Topic: Women’s Rights

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Success Shows Potential of Policy Action

The success of the recent alcohol sales ban in South Africa as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 shows the potential of policy action in preventing and reducing alcohol harm in the country. Now evidence and momentum seem to be gathering in support of more urgent, comprehensive action to tackle the South African alcohol burden…

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NEWS: How Big Alcohol Converts Women to Alcohol

Women are on of Big Alcohol’s major targets along with children and youth. There are various methods the industry uses to try and convert women into using alcohol. Despite alcohol having very specific harms on women such as the fact that women can get addicted to substances with smaller amounts and in shorter time than men, the alcohol industry continues to aggressively go after women…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Alcohol Fuels Rising Interpersonal Violence During COVID-19

Reports from violence prevention helplines across the WHO European region are indicating rising cases of interpersonal violence during COVID-19. Alcohol fuels this rise in violence as victims are trapped with their abusers during the pandemic.

Lockdowns and movement restrictions have slowed down the transmission of COVID-19, but in many situations they have also confined those experiencing interpersonal violence with their abusers. Adding alcohol to this mix is fomenting the problem and might often aggravate the situation…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Targets Women During COVID-19

Big Alcohol targets women during COVID-19 in Australia and more women are consuming alcohol during the pandemic. These strategies are highly unethical specially during the current pandemic considering that alcohol is known to weaken the immune system making people more susceptible to COVID-19 and its complications…

NEWS: Germany: Domestic Violence Is Rising During Quarantine

Quarantine measures were implemented in Germany to curb the spread of COVID-19. New data show that domestic violence may have risen during quarantine. Quarantine or isolation inside homes helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but it also traps victims of domestic violence with their abusers in a confined space…

NEWS: COVID-19 Australia: Alcohol’s Role in Family Violence Revealed

A new study has found has revealed alcohol plays a role in family violence in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key results from the survey indicate nearly half (47%) of the respondents reported an increase in their case load since COVID-19 restrictions began…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Violence Affects Poorest People Disproportionately

A new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has found that alcohol-related violence affects the poorest in society to the greatest degree. According to the IAS report titled  ‘Inequalities in victimisation: alcohol, violence, and anti-social behaviour’ shows the stark differences on alcohol violence between different socioeconomic groups in England and Wales…

NEWS: Canada: Prevention of FASD during COVID-19

As new data show Canadian alcohol consumption is on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health have teamed up to make an extra effort for the prevention of FASD.. In a press release, the two organizations remind Canadians that alcohol use during pregnancy can cause harm to fetal health and result in lifetime effects known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)…

REPORT: Unequal Effects of Others’ Alcohol Use on Women

Reports of financial harm from others’ alcohol use are more common among women than among men, and in low- and middle-income than in high-income countries. The findings suggest that a reduction in alcohol consumption could have a positive impact on household finances, which would particularly benefit women…

MEMBER NEWS: Sri Lanka: ADIC Calls on President to Halt Alcohol Availability Increase During COVID-19

Sri Lanka banned alcohol sales along with imposing curfew measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 from late March. On Sunday April 19, the government decided to lift the alcohol ban along with relaxing the curfew measures. The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC), a member of Movendi International, has expressed criticism of and opposition against this measure as it will increase availability of alcohol during the pandemic and likely harm people and burden people and communities further…