Introducing the Jude Byrne Emerging Female Leader Award

Jude Byrne Emerging Female Leader AwardThe Jude Byrne Emerging Female Leader Award has been developed by INHSU and INPUD (The International Network of People Who Use Drugs) in remembrance of Jude Byrne, a globally recognised, powerful advocate who fought to advance the health and human rights of people who use drugs.

Jude served as an INHSU board member and made countless valuable contributions to our network and community.

We are proud to honour Jude’s memory via this new award, which aims to help foster expertise and resilience in the next generation of female leaders.


About the award

  • The award will be provided to two recipients who identify as female in recognition of their contribution to the community of people who use drugs
  • The award includes a mentorship program – a unique professional development opportunity which supports emerging female leaders and celebrates advocacy efforts internationally. There will be $10,000 USD per awardee allocated to supporting participation in the program
  • The mentor program will be delivered by INPUD, tailored to the awardees, and co-created in partnership. The mentor program could cover many topic areas, such as:
    • Academic research and writing  
    • Orientation on the drug policy landscape  
    • Policy analysis  
    • Understanding policy processes  
    • Coordinating community consultations
    • Developing advocacy positions  
    • Writing for advocacy and influence  
    • Drug user network development  
    • Campaign development  
    • Human Rights Mechanisms  
    • Building effective partnerships   
  • Alongside the mentor program, awardees will also receive a full scholarship to attend the INHSU 2022 conference which will take place from 19-21 October 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland

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The application process

Individuals are invited to put forward nominees for the Award via the online application system. Individuals can also self-nominate. Applications will close on 14 March 2022.

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If you are unable to submit an application via the online system, please contact for a hard copy application form.

After the applications close, they will be reviewed by a judging panel. Applications will be judged on merit, and response to the selection criteria. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately four (4) weeks after the closing date. 

This award – which features a nine-month mentor program for emerging leaders – honours a true hero, who always fought for what was right.


Award Terms and Conditions  

  • Awardees must be in their early – mid career, defined as 0-10 years working in the sector, identify as female, and have lived/living experience of drug use 
  • Awardees agree to attend the International Conference on Health and Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU 2022) from 19-21 October 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland and give a 5-10-minute oral presentation  
  • Awardees will receive free conference registration, and travel and accommodation if required, and complimentary INHSU membership for a year  
  • Awardees agree to actively engage in INPUD mentorship program and to provide reporting on outcomes as required  
  • Awardees grant permission for INHSU and INPUD to reproduce their application in part or in full for the purpose of marketing and promotion and to profile the awardee in organisation newsletters, social media, and other avenues 
  • Awardee’s employers are aware that the nominee is proposed for the award and have agreed to the terms and conditions described above, including the nominee’s place of work being publicly promoted 


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