Written by Judy Chang, Executive Director, International Network of People Who Inject Drugs (INPUD).
Judy Chang is a member of the LINKAGES Advisory Board.
“In a marketplace of experiences, the privileged inevitably have more platforms from which to narrate, and the marginalised are often spoken for within agendas which are not their own.” – Alison Phipps 2016, p. 5-6, Sussex University
I am a feminist. I am a woman who uses drugs. Up until recently, these identities have been mutually exclusive, having rarely been held together in the same conceptual space.
Only now are the links between drug policy, feminism and drug use beginning to be drawn. Feminism, I took to early on, as any woman who questioned dominant paradigms, interrogated inequities in political and social life and was skeptical of the ways gendered norms condition how we speak, act, behave and interact with one another.
To read the full blog post, please visit the original article on the International AIDS Society (IAS) blog.