Recovering Nepal Women is the national network setup to protect Women who use Drugs in Nepal from violence , discrimination, abuse , marginalization and neglect. It is the Official Women's Wing and Gender Diversity Hub of Recovering Nepal. It was officially declared on 2018 through regional as well as National level consultation on the 12th of January 2018 Recovering Nepal Women aims to influence the policies that improve the quality of lives of Women who use Drugs (WUDS), reinstate their rights and create a supportive environment. Recovering Nepal Women promotes provision of HIV and gender sensitive Harm Reduction services, ending stigma & Discrimination and violence, promoting SRHR and advocating for the rights of WUDs while focusing on strengthening the capacity of WUDs and their organizations to respond to the HIV/TB/HEPC C and COVID epidemic, while enhancing the capacity of WUDs to advocate for themselves regarding their issues. There is a need to create an enabling as well as gender friendly environment to increase the Participation of WUDs in designing, meaningful interventions with the engagement of WUDs as well as advocating for effective policies and programs in order to end the disempowerment and victimization of WWUD through systemic, cultural, familial and Social violence. Harassment and stigmatization and deprivation of basic human rights of Women.
As per the National HIV Strategic Plan 2016–2021, according to the national priorities for Woman who use Drugs (WWUD), the primary focus areas are female sex workers, with special attention paid to those who inject drugs, street-based female sex workers, and transgender sex workers who have lower service coverage such as LGBTIQ people who use drugs. They are perceived as harder to reach through outreach and are not attracting sufficient attention in service providers programmes. This needs to drastically improve. Program and service coverage for these highly vulnerable key populations must include service packages that address their specific prevention and harm-reduction needs, including sexual exploitation and violence, though increased in-reach as well as social, non-conventional and human rights based programs.
“Eruption of hidden issues and showcase the realities of WUD on the ground aiming advocacy in the mainstream areas, to inform Public Health, Human Rights, Social Policy, Resource Allocation and Program Implementation.”
There is need for services to be scaled up in all the districts. However, scaling up is not the only answer, the services also have to be sustainable, of good quality and accessible to the target population, especially to those who are economically marginalized.
“To empower Women Who Use Drugs (WWUD) and mitigate negative consequences of drug use including blood borne infections and create enabling environment for universal access to meaningful services for WWUD in Nepal.”
The quality of drug is an important issue to consider due to severe health consequences of WWUD/WWID. The threat now is not just on needle syringes sharing but the drug itself. Quality of drug should also be taken into consideration when devising harm reduction interventions including monitoring
“To influence policies that improve the quality of lives of WWUD, reinstate their rights and create a supportive environment.”