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Prostitution - The abolitionist project within the conference Women’s Worlds 2011
DANS LA MEME RUBRIQUE
Burkini Is a Feminist Issue Too
The notion that it’s ok for disabled men to pay for sex is rooted in misogyny and ableism
Egyptian doctor living in Zurich produces educational videos about health and sexuality for the Arab world
Amnesty International and Prostitution : Not in Our Name !
Open letter to rabble.ca - Support Meghan Murphy suffered a misogynist campaign by the sex industry lobby
"Insectual - The Secret of the Black Butterfly", by Barbara Sala
Canada’s New Sex Trade Law
Sharia Law, Apostasy and Secularism
“Harm reduction” is not enough to appropriately analyze prostitution
True Progressives Encourage Women’s Equality, Not Their Prostitution
Sexual mutilations outside Africa : new report and new denial except the Iraqi case
FGM slowing down ? The UN asserts it, the Indonesian case contradicts it
Prostitution, STRASS and the senator - When opacity becomes relevant
Is equating prostitution and rape ‘intolerable violence’ ? Really ?
Obama, Madonna and us
After Ontario Courts rule on Bedford : a rant
Comparing Sex Buyers and Non-Sex Buyers July 2011 (Boston)
Sex resistance in heterosexual arrangements
Abolitionists of the prostitution system : who we are, what we want !
Women Living Under Muslim Laws Statement on Libya
Prostitution is a Threat to Humanity
Prostitution - Call for Australia’s prostitution laws to be tightened
Violence - An Open Letter from Black Women to SlutWalk Organizers
Nothing that is sexual can be considered criminal : hidden sexual violence in the DSK case
The Truth about Global Sex Slavery – A Book by Lydia Cacho
Why reproductive rights and prostitution are not the same thing : A response to one decriminalization argument
Montreal - The Turcotte jury got it wrong
Reasons I Will Not Go On the Slutwalk
International Sex Industries and their Accomplices Hamper the Autonomy of All Women
Ten Critical Reasons for getting rid of Harper’s Conservatives
Real solidarity with prostituted women is in the fight for abolition of prostitution
Decriminalize prostituted persons and criminalize those who exploit them (‘johns’ and pimps)
Polygamy in Canada Should Remain Illegal
My fears of the push for indoors prostitution
We cannot be satisfied with the simple harm-reduction model
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is Worried About Himel’s Judgement on Prostitution
Ontario Court Decision Abandons Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour to Pimps
Response to the VPD review in the cases of the Pickton Murders
Speech - The effects of globalization of political Islam on Women’s Rights, the question with polygamy, the Niqab and Honour Killing
Quebec Forges Enlightened Trail on Burkas
Breast Cancer a Disease, No a Marketing Opportunity
The International Campaign To Closedown Iranian Embassies
Violation of rights in Iran, a window from my experience to a broader picture
"Sex worker" ? Never met one !
The One Million Signatures Campaign has been awarded the prestigious Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation
Prostitution - Feminist Perspectives, a book
Prostitution : Violating the Human Rights of Poor Women
More than 1 000 american historians call for equity in the stimulus package in open letter to Obama
Order of Canada Awarded to Dr. Morgentaler - Acts of intimidation should not rule Canada
Femaid report on Afghanistan, May 2008
Time for Quebecers to be more open : Bouchard-Taylor report
Canadian Bar Association supports strengthening equality in the Quebec Charter
Zero Tolerance for Johns : How the Government of Sweden Would Respond to Spitzer
Politicians are responsible for toxic, misogynist environment facing girls
Spitzer - The Myth of the Victimless Crime
Goodbye To All That (#2)
The freedom to never prostitute oneself
NO legalized brothels for the Olympics 2010 - Aboriginal women’s Action Network statement on prostitution
CLES says NO to the violence of prostitution
Does Porn Make the Man ?
A Trip Into the Absurd
Mothers File International Complaint Against United States
Prostitutes are victims, not criminals
Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation, Volume I (1966-1986)
The Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle (CLES) intervene during the upcoming provincial election
Prostitution - Three Women and a Debate
Men Favour the Apolitical Discourse on Prostitution
The Whole Truth Must be Told : Sylviane’s testimony on her experience of prostitution
Democracy and Religious Obligations : an Impasse ?
What is liberation ? Feminism past, present and future
Books by Andrea Dworkin
Globalization, Militarism and Sex Trafficking
Muslim Groups Denounce the Cultural Relativism of a Certain Left
Canadian Muslim leader alleges her veil views sparked vandalism
Prostitution : CATW’S Post-World Cup Statement
NOW to denounce so-called parental alienation
Prostitution : for an Abolitionist Bill
The dimensions of trafficking for purposes of prostitution
"Charm is a Guise ; Batterers Belong in Jail, Expert Says"
Interview with Catherine MacKinnon : Are Women Human ?
