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Webinar with UNODC on Gender and Organized Crime

Re: Webinar with UNODC on Gender and Organized Crime

by Ruya Leghari -
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our webinar! The recording is now on YouTube, and a news article (below) and a comprehensive report of the event are now available.

Overview of the Webinar
The latest I Know Gender module on Gender and Organized Crime is now available to participants around the world. The free eLearning course, developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the UN Women Training Centre, promotes the integration of a gender equality perspective in the daily work of those striving to counter organized crime – including UN staff, civil society and the private sector. The course addresses issues relevant to the three pillars of UNODC’s work programme – normative work, research and analytical work, and field-based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime, corruption and terrorism. 

The module was launched with a joint webinar organized by UN Women and UNODC (7 December 2022) as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Alicia Ziffer, UN Women Training Centre Chief a.i, introduced IKG module 17 on Gender Equality and Organized Crime as part of the flagship I Know Gender series of training courses available on the Training Centre’s eLearning Platform. As these courses demonstrate, training for gender equality is a powerful tool for integrating a gender equality perspective into our daily lives and work.

Hanna Sands, UNODC Programme Coordinator, highlighted the importance of applying an intersectional gender-responsive approach to the fight against transnational organized crime. Gender and other intersectional identity markers influence different people’s experiences in relation to organized crime – as participants, victims and as justice sector actors. Understanding the inter-relationship between gender and organized crime is vital not just for policy development, but also for work on the ground, and making sure that these activities are effective for the population as a whole.

Hilary Anderson, Senior Gender Specialist at the Inter-American Commission of Women and the Organization of American States, and Member of the Working Group on Women and Drug Policy, shed light on the regional perspective of women incarcerated in the Americas. Available data shows most women in the region are incarcerated for low-level and non-violent drug-related offences, often prompted by economic need and their lack of other options.

Dr Comfort Olubo Umaru, Senior Research Fellow at Nigeria’s National Judicial Institute, underscored how integrating gender equality can improve terrorism response and prevention policies. The experience of Nigeria demonstrates how terrorism disproportionately affects women and girls, how interrelated different forms of transnational organized crime are – such as human trafficking and sexual exploitation – and how women are affected in different ways.

Call to action
The latest I Know Gender module is a must for anyone working on gender and organized crime.

Images and links
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Read the full Virtual Dialogue webinar report: