Deadline: 30th November, 2022
Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Network of Women who Use Drugs (INWUD) is excited to launch a blog project centred around the concept of Narcofeminism – a narrative-reforming movement that brings together women who use drugs in all their diversity to challenge outdated, stigmatising and patriarchal narratives about our bodies, our choices, our rights and our voices.
Too often we are silenced and ignored. INWUD’s blog aims to create space for women to express themselves, to be heard and acknowledged. It is a platform to share life stories, views, experiences and to inspire each other to reclaim what is rightfully ours: our rights and freedoms to be who we are.
In the words of Elizabeth Ettorre: Let us all cause some trouble and begin to change the world with and for women who use drugs with our powerful conceptual armaments in hand.
For those who are new to Narcofeminism, have a look at the following links:
• The Barcelona Declaration
• Narcofeminist movement by the Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs and the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association
• Narcofeminism Storyshare Model by North Carolina Urban Survivors Union and podcast
• NarcoFeminism – a campaign for the feminist who uses drugs by Judy Chang
• Women who Use Drugs and Narcofeminism: Changing the Narrative by North Carolina Urban Survivors Union and Metzineres at HIV2020.
Why submit a blog?
INWUD believes that as women we must invest in the growth and empowerment of other women, and that we must be in control of our own narratives – Our rich life experiences and lessons have the capacity to change other women’s lives and challenge public perceptions and stereotypes.
By submitting your blog, you can share your stories that connect you to a wider movement and amplify your voice to a wider audience
Who can submit a blog?
If you are a woman, gender-diverse or a gender non-conforming person who uses drugs with lived experience of drug use, and if you feel compelled to share your story, you are welcome to submit a blog. Remember, by submitting a blog you agree that INWUD and INPUD can publish your work.
When and how to submit your blog?
The deadline to send your blog is midnight CEST on 30th November 2022. Please send in your submissions to email@example.com.
When will winners be announced?
The winners will be announced publicly on 16th December 2022. The judges from the Narcofeminist movement will choose three winners who will be awarded the following prizes:
First Prize – $300 USD
Second Prize – $200 USD
Third Prize – $100 USD
In case your submission is not one of the winning entries, we will still publish your submission on the websites and social media of INPUD & INWUD after being reviewed by our Review Panel.
What topics can you submit your blog on?
• Feminism and women who use drugs
• Envisioning a Narcofeminist Future
• Stigma and Discrimination
• Gender-Based Violence and Intimate Partner Violence
• Meaningful involvement of women who use drugs in research, program and policy design and implementation
• Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
• Parental Rights of women who use drugs
• Movement work and Advocacy
• Short Stories that depict lived experiences or valuable lessons/key learnings from the community
• Poems and Essays
The overarching theme of the blog is Narcofeminism: ‘Our bodies – our choice, our rights, our voice’. You are free to choose among one of the proposed topics here, and also welcome to write about any topic you have a strong desire to share.
Submission guidelines, sources, and formatting
Please send in your submission in English in a word document. Your blog should be no longer than 1000 words and needs to include the name of the author(s) and a title. If you are adding references, please add hyperlinks or a reference list at the end of the document. If you wish to remain anonymous, we will ensure that your name or any of your details do not appear anywhere in the publication.
What happens after you submit your blog?
Once we receive your submission, it will be reviewed by our team at INPUD and our female community leaders. Once published, we will feature your post on INPUD’s webpage and other social media platforms. Remember, by submitting a blog you agree that INWUD and INPUD can publish your work.
The International Network of Women who Use Drugs (INWUD) aims to address the specific needs and rights of women who use drugs in all their diversity by providing a women-only safe space for engaging in global advocacy