Women’s presence in drugs and dependency resources is still lower than that of men since women have historically opted more for legal drugs. Hence, this lesser presence and the resulting invisibility of women's experiences in this field and/or the interpretation of their consumption is seen as an extension of male realities, among other reasons. This has led to androcentric and sexist biases in virtually everything we know about drugs and drug addiction.
In terms of research, it has been more than three decades since the influence of gender role in drug use was recognised. Before the 1970s, women's drug use was also invisible in the social sciences, as were other health issues and problems.
This Expert Diploma in Addictions and Gender from the Deusto Institute of Drug Dependencies of the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Deusto is launched in response to a clear need for professionals from various disciplines related to intervention on drugs and other addictions. They have the knowledge and tools of the gender perspective related to analysis and feminism as a theoretical and interpretative framework. The aim is to ensure social and health interventions that are ethical, quality and egalitarian in nature with respect to health and access to it by men and women who use drugs, are drug addicts and/or engage in other types of addictive behaviour.
The aim is to provide an advanced and solid grounding that will help to extend the principles of gender equality to the teams and resources in which students are involved in any of their fields related to drugs and addictions (prevention, assistance, management, programme design and planning, research, harm reduction, etc.).