Topic: Social Justice

NEWS: Uruguay: Drafting Alcohol Regulation

The government in Uruguay is drafting a bill to better regulate alcohol. The alcohol industry is set to be subjected to new retail and marketing restrictions. Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez has announced his plans to present a “holistic law” to tackle the nation’s rising alcohol problems…

NEWS: UK: Cheap Alcohol Fuels Inequalities

The BBC reports that “alcohol-linked deaths are 54% higher in Scotland” than in the rest of the United Kingdom. NHS Health Scotland reports annually about the nation’s relationship with alcohol – compiling evidence on sales, price, consumption, deaths and hospital admissions data. The report highlighted tremendous inequalities…

NEWS: Sexualized Alcohol Ads Undermine Rape Prevention

The researchers also emphasize the need to actively challenge practices employed by the alcohol industry which promote damaging behaviour as normative and acceptable…

NEWS: Argentina: Movement To End Violence

A grassroots movement of tens of thousands of people across Argentina is stepping up action to end violence against women. Ni Una Menos was created by 20 artists, journalists and activists in 2015, after simmering outrage over a brutal spate of murders. The name came from a poem about a massacre of women in Ciudad Juarez by Mexican writer Susana Chavez, who was killed in 2011. Ni Una Menos, or Not One Less, the movement has spread rapidly worldwide and now has branches in New York, Berlin, Italy, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and more…

NEWS: UNODC Guide: Drug Prevention, Treatment In Rural Settings

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published a new ‘an awareness-raising tool’ aimed at policy-makers, public health officials, local authorities and other stakeholders.
Its intent is to guide more effective practice when dealing with substance use issues in rural settings throughout the world.
The guide pays attention to the identification, assessment, planning and implementation of evidence-based substance use prevention initiatives and policies…

NEWS: Lithuania: Parliament Passes Alcohol Policy Measures

The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania (Seimas) adopted amendments to the Law on Alcohol on June 1, 2017. The new alcohol policy measures raise the legal age for alcohol use, restrict hours of alcohol sales and ban alcohol advertising…

REPORT: Location, Libation And Leisure: Examination Of Use Of Licensed Venues To Help Challenge Sexual Violence

The researchers argue that environments which incite narratives of loss of control and hypersexuality compromise the ability to counter sexual offending. They also argue that the presence of sexually violent advertising within licenced spaces undermines considerably the call to end gendered violence…

NEWS: WHO Report: 10 Years In Public Health

WHO begins the launch of a report that chronicles the evolution of global public health over the decade that Dr Margaret Chan has served as Director-General at WHO.
The report opens with a letter from Dr Chan who offers her reflections on some of the highlights and challenges of the past 10 years working to build a better, healthier future for the world’s people…