Róisín Downes

16
Jul

SSDP Budapest’s International Panel for Support. Don’t Punish

SSDP’s international organising and relations is funded through the International Activities Fund. Please make a gift here here. Author: Beatrix Vas ‘ 19, SSDP Budapest Chapter Leader On June 26th, for the Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Budapest held a panel discussion titled “Young People in Drug Policy.” We were lucky enough to
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16
Jul

SSDP UK Coordinates Activities Across the Country for Support. Don’t Punish

SSDP’s international organising and relations is funded through the International Activities Fund. Please make a gift here here. Author: Iulia Vatau ‘19, University College London (UCL) Chapter Leader & SSDP UK Committee member   For the Support. Don’t Punish Global Day of Action, the SSDP UK Committee organised two webinars as part of Paradigma’s Decentralised Youth Drug Policy Conference, an
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14
Jul

Our global fight has never been more important

In the midst of our global public health crisis, vulnerable populations across the world are suffering the most, particularly people who use drugs, who lack access to health care and whose human rights are systematically denied. Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s global fight for the health, dignity, and rights of people who use drugs has never been more important.  Our
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11
May

3 Ways You Can Help Our Global Network

We just had our most accessible and diverse conference to date, and we hope you all really enjoyed it! We want to make sure we can make SSDP as accessible as possible for our members across the globe all year round. If you want to see some of the incredible achievements by the Global Program this year, take a look

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30
Mar

Support. Don’t Punish Applications Open: Deadline April 17th

If you would like to support the activities of the Global Program, consider donating to the International Activities Fund.   We’re coming up on that brilliant time of year, when SSDPers across the world join together to celebrate IDPC’s Support. Don’t Punish international day of action. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage in a network wide campaign, where events

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29
Jan

Introducing the SSDP Africa Committee – Part Two

This Part Two of “Introducing the SSDP Africa Committee”, click here to read Part One. Students for Sensible Drug Policy is honoured to announce the establishment of the SSDP Africa Committee. As our network is expanding rapidly, committees and structures like this will help make sure everyone’s voice is heard. This committee will focus on ensuring the African perspective is

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29
Jan

Introducing the SSDP Africa Committee – Part One

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is honoured to announce the establishment of the SSDP Africa Committee. As our network is expanding rapidly, committees and structures like this will help make sure everyone’s voice is heard. This committee will focus on ensuring the African perspective is represented within the organization, creating a more cohesive structure for the African network and supporting

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21
Jan

SSDP at the UN – High Level Policy Advocacy Webinar

We are happy to announce the second date for our UN advocacy webinar on Thursday, January 30th at 17:30 CET (11:30am EST, 8:30am PST). If you would like to participate, please email Orsi at orsi.feher@ssdp.org! The webinar will follow the flow of SSDP’s Youth Advocacy Handbook, introducing the global drug control system and the latest developments taking place around the

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3
Jan

Setting the Records Straight: Response to CSOs Calling for Criminalization of Drug Use in Ghana

Students for Sensible Drug Policy joined with organisations from across Ghana and West Africa in response to a petition by 5 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) opposing the calls for decriminalisation of drug use and possession, particularly of cannabis. You can read more about the calls for decriminalisation in the region in the Model Drug Law for West Africa: A Tool

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23
Dec

Tell us how we’re doing: African Resource Feedback Form

Calling all SSDPers in Africa, we need your input! As you know, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy team has expanded recently to accommodate a vision of building a truly international network and reforming drug policies worldwide. Our global team has been working tirelessly to support our ever-growing and culturally diverse network. Now is your opportunity to tell us how

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20
Dec

World AIDS Day 2019: SSDP Nigeria Hosted a Symposium & Free HIV Testing

The World AIDS Day, 2019 was observed by SSDP Nigeria in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State. In honour of this year’s theme; “Communities Make the Difference”, SSDP Nigeria hosted a ‘Drugs and People’ Symposium to address the risks of needle sharing amongst People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), which exposes them to the risk of acquiring HIV. The symposium

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12
Dec

United Nations Drug Policy Advocacy Handbook Launch

After many months of hard work, we are delighted to launch our United Nations Advocacy Handbook. This handbook is an introduction to the Global Drug Control System and how you can influence it, no matter where you live. SSDP is dedicated to bringing the youth voice to drug policy reform and this is how you can do it at the

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4
Dec

Introducing SSDP Leeds

Matt Port from University of Leeds recently set up our newest chapter, SSDP Leeds. Here’s a short interview where he introduces himself and the chapter. Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. My name’s Matt and I’m doing the final year of my undergraduate English and Comparative Literature

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22
Nov

Tell us how we’re doing: European Feedback Form

Hey SSDPers in Europe, it’s your time to shine! As you know, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy staff has expanded in recent years with the vision of building a truly international network and reforming drug policies worldwide. Our Global Program Coordinator has been working tirelessly with our Global Fellows to support our ever-growing and culturally diverse network. Now is

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14
Nov

Community Chapters: What are they and how do I start one?

Students for Sensible Drug Policy membership is not limited to students. All who are interested in bringing the youth voice to drug policy reform are welcome! Because of this, our chapters have begun to take on a few different styles: we have campus-based chapters (our traditional chapter structure based in one school), national chapters (a chapter which consists of a

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22
Oct

Open call: SSDP Africa Committee

Do you want to elevate the African voice within Students for Sensible Drug Policy? Do you want to strengthen the African Network? Submit an application to join the SSDP Africa Committee! This voluntary committee is intended to represent the interests of the African Network within SSDP. To apply to sit on the committee, please fill out this application form. Selected

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21
Oct

Introducing SSDP Durham!

Here is an interview with Dasha Anderson, the chapter leader of our newest chapter, SSDP Durham! Tell me a bit about yourself, what you study, your interests and why you decided to start a chapter. My name is Dasha, I’m a Durham University 4th year student studying towards an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience. I’ve had an interest in drugs and

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30
Sep

The First African Leaders Training Session

On September 23rd, Róisín Downes ‘15 held SSDP’s first African Leaders Training Session. 20 leaders from across the continent joined the call to learn more about SSDP and how we organize in the African context. The training consisted of an explanation of SSDP’s mission, vision and values, and discussing what those mean to our African members. Following that, we reviewed

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15
Aug

SSDP Israel Hosts Its First Support Don’t Punish Global Day of Action

By Yahav Erez, chapter leader of SSDP Israel The ‘Smoke of Time’ pub in the old city of Be’er Sheva was packed with curious pairs of eyes and ears on the evening of June 24th, when we held the first-ever #SupportDon’tPunish Global Day of Action event in Israel. The stone walls, tall ceiling and the remains of the Ottoman empire

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30
Jul

SSDP at the Vilnius E-network Summit – What you need to know about SSDP in the International Youth Advocacy Scene in 2019

SSDP’s international organising and relations is funded through the International Activities Fund. If you wish to donate please do so here.  On the 19th and 20th of July, our international allies at YouthRise hosted the  Vilnius E-network Summit in Lithuania- the first of its kind. This international gathering of youth organizations working in harm reduction was an invaluable opportunity for

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11
Jul

Support. Don’t Punish. Global Day of Action Around the World

This month, SSDP is raising $15,000 for the International Activities Fund, which supports our work outside the United States by funding chapter events, policy change campaigns, and scholarships to SSDP2020. Throughout July, we will be sharing stories from members of the global SSDP family discussing their victories, struggles, and ideas for the next year. SSDP members across the world held

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