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"I think it´s safer for you to not report": A case-study on the Human Rights of Women Who Use Drugs in Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).
2023 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study sheds light on the situation of women who use drugs (WWUD) in Sweden. The author does so by investigating whether WWUD encounter stigmatizing attitudes as well as structural barriers whilst seeking health care and protection from gender-based violence. Furthermore, it has been asked what are the Human Rights outcomes of this. Building on theoretical notions on stigma and intersectionality, the intersectional perspective utilized here has been crucial to understand the complex societal position of WWUD. Stigma theory, instead, has been crucial to achieve an understanding of the processes lying behind stigmatizing attitudes who impact WWUD. The findings showed structural barriers and stigmatizing attitudes who appear to impact WWUD´s capacity of accessing measures of protection from male violence and basic healthcare. Subsequently, the aforementioned findings have been analyzed through a Human Rights lens, and hindrances to the enjoyment of Right to Health (ICESCR) and measures of protection enshrined in the Istanbul Convention have been brought to surface.

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2023.
Keywords [en]
gender based violence, WWUD, human rights, intersectionality, Istanbul Convention, right to health, stigma, structural barriers, SUDs, Sweden
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-60295OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-60295DiVA, id: diva2:1765007
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KS GPS Human Rights
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Available from: 2023-06-09 Created: 2023-06-09 Last updated: 2023-06-09Bibliographically approved

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