I. ABOUT ANPUD
ANPUD is the Asian regional-level community-led network (organization) that aims to improve the quality of life of people who use drugs through the enjoyment of equal human rights and opportunities. The formation of ANPUD is underpinned by the principle of “Meaningful Involvement of People who Use Drugs” at all the levels or processes of decision-making – the decisions that most impact communities at the grassroot level in all countries.
Ever since ANPUD was founded in 2008, by the consensus among its members as the only Asian regional network led by us and for us, we have been focused at promoting and advocating for community empowerment, human rights and people-centered evidence & rights-based drug laws and policies.
»» We dedicate ourselves to the well-being of drug using communities, to the principles of community-led harm reduction and more importantly to the foreseeable future, in which, no person – irrespective of his/her drug use or any other behavioral or personality traits – shall be deprived of basic rights including but not limiting to the Right to Life, to Health, to Education, to Participation, to Justice, to Opportunity, to Safe & Secure Social as well as Private Life, and other elements that constitute a quality of life. We believe that people do not lose their human rights simply because they use or sell drugs.
II. ANPUD INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2019 – PURPOSE & CRITERIA
The overall objective of this call for interns is to pilot the Internship program as one of the key approaches for building/strengthening capacity of selected interns as well as ANPUD through tailored mentoring and exchanging of knowledge, expertise and technical skills.
ANPUD Internship program 2019 will provide scholarship to 2 successful applicants. The interns will have the space and opportunity to demonstrate their competence, enhance their knowledge, skill & experience base, expand horizon for networking, learning and manage implementation of a balanced mix of both programmatic (networking, creativity & technical preparedness for effective advocacy campaign) as well as Financial & Administrative activities.
For this 2019 – Call for Interns, we are accepting applications from WOMEN ONLY. We look forward to receiving submissions from all interested women who presently reside in one of the countries in South and Southeast Asian regions. Meanwhile, ANPUD especially encourages all the interested Women who Use Drugs (WUD) members to submit their ‘Resume and a Statement of Purpose & Area of Interest’ before the application submission deadline on 11 November 2019.
ANPUD is also committed to ensure that the ‘#WeAreHERE advocacy campaign’ is led by and for WUD members. In fact, INTERNS (successful applicants) who will be awarded scholarship to travel to Bangkok in order to take part in the ANPUD Internship program 2019 will be responsible for planning, developing materials, coordinating with ANPUD’s country partners. The interns will be launching “#WeAreHERE Regional Advocacy Campaign”. Therefore, highest level of preference will be given to women who use drugs.
III. “#WeAreHERE”- WOMEN WHO USE DRUGS IN ASIA
“#WeAreHERE” is a growing movement of women who use drugs in the Asian region. As simple as it may seem or sound, it signifies an attack on the status quo, it is the strong emotions being expressed, it is a true story being told and it is the reality being uncovered by a growing number of women member of the drug using communities in the region. It was a realization of invisibility of their issues, voices and their representation at all the levels where decisions affecting their lives the most had been taken. Therefore, in 2018, #WeAreHERE was unanimously agreed as the name of their movement and advocacy campaign by all the WUD members who were present at first Asian regional consultation workshop of women who use drugs that was organized by ANPDU in Bangkok.
“We, women who use drugs in that room made a decision to never let ourselves be vulnerable and be treated as invisibles. #WeAreHere is our movement and a call to our friends who use drugs to join us. It is an outcry to make ourselves visible and heeded.” – [one of the participants of the first regional consultation of WUD in 2018]
As WUD members had concluded their priorities during their first consultation, all the priorities informed the development of 5 strategic goals and several key actions among each goal. It was also agreed during the consultation that one of the primary roles of ANPUD as a regional network of PUD was to ensure gender-based equality and transformation are embedded across all guiding documents of ANPUD and that women are leading and advocating for their own issues by themselves.
It is with immense pleasure that we are able to share about the ongoing constitution amendment process which began early in 2019. Similarly, this internship program is one of many efforts made by ANPUD following the first WUD consultation. Since, every year 25th of November is observed as the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ and on the same day, 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign also commences until ‘the International Human Rights Day’ observed on 10th December 2019, this would be one of the perfect windows for the #WeAreHERE campaign to be launched as an annual event of women who use drugs in the Asian region.