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WHRIN: SDP Global Day of Action 2023 with a focus on women and nonbinary people who use drugs
This report summarises some of the activities that were reported from Kenya, Ukraine, Namibia, Eurasia, Nigeria, Portugal, Indonesia, Catalonia, Mauritius, Georgia, and Myanmar.
The ‘war on drugs’ is a war on people – Reflections from Greece on the 2023 Global Day of Action
This day is officially named "against drugs", but those of us who are active in peer-led harm reduction call it "Global Day of Action".
Support. Don’t Punish 2023: Cultivating ecosystems of change for a future beyond the ‘war on drugs’
We want a mass movement of people mobilising through diverse strategies and tactics, in a spirit of transnational solidarity, to reclaim power for our communities and bring the 'war on drugs' to its belated end.
Growing people power: The Support. Don’t Punish 2022 Global Day of Action – Summary report
In addition to popular mobilisations for the human rights of people who use drugs and other populations affected by punitive drug policies, a growing number of campaigners adopted an intersectional approach to campaigning, bringing into sharp focus issues related to gender and economic injustice.
Charming conversations on drug use and sexuality
Our activity for the campaign offered insights into conversations about sexuality and drug use, departing from mainstream understandings that prioritise abstinence and prohibition to, instead, embrace the importance of pleasure, care and consent.
Advancing the end of the ‘war on drugs’ —Support. Don’t Punish, ten years on
The question of ‘when change is going to finally happen’ will continue to be a difficult one. But we can confidently say that thanks to our shared and steadfast commitment, it is much closer than it was 10 years ago.
WHRIN: SDP Global Day of Action 2022 with a focus on women and nonbinary people who use drugs
On 26th June, for Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action 2022, WHRIN encourages action from interested groups to improve drug policies and services for women and nonbinary people who use drugs.
Support. Don’t Punish 2022 – Q&A session
Ahead of the deadline for two separate calls for projects (29 April), the campaign organises a Q&A Session to explain the campaign's way of working, discuss expectations for the 10th Anniversary of the Global Day of Action, provide guidance on applying to these funding facilities and, in particular, create space to address doubts and questions.
Decriminalisation: Building a future without punishment for people who use drugs
Produced by IDPC and ARASA under the Support. Don't Punish banner, this briefing provides an overview of the key questions that drug decriminalisation advocates should consider to demand reform.
Building communities of care: The Support. Don’t Punish 2021 Global Day of Action – Summary report
Against a backdrop of towering challenges, campaigners mobilised, relying on a bottom-up approach to organising, to invite potential and aspiring allies and accomplices in collectively creating a world where drug policy promotes care and compassion, not discrimination and stigma.
2021 Global Day of Action: Dismantling the ‘war on drugs’, building sustainable and caring alternatives
Despite the challenges associated with organising under a catastrophic global pandemic, campaigners rose up to the challenge from over 260 cities of 96 countries, a record reach! This determination speaks volumes of our commitment to policies, services and practices that place an accent not on criminalisation, but on care, respect and harm reduction.
In Solidarity with Myanmar: Calling for support for people affected by punitive drug policies
The COVID-19 pandemic and the political crisis in Myanmar have only compounded the dire challenges faced by people who use drugs in the country.
News from the drug war front: Writing competition for women who use drugs in Australia
For the 2020 Global Day of Action, the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) lent their microphone and platform for women who use drugs to share their stories.
Community organising in solidarity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
The importance of community organising and advocacy as a means to safeguard the health and wellbeing of people targeted by state violence and neglect is brought into sharp relief by the experience of the South African Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD) with the Support. Don’t Punish campaign.
Connecting struggles: Notes from the ‘This is not a webinar’ workshop series
Between October and December 2020, #SupportDontPunish campaigners put on their thinking caps and strengthened the foundations of sustainable alternatives to the 'war on drugs'. Below, we summarise the thought-provoking #NotAWebinar workshop series.
New campaign art to illustrate our movement!
Taking cues from the campaign’s local partners, in December 2020 we collaborated with five artists from the harm reduction community to produce beautiful campaign designs ready to share.
Repression is not the solution: The Cameroonian Association for Harm Reduction Related to Drug Use among Young People (ACRDR) is building alternatives
By combining emergency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic with opportunities for advocacy, ACRDR bridged local needs with national policy discussions.
SisterWUD: Women who use drugs building local support
The Global Day of Action creates space to do something positive for the community, as the whole world is listening. And we seize the moment to say: 'We are not victims, we are revolution!'
Supercharging reform – The Support. Don’t Punish Initiatives Programme 2019-2020
The 2019-2020 Support. Don't Punish Initiatives Programme awarded grants to six projects from innovative, collaborative and strategic projects from Argentina, Germany, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Africa and Ukraine.
Ljubljana authorities destroy community hub housing Support. Don’t Punish campaigners’ HQ
The destruction of ROG is a disaster for the countless people that found support, including harm reduction, and a sense of community at the site.
Solidarity that cannot be confined – Support. Don’t Punish 2020 Global Day of Action – Summary report
Every year, an increasing number of campaigners in hundreds of cities worldwide join the Global Day of Action, a unique, diverse show of force for drug policy reform with harm reduction at the centre.
