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Gendering the agenda: women drug mules in resolution 52/1 of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations

Gendering the agenda: women drug mules in resolution 52/1 of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs at... Purpose – This paper seeks to analyse the content and implications of resolution 52/1 of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nations (UN) titled “Promoting international cooperation in addressing the involvement of women and girls in drug trafficking, especially as couriers”. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on socio‐legal analysis and an extensive search of UN databases, the resolution is contextualised and the findings of the resulting report which examines the scale of women's participation in the global drug trade is summarised. Findings – The article demonstrates that the data produced are unreliable as a measure of women's participation in the international drug trade. Practical implications – It is argued that this resolution is weakened by lack of clarity about how gender ought to be mainstreamed in global drug control. Originality/value – As the first resolution on women and girls' participation in the international drug trade, Resolution 52/1 is a significant step towards raising awareness and systematically accounting for their participation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Drugs and Alcohol Today Emerald Publishing

Gendering the agenda: women drug mules in resolution 52/1 of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations

Drugs and Alcohol Today , Volume 11 (4): 10 – Dec 9, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1745-9265
DOI
10.1108/17459261111194134
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to analyse the content and implications of resolution 52/1 of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nations (UN) titled “Promoting international cooperation in addressing the involvement of women and girls in drug trafficking, especially as couriers”. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on socio‐legal analysis and an extensive search of UN databases, the resolution is contextualised and the findings of the resulting report which examines the scale of women's participation in the global drug trade is summarised. Findings – The article demonstrates that the data produced are unreliable as a measure of women's participation in the international drug trade. Practical implications – It is argued that this resolution is weakened by lack of clarity about how gender ought to be mainstreamed in global drug control. Originality/value – As the first resolution on women and girls' participation in the international drug trade, Resolution 52/1 is a significant step towards raising awareness and systematically accounting for their participation.

Journal

Drugs and Alcohol TodayEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 9, 2011

Keywords: Women; Drug mules; Drugs; Gender mainstreaming; Drug trafficking; International drug policy; United Nations

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