Danish cartoons - Doing away with the Enlightenment ?
It’s happening next door : from incestuous girls to alienating mothers
Green Light for Pimps and Johns
Buying Sex is not a Sport
Prostitution is Violence Against Women
The Ideal Site for the Crime
Tell me, what does "gender" really mean ?
Gunilla Ekberg : « The best thing we can do for our sisters is to support them to get out of prostitution »
Interview with Catharine A. MacKinnon : « They haven’t crushed me yet. »
Decriminalizing prostitution, a magnet for pimps and johns
Declaration on Religious Arbitration in Family Law
Prostitution : Towards a Canadian policy of abolition
Prostitution inseparable of violence against women
The need for a public debate on prostitution and its social consequences
Prostitution of First Nations Women in Canada
270 000 $ granted to Stella for a four days event on sex work
IN MEMORIAM : Andrea Dworkin or The passion for justice
Decriminalizing prostitution will not improve the security of prostituted women
Dworkin - Taking Back the Night
Backlash and Whiplash : A Critique of Statistics Canada’s 1999 General Social Survey on Victimization
Helping the prostituted women or promoting prostitution ?
The Need for a Public Debate on Prostitution and its Social Consequences
The legalization of prostitution and its impact on trafficking in women and children
Prostitution Links, Women’s Justice Center
"If you don’t take a job as a prostitute, we can stop your benefits"
Sweden Treating Prostitution as Violence Against Women
Forced marriage as crime
Why Women Must Get out of Men’s Laps
International Campaing Against Shari’a Court in Canada
Decriminalize prostituted women, not prostitution
Canada Contributes to the Sexual Trafficking of Women for Purposes of Prostitution
Fathers’ Rights Groups in Australia and their Engagement with Issues in Family Law
Women Rage Against ’Rape’ in Northeast India
Sexual domination in uniform : an american value
Tribunals Will Marginalize Canadian Muslin Women and Increase Privatization of Family Law
The sexual sadism of our culture, in peace and in war
Queer theory and violence against women
The Legalisation of Prostitution : A failed social experiment
Globalization and the Sex Trade : Trafficking and the Commodification of Women and Children
Will Paternal Paranoia Triumph ?
Ode to Survivors
Court confirms any woman’s human right to organize with peers
Program produces motherless kids
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN Labour Organization (ILO) Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part One)
Legitimating Prostitution as Sex Work : UN International Labour Organization Calls for Recognition of the Sex Industry (Part Two)
Elisabeth Badinter distorts feminism the better to fight it
Prostitution : Rights of Women or Right to Women ?
The "Stolen Feminism" Hoax : Anti-Feminist Attack Based on Error-Filled Anecdotes
Hormone Replacement Therapy, the "Magic Bullet" Ricochets
For the sake of the children : the law, domestic violence and children contact in England
Friendships between women good for health
Children of divorce need our protection
Divorce Bill’s flaws inadvertently aid abusers
Problem isn’t little boys, it’s little minds
A report from Status of Women Canada about the discursive denial of gender inequalities
Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution
Poem for Peace
Peace Rally Speech of a 12 year old American Girl
Good clone, bad clone ?
Canadian Women’s Health Network
So hard to say goodbye
Women’s Worlds 2011. Flesh Mapping/Les draps parlent/Resistancia des las mujeres , Note#3
A preliminary personal assessment
Women’s Worlds 2011 with no plenary structure to allow resolutions or declarations from the floor pushed women desperate for an end to prostitution to approach a scheduled speaker professor Kathy Lahey to deliver our message : envision a world without prostitution. She did and we rose to our feet.
The final speaker was elder advisor to the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She and president of NWAC Jeannette Lavell stood draped in the red shawl that indicated participation in our roundtable and solidarity with other participants in Global Flesh Mapping/Lesdraps parlent/Resistancia des las mujeres : the abolitionist project within the conference.
We were expressing an international women’s movement opposition to the decriminalization, legalization and normalization of the transnational sex industry.
The interactive Global Flesh Mapping exhibit bustled with women all day with National Film Board crews and women snapping photos and others composing short videos of our international guests. But it intensified for 90 minutes each day with 16 women invited from around the world to a table discussion of the economics, equality issues, personal stories, criminal justice obligations and global politics of prostitution. Interested women wanting to hear that conversation overwhelmed us in the hundreds, from the first day to the last.
Our round table always included women who had been prostituted, women from the First Nations, international guests and frontline anti-violence workers. We supplied the best simultaneous translation we could into and from three languages. Our education strategy integrated prostitution and trafficking, the young girls with the destitute older women, the indoor with the street women, the citizens with the paperless women, the individual woman with their groups and insisted on the advancement of equality and security for all women.
