2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu

Organisations: Women’s Coalition Against Cancer – WOCACA

The three regional actions will cover awareness and advocacy, media publicity and interaction. These actions will be conducted by four organizations namely Women’s Coalition Against Cancer (WOCACA), United Religious Initiative (URI), Drug Policy and Harm Reduction Platform and Ladder for rural development in Lilongwe, Youth Watch Society in Mzuzu and Center for Human Rights Education, Advice and Advocacy (CHREAA) in Blantyre. WOCACA will take coordinate in Lilongwe in liaison with Drug Policy and Harm Reduction Platform, YWOSO in Mzuzu and CHREAA in Blantyre. In all these actions PWUDs will take lead though covered by the four organization for safety and security reasons. The main purpose is to advocate and share information on the harms of the current drug laws in order to initiate drug policy reforms and harm reduction initiatives in Malawi.

2017

Day of Action 2017

In Lilongwe, WOCACA held an event in the main square to draw attention to the harms caused by discriminatory drug laws. WOCACA also started the process to set up a drug policy and harm reduction platform, including PWUD and associated networks, to champion issues of drug policy reforms and harm reduction efforts.

Media Coverage:

Nations Newspaper, 28th June 2017: NGOs against discriminatory anti-drug abuse laws

The Marabi Post, 29 June 2017: Malawi’s faith and women’s organizations against discriminatory laws on drug abusers; don’t punish but support

The Nations, 26 June 2017: NGOs against discriminatory anti-drug abuse laws

Malawi Star, 27 June 2017: WOCACA Calls for Drug Policy Reforms

2016

Day of Action 2016

In Mzuzu, a football and netball match was planned, involving the Ministry of Health, media, law enforcement, people in rehabilitation, councillors, MPs and CSOs to help continue dialogue on drug policy, followed by press conference.

2015

Day of Action 2015

In Mzuzu, Youth Watch Society organised an event to create awareness about drugs with opinion leaders, judges, police, prison staff, media and CSOs to kick start a national dialogue on drug policy.