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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, J and Urquiza Haas, N. 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. 194-204. ISSN 1745-9265 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

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

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1108/17459261111194134

Keywords:

Women, Drug mules, Drugs, Gender mainstreaming, Drug trafficking, International drug policy, United Nations

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology > Unit for Global Justice (UGJ)

Dates:

DateEvent
2011Published

Item ID:

20776

Date Deposited:

11 Aug 2017 10:18

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2017 15:40

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20776

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