We asked ourselves In this age of neo-liberalism, tyrants and rampant capitalism, living in the belly of the beast of patriarchy, knowing that the state is often complicit in the colonization of indigenous women, tolerating if not complicit in men’s violence against women and in legislating the poverty of women how can we ask for, hope for, work for and demand state protections of women against the sex industry ? If women are not to be bought and sold as commodities we have to refuse to tolerate the condemnation of the women and children trapped. While there are no easy answers we confirmed that we are wise to criminalize all forms of violence against women including prostitution.
Sadly we also confirmed for ourselves that indigenous women are at risk everywhere : migrations forced by resource stripping and land degradation. Military encampments and tourism endanger women to johns, pimps and traffickers in unprecedented numbers. The age of entry is getting younger and younger.
In trying to outline the necessity of state action, one young aboriginal woman said given the “choice” of pimps, gangs, the multinational sex industry laced with organized crime, we were better off sticking together to fight the state. Fight to decriminalize the women of the precariate in their self defense against poverty and violence and supply exit possibilities in abundance but we also have to fight the state to get between her and the industry by criminalizing the buyers of sex.
We will insist on not only interventions for those trying to escape but also the global protections of the indigenous women’s resources, and lands.
Canadian women shared our experience in fighting in the courts. Nordic women shared direct actions and the union support that assisted them in staying out of the courts. The women of Denmark and Australia warned of how much harder the fight becomes once legalization and normalization has taken hold in the economy of any country.
Protection of rights of women migrants, labour protections for domestic workers and care workers were obvious to us. We reject the need for guest workers in the global north and refuse the labour export policies of the global south. We reject the exploited guest worker solutions that neoliberal governments offer us in response to our feminist demands for state supported childcare and eldercare and healthcare. We reject the immigration policies that privilege men over women in every category and that privilege women in the control of men in their families. We reject the commodification of human relations and the cynical abandonment of the equality project of the last forty years.
We refuse the notion of using this critical moment to “devolve” the responsibility for men’s behavior from the state to the “community”. Most communities have not yet moved far enough down the road of equality to hold individual men responsible even for life threatening exploitative behavior.
Women plotted transnational libratory strategies in the same manner in which we had planned our installation and our discussions : start with the assumption that there is nothing to redeem prostitution and no reason to tolerate it. Start with the knowledge confirmed in this conference that the indigenous women are targeted for brutal prostitution everywhere in the world and must have a key place in any strategizing of how to move forward. Start with the knowledge that prostitution is at odds with women’s human rights and that men have no human right to sex on demand and the economics of inequality cannot justify sex on cash demand.
Plans to smash the trade in women and children ranged from lobbying national governments to planning community based public education of men to stop buying sex and to denouncing those that do, to campaigning to organize women into action groups to protect other women, and to executing direct actions against the sex industry that so directly exploits women and children.
Several hundred women took to the street beside NWAC calling attention to the missing and murdered women and NWAC’s involvement against legalizing the behavior of johns, pimps, bawdy house owners. Legalization we agreed will increase both legal and illegal prostitution and will increase the numbers of women in street prostitution where aboriginal women are over represented.
Some women promoted using international law and United Nations conventions including Human Rights in court cases brought by women to oblige states to prove that they have applied due diligence to enact criminal justice protections of women’s civil and political rights. Similarly women insist that courts must oblige states to provide social and economic policies in line with international obligations to advance women’s security and equality.
The best hope appears to be the intelligence created by broad based women’s movement alliances across class backgrounds, at the margins and among colonized women. We discussed and set criteria for inclusion and meaningful basis of unity in structures of alliances. At the table alliances with the frontline workers wove together those preferring organizations independent of government with those preferring to work within UN and state authorized institutional structures.
When Allan Rock closed for the University of Ottawa, he said, the university has a role to play in collecting and delivering “women’s lived reality, women’s knowledge and women’s wisdom”. Effectively endorsing our abolition campaign he said “Come back next summer”. We might.
On Sisyphe, July 25, 2011
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Lee Lakeman Representative for B.C. and the Yukon of the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, she has been working with victims of rape and sexual assault since 1973. She is now part of the national decision-making body of CASAC, which includes CALACS from Quebec and other individual member centres. She was elected by the Canadian Women’s March Committee to the international committee discussing prostitution. Site Web.
Representative for B.C. and the Yukon of the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, she has been working with victims of rape and sexual assault since 1973. She is now part of the national decision-making body of CASAC, which includes CALACS from Quebec and other individual member centres. She was elected by the Canadian Women’s March Committee to the international committee discussing prostitution. Site Web.
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