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Gender & Health and Livelihood

         of Thematic Brief on Health and Livelihood

The issue of gender in UNODC’s health and livelihoods programmes has risen more frequently than in other programmes. Targeted research shows marked differences between women and men in almost as all aspects of the drug phenomenon, as well as in a number of high-level political declarations by the General Assembly calling for the incorporation of a gender dimension in the design and implementation of all alternative development programmes, treatment and rehabilitation, and demand reduction policies. 

This brief aims to highlight the more inconspicuous gender dimensions under this mandated area, and helps to underline that there are no gender-neutral interventions when the ultimate goal is to improve the lives of all people, women and men, girls and boys, as well as individuals of diverse bodily characteristics, diverse sexual orientation and or/diverse or plural gender identities.  

The thematic brief on mainstreaming gender in health and livelihood projects/programmes provides a step by step guidance on how to practically mainstream gender throughout programme documents. 

Access the Thematic Brief on Mainstreaming Gender in Health and Livelihood Projects/Programmes  here. [English] [Spanish]


These resources provide practical guidance and are designed to support national governments, other UN entities or individuals working in civil society organizations. This will be updated regularly.

Gender-based Violence
  • Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) response - UNODC Thematic Brief on gender-based violence against women and girls [English]
  • Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence [ArabicEnglishFrenchRussianSpanish]
  • Gender-Related killing of Women and Girls Brochure [ArabicChineseEnglishFrench
  • Global Study on Homicide: Gender-related killing of women and girls [English]
  • Measuring violence against women and other gender issues through ICCS lenses [English]
  • Cocaine Insights: Women in the supply chain [English] NEW
  • UNODC's new Listen First series, 'Super Skills', supports skill development as a foundation for drug use prevention in children and early adolescents [EnglishFrench, Spanish]
  • Guidelines on drug prevention and treatment for girls and women [English]
  • WHO Guidelines for identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy [English]
  • International Standards for the treatment of drug use disorders [English, Bahasa, Spanish, Ukranian]
  • International Standards on Drug Use Prevention - UNODC/WHO Second Update Edition [English, Bahasa, Italian]
  • Were you really raped, or did you just not get paid? A Needs Assessment of Women who use Drugs in Four Cities in South Africa [English]
  • World Drug Report 2018 Booklet 5 [English]
  • World Drug Report 2017 [English]
  • Afghanistan Opium Survey 2015: Socio-economic analysis, includes a chapter on women's perspective on opium cultivation (see chapter 5)[English]
  • Treatment and Care for People with Drug Use Disorders in the Criminal Justice System - Alternatives to Conviction or Punishment [Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish]
  • Mainstreaming Gender in Health and Livelihoods Projects/Programmes : Briefing Note for UNODC Staff [English]
  • A practical guide "Addressing the specific needs of women who inject drugs: Practical guide for service providers on gender-responsive HIV services" [English]
  • A technical brief "Women who inject drugs and HIV: Addressing specific needs" [English]
  • Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV in Prisons: Technical Guide [English
  • Women, Drugs, and HIV - Part of Special Issue: UNODC  presents Science addressing Drugs and HIV: State of the Art of Harm Reduction [English]
  • Women and HIV in prison settings [English]
  • HIV prevention, treatment and care in prisons and other closed settings: a comprehensive package of interventions, includes the availability of gender-responsive interventions as one of their key recommendations [Chapter three]
E-Learning & Online-Training
  • Implementation guide [ EnglishFrench]
  • E-learning course
    • Module 1: Overview and introduction to the Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence
    • Module 2: Essential Health Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence
    • Module 3: Essential Justice and Policing Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence
    • Module 4: Essential Social Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence
    • Module 5: Essential Action for Governance and Coordination of Governance