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O'Neil, Alessandra Liquori and Lucas, Jonathan, eds. (2015) Promoting a gender responsive approach to addiction. Turin: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute .

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This publication originates from the work carried out within the framework of the project entitled "Drugs and Alcohol Women Network" (DAWN), initiated by UNICRI in 2010 with the support of the Department for Anti-drug Policy of the Government of Italy.

Project DAWN aims to establish a network of professionals who can actively advocate and promote interventions tailored for women to address the risks related to alcohol and drug abuse. The project promotes the development of a gender-sensitive approach among social and health practitioners to better meet the specific needs of female alcohol and drug abusers.

Mainstreaming gender-sensitive approaches within professional and policy practice is an essential and powerful tool, at the grass-root of all development efforts in the post-2015 Millennium Development Agenda1. There can be no effective sustainable development as long as discrimination of sexes/gender exists2. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010 stressed that access to care for women was still very problematic in several regions.

After the Beijing Conference, the ECOSOC in 1997, defined the gender mainstreaming "conceptual approach" as guaranteeing a perspective which valued the diversity between men and women by putting their respective needs, concerns and experiences at the centre of each policy and programme: "Mainstreaming a gender perspective is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels. The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality"

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