2020 #SupportDontPunish Global Day of Action with a focus on women – Report by WHRIN
With growing scale and urgency, peer led and other harm reduction groups around the world have again put the spotlight on human rights and service gaps impacting women who use drugs.
‘This is not a webinar’ workshop series – Call for applications
The ‘This is not a webinar’ workshop series seeks to create space for sharing knowledge, experiences and learning with fellow campaigners.
Survey: 2020 workshops
What would you like us to focus on during the webinar series planned for 2020?
Young people in #PsychoactiveResistance
Under the constraints imposed by the pandemic situation, young people have developed creative ways to organise against punitive drug policies.
2020 Global Day of Action: Solidarity that can’t be confined
Amidst incredibly challenging circumstances, Support. Don't Punish campaigners have made it clear our shared commitment to build more caring communities is not going anywhere.
The struggle continues, online!
Many Support. Don't Punish campaign local partners have organised online events in response to the pandemic and the need to organise remotely. A great opportunity to connect and organise across distances.
Webinar: Countdown to the 2020 Global Day of Action – #SupportDontPunish
Last Thursday, 21 May, the Support. Don't Punish campaign held a pep rally / brainstorming / Q&A session in view of the 2020 Global Day of Action.
Support. Don’t Punish assists with emergency relief to street-based people in opioid withdrawal in South Africa
Insights into how financial assistance through the Support. Don't Punish Initiative Programme contributes to the work of SANPUD in supporting street-based people currently experiencing withdrawal from opioids amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
The war on drugs’ new clothes: 2019 Paris Peace Forum showcases failures of repressive drug policies
As we continue to digest an intense 48 hours of stimulating exchanges and learning, we share a few highlights on how the Paris Peace Forum has been incredibly enriching for Support. Don’t Punish and potentially a watershed moment in the way governance discussions address drug policy reform.
Ending the “war on drugs”: Support. Don’t Punish’s #SolutionforPeace at the Paris Peace Forum
Support. Don't Punish mobilises affected communities and allies for drug policies based on health, human rights and development. The Paris Peace Forum offers an ideal platform to share our collective message.
Women fighting back against the war on drug users – Support and solidarity
Organisations and groups worldwide are collaborating to highlight the need to end violence against women who use drugs and improve drug policies for women from a health and harm reduction perspective.
Support. Don’t Punish – Global solidarity grows to end the drug war
On 26th June, we stand together from Amsterdam to Nairobi to Buenos Aires to New York to Bangkok and raise our collective voices that will not be silenced to loudly clamour for an end to repression and punishment as instruments of drug control.
Support. Don’t Punish: Human rights, people who use drugs and the end of the HIV epidemic
In the run-up to the Global Fund Replenishment Conference in Lyon this year, civil society organisations committed to fairer drug policies must speak up to ensure the specific vulnerabilities of people who use drugs are addressed with much-needed resources.
The story of a missing photo: Civil society participation and mistreatment at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs
When it comes to drug policy, civil society engagement at the UN has improved dramatically over the past 20 years. But, as campaigners learnt at the latest session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, important challenges remain.
Support. Don’t Punish campaign strategy development workshop – Asia
This participatory workshop will offer a space for experienced campaigners in Asia to reflect on advocacy achievements, identify and prioritise pending challenges, and devise context-specific strategies for expanding the impact and reach of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign.
Preserving substitution maintenance therapy in Kazakhstan: the history of advocacy
In most cases, doctors refuse to include new people to the program, even taking into account the referrals from medical commissions to methadone treatment.
Support. Don’t Punish @ AIDS2018
We have partnered with the #10by20 campaign to make sure harm reduction messages stay front and central when it comes to the HIV response!
And the winner of the 2017 Street Art Challenge is…!
The Street Art Challenge was launched as part of this year's celebrations to reward the ingenuity and creative flair of campaign supporters worldwide.
Thousands unite to demand an end to the war on drugs
As a wave of reactionary, oppressive, thinking seems to sweep our nations, the strength of this fifth Global Day of Action showed there's a vibrant, global, movement that will not be coerced.
5 years on: Support don’t Punish in Mauritius
We haven't given up and we won't give up!
Support. Don’t Punish walking with the stars in Ghana
Support. Don’t Punish in Ghana has been a policy window of opportunity for civil society to strengthen their relationship with government and to get actively involved in the current drug policy reforms currently on-going in the country.
In Colombia and Myanmar, subsistence farmers say ‘Support. Don’t Punish’
Despite differing local realities, both events had one common message – it is high time to stop criminalising subsistence farmers.
Civil society activism & drug policy reform fuelled by the Support. Don’t Punish campaign in Thailand
Sustained civil society advocacy through the Support. Don’t Punish. campaign has contributed to maintaining dialogue on harm reduction and drug policy reform with policymakers.
France takes over the Support. Don’t Punish campaign!
So far, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign has had a very positive effect in consolidating collaborative work between French civil society organisations, and in opening a dialogue with the general public.
Support. Don’t Punish at SSDP Nigeria’s event in Abeokuta
SSDP also started a campus group following its presentation and dialogue.