30 March 2017

Indonesia is home to about 74,000 people who inject drugs, about 11% of whom are women. Compared with men who inject drugs, women experience an elevated risk of HIV and other blood-borne virus transmission, high rates of violence from intimate and non-intimate partners, and social exclusion.

To understand better women who inject drugs in Indonesia, the Indonesian Drug Users Network and the University of Oxford coordinated a research project entitled Perempuan Bersuara (Women Speak Out with 2014 Trudeau scholar Claudia Stoicescu as principal investigator. The study explored sexual and injecting behaviours, health indicators, gender-based violence, contact with law enforcement, and the uptake of health and support services among women who inject drugs. Perempuan Bersuara recommends a set of urgent actions for Indonesia’s policymakers and service providers to better address these women’s needs.

Download the complete report on understanding women who inject drugs in Indonesia

Read Claudia Stoicescu’s op-ed on the Open Society Foundations blog