logoStockholm Convention 2016

Focus on Women in Addiction in the 2020's

Hotel Clarion Skanstull, Stockholm
19th – 20th September 2016

ICAA is one of the oldest non-governmental organisations active in the field of dependencies. It is dedicated to preventing and reducing the harmful use and effects of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and addictive behaviours on individuals, families, communities and society.

Through a range of activities at international, regional and local levels, ICAA sensitises, empowers and educates organisations and individuals in the interest of public health, personal and social well being.

ICAA believes in the exchange of evidence-based knowledge and innovative approaches. It is committed to undertake this in an independent, apolitical, inclusive and transparent manner.

WOCAD/Women's Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues www.ksan.se is the Swedish women's organisations’ collaborating body for issues concerning alcohol, narcotics and addictive drugs. WOCAD's main work is preventive. Their target groups are girls and women of all ages. WOCAD is a politically independent and non-denominational organisation with 35 member organisations. WOCAD embraces a total of 270,000 women.

A crucial part of WOCAD’s work has always been spreading relevant information to girls and women concerning alcohol and other drugs. However, information and knowledge doesn’t always lead to a change of habits! For this reason, WOCAD is combining information with interactive and practical methods to encourage people to talk about and reflect on their own habits, attitudes and values.  Their intention is to reach out to all teenage girls.

In an exciting "first" for both organizations WOCAD and ICAA will deliver a Convention on Women in Addiction. Aimed at practitioners, policy-makers and hands-on researchers, the conference will be developed from the innovative and unique approaches developed by WOCAD and exemplified in such award-winning initiatives as BellaNet International and WOCAD’s contribution to European Action on Drugs which has been selected as one of the Top ten submissions in the EU for drug prevention.

Location Information

19th – 20th September 2016

The Conference Centre

Where to stay

Convention Report

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Focussing uniquely on Women, the Programme will be structured around the practical exploration of four broad topic areas :

  • Women in Treatment
  • Women and Adolescence
  • Women and Social Issues
  • Education and Prevention for women

Over two days (19th and 20th September 2016 ) each of these topics will be explored through the delivery of a series of brief plenary papers followed by practice-focussed workshops to be run by the plenary presenters.

Speakers from across the globe will share with participants their expertise and methodology in delivering innovative responses to the challenge of providing gender-responsive services to the communities in which they work.

By exploring the barriers created by gender, ethnicity, religion, prejudice and even geography, this convention will provide participants with opportunities to acquire unique insights and to explore the transferability of innovative and effective approaches to the challenge of addictive behaviours from across the world.

In a wide ranging programme the convention will explore issues such as :

  • Similarities and differences in responding to circumpolar issues for practitioners from the Same and Inuit communities.
  • The challenges of dealing with drug use and prostitution among Roma children and young women.
  • Problems for and responses to women from African communities in the context of both local and migrant communities.
  • Managing the consequential effects of substance use, such as foetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Gender-related prescribing practices and dealing in prescription drugs
  • Issues in recovery and life after addiction
  • Issues in prevention ranging from substance use to sexual abuse

This convention will explore the practical challenges of responding to addiction issues facing women. Workers, researchers and policy-makers dealing with all age groups and ethnicities, from the very young to the very old, and from isolated communities to migrant groups seeking to exist in urban communities, will benefit from the new knowledge, the networking and the enhancement of understanding to be gained from this unique sharing of expertise from across the globe.