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The French Senate just decided to abrogate on 28 March the offence for soliciting, and 54-association group called Abolition 2012, supported by public personalities, such as Françoise Héritier, Roselyne Bachelot, Sophia Aram or Danielle Bousquet, are organising an event to abolish prostitution Saturday 13 April at the Machine du Moulin Rouge (Paris), from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
67 years after the closure of brothels, and 2 years after the publication of an information report on prostitution policies, associations will come back on 3 years of action and propose a “Declaration to abolish the system of prostitution'. The French Ministry of Women's Rights announces the new law defining commercial sexual exploitation rules in France should be discussed during the autumn 2013.
This is like an echo to the european movement 'Together for a Europe free from prostitution', unifying more than 200 organisations. For more info
The European Women’s Lobby hosted on 4 December a conference entitled “10 years of policies on prostitution: outcomes of the Swedish and Dutch options, and ways forward” at the European Parliament.
This debate aimed at assessing Swedish and Dutch models, referred to as the two main legislative options to deal with this issue, based on opposing views of the system of prostitution.
On this occasion, around 200 women’s rights NGOs, coming from 25 Member States and four other countries, unveiled their Brussels’ Call “Together for a Europe free from prostitution”.
The European Women’s Lobby launches a campaign to eradicate prostitution in Europe. It aims at raising awareness among European countries on this issue, considered by the lobby as a « form of violence and oppression » towards women. Entitled Together for a Europe free from prostitution, the campaign calls individuals, national governments and European Union to implement concrete actions fighting against « tolerance » towards « sexual and economic exploitation » of women prostitutes.
Women’s Justice Center is a Californian non-profit organization which works to end violence against women and children especially in the Latina community.
Supported by the PPR Foundation, it created a website to help fighting violence against women with useful advocacy tools and documents.
The bilingual guides give for instance very specific information about the criminal justice process in case of domestic violence.
The last updated guide aims at supporting mothers, grandmothers and others close to girls caught in prostitution: warning signs a girl may be prostituted, what do you do if your daughter gets arrested?, how to come back to a normal life?
Click here to discover Women’s Justice Center’s entire guide: http://www.justicewomen.com/guide/index.html.