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CAP International is a coalition of 33 frontline NGOs providing direct assistance to victims of the prostitution system in 26 countries. 
     
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  • Latest News from the Coalition
  • CAP Members mobilised on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 
  • Focus of the Month 
  • Food for Thought 
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Latest News from the Coalition 
Google (Android 11) On November, our Swedish member Talita launched the "Call Girls" project: Talita advertised a fake phone line of women in prostitution in Stockholm to sensitise sex-buyers to the violence against women in prostitution. When sex-buyers call, they hear real stories of women exploited in prostitution. Each call is charged and the funds gathered  are used for Talita's actions to help women exit prostitution! Learn more about the Call Girls Project here.    

Google (Android 11) From 25 November, listen to the survivors of prostitution! On Instagram, our French organisation Le Mouvement du Nid with the Abolition 2012 Collective have created the "Survivors Of Prostitution" account, which gathers the voices of survivors: testimonies, analyses, hopes, struggles. The testimonies are in French and English.
To follow and support the campaign, click here.  

Our members rewarded  ! 
Zoya Rouhana, the director of our Lebanese organisation Kafa (enough) Violence & Exploitation received on December 10th the German and French Prize for Human Rights & the Rule of Law for her work to eliminate all forms of gender-based violence and exploitation against women and children !  
★ Feminicidio.net was awarded with the prize of "Non-sexist communication" by the association "ADPCdones" (Asociaciò de dones periodistes de Catalunya), for the quality of its information about gender-based violence and sexual exploitation !
★ On November 20th, our Swedish member 1000 Möjligheter won the Swedish Women's peace prize for their efforts in the fight against prostitution & trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation !
☛ Watch in replay our members' past webinars :
 
 Iniciativa Pro Equidad - Colombia 
Live discussion between abolitionists on Facebook  every Saturday


⭐ Vancouver Rape Relief  & Women Shelter  - Canada
Montreal Massacre Memorial 2020: a series of 12 virtual conversations
Live on Facebook and via Zoom from 25 November to December 6
See the full program here
     
CAP Members mobilised on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
➤ In Germany, our member Solwodi was invited, on November 25th, to present its work against sexual exploitation on the set of the TV channel Studio 47. The Executive Director of the organisation, Dr. Maria Decker, highlighted the often invisibilised issue of the extreme violence that women in prostitution are subjected to on a daily basis
 
 
➤ On 25th November our French member Le Mouvement du Nid launched its online exhibition "C'est une histoire d'humaine, c'est la mienne" (It's a human story, it's my story") raising awareness on the realities of prostitution with testimonies of survivors and powerful photos.
 
    
➤  For the #16DaysofActivismAgainstVAW follow our daily publications on the Last Girl First Instagram on facts about violence against women in prostitution & ways to fight it! Check our Instagram here
   
Focus of the Month 
Interview of the month : Ghada Jabbour, Author of the new study
"EXIT : Challenges and Needs of Lebanese and Syrian Women in Prostitution"
Ghada Jabbour is a Lebanese abolitionist activist, founder of KAFA and currently leading its anti-trafficking division. A few days ago, she published a report called EXIT: Challenges and Needs of Lebanese and Syrian Women in Prostitution.

You can access the study by clicking on the image or by clicking on the link here.

What motivated you to launch this study? What was your main goal when your started it ?

The Exit study was conceived because there’s a general lack of studies and actions around prostitution in Lebanon. This topic is not acknowledged as a problem or priority by governmental and non-governmental actors. And when talked about, it is always from either the moral/criminal perspective that holds women and persons in prostitution as responsible for the existence of this industry, or from a health perspective. Therefore it was important to understand the risks, challenges, and needs of Lebanese and Syrian women in prostitution that are living in Lebanon, including those that have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. It was equally important to frame prostitution - as very well illustrated by all the women interviewed in the study – as a form of violence against women.

The ultimate goal of the study is to inform programing of the Lebanese government and international and local organizations working on women and violence against women issues to address the needs of prostituted and trafficked women, including the design of effective services and exit programs. It also to inform law and policy makers about needed reforms to comprehensively address prostitution and trafficking in Lebanon.

This study includes a large numbers of testimonies collected from direct interviews with women in prostitution in Lebanon. How did you enter in contact with them ? What was their attitudes towards this study ?

The study adopted a qualitative approach and the results were based on semi-structured interviews completed with 19 women in prostitution as well as focus group discussions with 13 service providers from local and international organizations operating in Lebanon, and interviews with 27 key informants across relevant ministries, law enforcement authorities, UN agencies, local and international nonprofit organizations.

Women participants were recruited and interviewed at female prisons where they were arrested or serving a sentence related to prostitution charges, and at services providers’ organizations. We chose these sites because it shielded women from possible interference by sex buyers, pimps and traffickers, and reduced risks of participating in the study.

We followed a research protocol that was approved by institutional board of ethics (IRB) at the American University of Beirut, and which consisted to having a 2-step recruitment process for women in prison. We would meet potential candidates for an information session about the research and then meet voluntary participants after a waiting period of 48 hours.

While the interview contained questions about experiences of violence during childhood and during the time spend in prostitution, women we encountered were receptive and open to us, and they felt safe to share parts of their stories. Such interviews are also a consciousness awareness too. Several women expressed being happy to talk freely about their experiences.

The study’s interviews were conducted over four months, and the topic is very demanding. What were the main challenges you faced during this process?

 Women in prostitution is a hard to reach population and a population at risk of exploitation and stigmatization. The main challenge was to reach them without putting them at risk. We opted not to interview women in prostitution who are supported throughout Kafa’s work in order to avoid any feeling of obligation or involuntary participation. We therefore recruited women participants in female prisons and through service providers. This made the task harder.. Another challenge was to secure official permits to access prisons, as well as obtain the approval of the IRB at the American University of Beirut. That latter had many delays and took almost 7 months to get approved, which delayed the start of the study.

In this report, you highlight harsh realities that should raise strong concerns on the situation of women in prostitution in Lebanon. Nobody will be able to say « We didn’t know ». Do you hope that it will wake up Lebanese decision-makers and public opinion on the issue of prostitution ?

"That’s what we hope and are working for. However, building public awareness and securing the buy-in of the political class is a long term journey and requires years of activism. We as Kafa are operating almost alone. For Lebanon to become an abolitionist country where women in prostitution are protected and provided with exit programs and alternatives, women organizations and SGVB service providers need to include prostitution among their programmatic priorities, and decisions-makers need to champion a society free of misogyny and prostitution.

Food for Thought

Report 

On November, the UCD Sexual Exploitation Research Programme released a report entitled "Shifting The Burden of Criminality" providing empirical data on the sex trade in Ireland in the light of the 2017 Sexual Offences Act that criminalises the purchase of sex in the country.
The report highlighted the case of a teenager who was coerced into prostitution by her mother and marketed on an “escort” website to appear like a child.


Read the entire report here

   


  

File photograph: Getty Images

Abolitionist short films 

The RedLightOff (#RotlichtAus) Campaign, by our German member Sisters, aims to raise awareness on the violence of prostitution through this series of short films, which underline real stories of prostituted women.

Here is the link to the Youtube page, with all the films in German with English subtitles. 

                               
Extract from the social clip "Feathers" -#RotlichtAus Campaign 
Performance by Justyna Koeke 
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