Dianova launches the “Human Empowerment” campaign

Moreover, most treatment resources remain inadequate. They are based mainly on an androcentric perspective that does not take into account the scope of women’s needs. As a result, many of the women who start a treatment program report anxiety and a lack of motivation. After completion of treatment, they are also more likely to relapse due to a lack of social support, financial problems or difficult living conditions.

Dianova advocates the implementation of gender responsive programmes for women with substance use disorders, including a wide range of services such as family counselling, legal assistance and labour and vocational training. In addition, these programmes must be culturally-adapted and offer modalities such as separate modules for pregnant women and women with dependent children.

Dianova believes that girls’ and women’s rights are fundamental human rights and that there is an urgent need to create more awareness of the specific problems women face when confronted with substance use disorders. This is the reason why the campaign will endeavour to emphasize how addiction and gender are closely interconnected, through the lens of a single concept, Human Empowerment. 


About Dianova

Dianova is an international network comprising associations and foundations dedicated to the development of individuals, communities and organizations through a variety of programmes and interventions in the social, health and humanitarian sectors. The Dianova network operates in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Principal Affiliations

Dianova International has Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC[1]), it is a registered civil society organization to the Organization of American States (OAS[2]) and an official partner of UNESCO[3]. Dianova is also a member of the executive boards of: the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationships with the United Nations (CoNGO[4]), the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC[5]), the NGO Committee on Mental Health[6], and the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC[7]).

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