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

Fleetwood, Jennifer, 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. (doi:10.1108/17459261111194134) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:32156)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/17459261111194134
Uncontrolled keywords: Drug mules, Drug trafficking, Drugs, Gender mainstreaming, International drug policy, United Nations, Women
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Jennifer Fleetwood
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2012 09:45 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:09 UTC
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