Although most EU states address drug-using women, health and social care approaches for marginalised groups as pregnant women, mothers and sex workers are still inadequate. Young people from disadvantaged ethnic minorities face special risks to aggravating drug-related problems due to social matters like lack of health insurance and stigmatization.
WEDworks consists of intensive participatory work with women and ethnic minorities under the common roof of drug-help services and the intersections to HIV/STI/HEP and sexual health. It connects civil society organisations from Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania and the Slovak Republic. Organisations with solid expertise in drug-help and HIV-service provision tailored to the needs of diverse vulnerable groups.
The project aims to advance the practical implementation of gender aspects in various facets of drug research and response through:
Enhancement of the gender and equity focus in the overlaps between prevention, treatment and care for female drug users, incl. pregnant women, mothers, and sex workers.
Participatory primary drug prevention for vulnerable young people from ethnic minority communities.
Commenced in January 2013 and co-ordinated by SPI Forschung in Berlin, this two-year action builds on the multiple results of the former network project BORDERNETwork (2010-2012). WEDworks is financially supported by the EU in the framework of the Drug Prevention and Information Programme.
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Tsvetina Arsova - Netzelmann
Project technical coordinator WEDworks