicit trafficking in drugs, supporting both demand and supply reduction.
Every year, they conducted training sessions for managers involved in the development or implementation of drug policies.
This year, 30 participants from 20 countries from different continents attended the First Module 2019. Pompidou Group Executive Training on ‘Incorporating gender dimensions in drug policy practice and service delivery’. It was held on 2-5 April 2019 in Amsterdam.
The majority of participants were representatives of governmental or other institutions and organisations. Namely, responsible for developing and/or implementing drug policies and/or coordinating related programme implementation, service delivery and cooperation with stakeholders. While the others came from various civil society organizations active in the field of drugs, as is the case of Dianova Portugal.
Dianova Portugal was represented by Marta Santos, who is the person responsible by Peoples Management as well gender equality policies and procedures in the organizations. With this participation, Dianova Portugal intends to incorporate the gender perspective in its Addiction Treatment Programs.
The purpose: implementing programmes to address integrate gender perspectives
The purpose of this training is to assist managers responsible for the implementation of drug policies and programmes to effectively integrate gender perspectives. As well as dimensions into all aspects of their work.
> In the first place, planning strategic tools.
> Second, developing normative standards.
> Third, designing and delivering thematic and regional programmes.
> Finally, working through the project cycle.
Many interventions and programmes still weakly address gender concerns or are even gender blind. There is growing evidence that understanding gender dimensions and inequalities can help to improve the effectiveness of policy measures. And furthermore, to bring different perspectives, experiences and solutions to the issues.
Therefore, accumulating evidence indicates that drug abuse may begin and progress differently, have different consequences. And, in particular, require different prevention and treatment approaches for women and men.
To adequately address these aspects the training incorporated gender dimensions in demand and harm reduction, as well as in supply reduction and law enforcement. In this three and a half days many topic were debated. The module gave insights into:
> In detail, controversies around the gender concept and theory.
> Markedly, gender differences in drug related behaviours.
> another key point, gender mainstreaming to improve law enforcement strategies against trafficking and organised crime.
> In addition, dgender aspects in recruitment and training of law-enforcement staff.
> Couple with women in drug related crime.
> In a word, understanding the specific needs of women who use drugs in detention and creating opportunities inside and outside prison.
> And conceptual approaches to gender mainstreaming in dutch drug policies.
Complementary Field Visits
Participants also had the opportunity to know more about the history of drugs in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. They visited the “Amsterdam Underground Tour”, the Judicial Complex Zaanstad and be aware of re-socialisation programme (in men’s prison).
The Second Module of the Executive Training will be hosted by Israel on 24-27 June in Tel Aviv.