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CAHMA will be hosting the event starting at 2pm. A BBQ lunch will be provided before we open the art exhibition when the winner will be announced prize $100. All artwork has been produced by CAHMA service users and supporters. People can purchase the art by entering a silent bidding process. For more information about the bidding process please contact natasha.nikolic.nat@gmail.com.

“Support Don’t Punish” is a global grassroots-centred initiative in support of harm reduction and drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights. The campaign seeks to put harm reduction on the political agenda by strengthening the mobilisation capacity of affected communities and their allies, opening dialogue with policy makers, and raising awareness among the media and the public.

Building from a growing consensus among women who use drugs globally, today June 26, “Support Don’t Punish” day is also being used to highlight the demands of women who use drugs. 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.

 

We call for urgent attention to the following demands:

 

* Immediately abolish capital punishment, extrajudicial killings, compulsory treatment, drug user registration systems, and punishment for use of drugs in pregnancy while prioritising decriminalisation

* Allocate resources and long term funding to services and networks that are led by and meaningfully involve women who use drugs and that are based around care, compassion and individual autonomy

* Create gender responsive comprehensive services and policy environments that are non-judgemental, non-discriminatory, safe, relevant and supportive for women who use drugs in all their diversity

* Uphold the right to autonomy over the bodies of women who use drugs including choices around substance use

* Implement mechanisms for prevention of violence and support for women who use drugs who are subject to violence

* The use of drugs must never justify the invasion or disruption of women’s privacy, family or domestic life

* * End the distortion of facts that surround drug use and pregnancy and coercive campaigns of abortion and sterilisation

* Gender mainstream on research and data. Women who use drugs are the experts on their lives and must be a key part of research, planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of any policy or derived action that affects them.

Women and Harm Reduction International Network (WHRIN) is a global platform to expand harm reduction approaches for women and to develop an enabling environment for the implementation and expansion of harm reduction resources for women.

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Support. Don’t Punish is a global grassroots-centred initiative in support of harm reduction and drug policies that prioritise public health and human rights. The campaign seeks to put harm reduction on the political agenda by strengthening the mobilisation capacity of affected communities and their allies, opening dialogue with policy makers, and raising awareness among the media and the public.

The campaign’s yearly high point is the Global Day of Action, which takes place on, or around, 26th June (the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking). Historically, this date has been used by governments to showcase their drug control “achievements” in coercive terms. The campaign’s Global Day of Action seeks to reclaim and shift that day’s narrative. And so, every year, an increasing number of activists in dozens of cities all over the world join this unique and multifaceted show of force for reform and harm reduction.

The Support. Don’t Punish campaign aligns with the following key messages:

* The drug control system is broken and in need of reform

* People who use drugs should no longer be criminalised

* People involved in the drug trade at low levels, especially those involved for reasons of subsistence or coercion, should not face harsh or disproportionate punishments

* The death penalty should never be imposed for drug offences

* Drug policy should focus on health, well-being and harm reduction

* Drug policy budgets need rebalancing to ensure health and harm reduction-based responses are adequately financed.

More on http://supportdontpunish.org/about/campaign/