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

Fleetwood, Jennifer and Urquiza Haas, Nayeli (2011) Gendering the agenda: women drug mules in resolution 52/1 of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 11 (4). pp. 194-203. ISSN 1745-9265. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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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. Keywords Women, Drug mules, Drugs, Gender mainstreaming, Drug trafficking, International drug policy, United Nations Paper type General review

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Drug mules, Drug trafficking, Drugs, Gender mainstreaming, International drug policy, United Nations, Women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Jennifer Fleetwood
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 09:45
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 08:48
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32156 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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