Webinar on People First: Stop Stigma and Discrimination, Strengthen Prevention.

Event time, date, and location:
10:00am- 11:00am, 16 th Jun, 2023.
Zoom Meeting Online (GCWUS)
Chief Guest:
Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar (Vice Chancellor, GCWUS)

Prof. Dr. Adnan Adil
Chairperson, Department of Psychology, GCWUS.
Focal Person:
Dr. Umara Rauf,
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, GCWUS.

Technical Support Team:
Ms. Ayesha Asghar, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, GCWUS.
Mr. Shahid Anwar, Computer programmer, ITSC, GCWUS.
Brief Description:
The global drug problem causes widespread implications, including stigma and discrimination, worsening the physical and mental health of affected individuals while hindering their access to support. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) emphasizes a people-centered approach, prioritizing human rights, compassion, and evidence-based practices. World Drug Day, observed on June 26th, aims to promote a drug-free world. This year's campaign focuses on treating drug users with respect and empathy, advocating for evidence-based, voluntary services, exploring alternatives to punishment, prioritizing prevention, and combating stigma and discrimination. To commemorate World Drug Day, the Department of Psychology organized an awareness webinar on June 16, 2023. Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar (VC-GCWUS) was the chief guest of this event. Prof. Dr. Yasir Nawaz Manj (Dean of Arts and Social Sciences) joined as guest of honor. Dr. Mohsin Atta and Dr. Anam Khan participated as resource persons, discussing the psychological consequences of drug abuse and the role of academic institutions in prevention efforts. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Umara Rauf and it provided valuable insights into preventive measures, highlighting the importance of physical, mental, and psychological well-being. The audience actively engaged with the experts through an interactive Q & A session, emphasizing the collective effort needed to address the global drug problem and promote a society free from stigma and discrimination. In conclusion, Prof. Dr. Adnan Adil, the chief organizer and the chairperson of the Department of Psychology, expressed gratitude to all participants for their contributions. The event served as a reminder of the need for
empathy, respect, and overall well-being in combating the global drug problem.