At the national level

  • EWL puts prostitution and trafficking on the agenda in Bulgaria

    EWL puts prostitution and trafficking on the agenda in Bulgaria

    [Brussels, 19 July 2012] The EWL and the Bulgarian Women’s Lobby last week organised in Sofia a European conference on ‘Trafficking in women and prostitution: Bulgarian and European perspectives’. The high-level conference attracted a substantial amount of media attention, ensuring widespread visibility and debate on this important issue.
    On this occasion, EWL Policy Officer and Project Coordinator Pierrette Pape presented the European Women’s Lobby’s approach to trafficking in women and (...) Read more

  • The EWL and its Bulgarian members organise an international conference on trafficking and prostitution in Sofia on 13 July

    The EWL and its Bulgarian members organise an international conference on trafficking and prostitution in Sofia on 13 July

    The Bulgarian Women’s Lobby (BWL) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) organise the international conference “Trafficking in women and prostitution: Bulgarian and European perspectives”, on 13 July 2012 in Sofia, in the framework of EWL campaign ‘Together for a Europe free from prostitution’.
    The event is foreseen as a key opportunity for Bulgarian stakeholders, politicians, professionals and NGOs, to get in-depth knowledge on the issue of trafficking in women and prostitution, both at Bulgarian (...) Read more

  • Cyprus - EWL Members challenge the media framing of the debate on prostitution

    Cyprus - EWL Members challenge the media framing of the debate on prostitution

    [MIGS - Niscosia, 08 May 2012] The emerging debate in Cyprus following the recent arrest of prostitutes in Athens that were found to be HIV positive on charges of threatening public health, and the disclosure of their photographs and other personal details, brings to the fore shocking realities in relation to women in prostitution.
    The Cyprus media did not miss the opportunity to cover the story, but did so by framing the issue solely in terms of public health with the intent to protect (...) Read more

  • Successful Irish campaign on prostitution leads to consultation to review the current legislation

    Successful Irish campaign on prostitution leads to consultation to review the current legislation

    The national Irish campaign Turn Off the Red Light: End Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in Ireland has gained political momentum in the last six months. The Irish Senate (Seanad) debated a motion calling on the Government to criminalise the purchase of sex, in October 2011. As a result, the Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter promised a six month period in which he would announce a consultation to review the laws surrounding prostitution.
    During that six month period, the (...) Read more

  • Italian conference addresses residence rights for victims of trafficking, 19 March 2012, Rome

    The Italian NGO BeFree, whose director is the Italian expert to the EWL Observatory on violence against women, organises a conference on the residence right for victims of trafficking for the purposes of sexual and labour exploitation. The meeting will take place in the office of the European Parliament representation in Italy, on Monday 19 March. It aims at looking at the approach taken by various actors on the issue of trafficking and victims’ rights, namely the police, the justice, the (...) Read more

  • EWL Finnish members organise European seminar on preventing and combating sex trade

    EWL Finnish members organise European seminar on preventing and combating sex trade

    (Brussels, 15 February 2012) A coalition of Finnish NGOs and decision-makers, including the EWL national coordination Nytkis (Coalition of Finnish Women’s Associations), organises a seminar on sex trade in Finland and Europe. Entitled ’How to Prevent and Combat Sex Trade in Finland - In the Light of Practical Experiences from Other European Countries’, the event aims at assessing Finland’s existing legislation in preventing and combating prostitution-related trafficking in human beings, and (...) Read more

  • Under New Law, France Would No Longer Be Sexual Playground of Men Like Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    Under New Law, France Would No Longer Be Sexual Playground of Men Like Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    by: Janice G. Raymond, Truthout | News Analysis
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s (DSK) marauding sexual behavior has passed out of the news cycle. However, in the aftermath of DSK’s alleged rape of a Guinean hotel maid in New York and subsequent accusations of his rapacious pattern of behavior in France, more information about his actions has emerged. Several recent events have also challenged the French laissez-faire image of sexual exploitation so personified by DSK.
    French women have made their (...) Read more

  • Ireland considering making purchase of sex illegal

    Ireland considering making purchase of sex illegal

    (Brussels, 9 February 2012) The Irish Prime Minister Mr Enda Kenny announced on 8 February that Justice Minister Alan Shatter is considering new legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex in Ireland. This announcement takes place after a long period of debate in Ireland, and of particular efficient advocacy from EWL partner Turn Off the Red Light.
    Turn Off the Red Light (TORL) is a campaign to end prostitution and sex trafficking in Ireland, being run by a new alliance of 48 (...) Read more

  • EWL Danish members organise international conference on trafficking and prostitution for EU Danish Presidency

    EWL Danish members organise international conference on trafficking and prostitution for EU Danish Presidency

    [Brussels, 9 February 2012] The EWL campaign ’Together for a Europe free from prostitution’ will be presented in an international conference on trafficking and prostitution, to be organised in Denmark on 23 March.
    The conference, entitled Trafficking and Prostitution: Global Problems, Local and Regional Solutions is organised by EWL member organisation Women’s Council in Denmark. In relation to the Danish presidency of the EU, Women’s Council in Denmark wants to underline the importance of (...) Read more

  • EWL President presents EWL campaign at Portuguese conference on trafficking and prostitution

    EWL President presents EWL campaign at Portuguese conference on trafficking and prostitution

    Movimento democratico de mulheres (Democratic Movement of Women) organises an international conference entitled ’Tráfico de Mulheres - Romper Silêncios’ (Trafficking in women - Break the silence) in Lisbon on 3 February.
    It will give the opportunity to EWL President Brigitte Triems to present the EWL campaign ’Together for a Europe free from prostitution’ and call for support from organisations, decision-makers and individuals.
    The conference will address trafficking in women in Portugal, then (...) Read more

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