This week, 400 civil society representatives, leaders and decision makers gathered in New Delhi for the Second World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Women & Girls.
Dear partners and friends,

From 29-31 January 2017, CAP International and its Indian member Apne Aap organised a three day international conference that gathered 400 civil society representatives, leaders & decision makers from 30 countries and 5 continents, including survivors of prostitution, representatives of the most marginalized women and girls (indigenous, low caste, migrant, minorities and women of colour), youth and student movements, trade unions, representatives from the new technologies sector, and members of parliaments.

We're excited to share further info on conference reporting, including panels, embassy receptions, field visits, and media and social media coverage, below.

In solidarity,
CAP International Secretariat

CAP International is a coalition of
fourteen frontline NGOs providing direct assistance to victims of sexual exploitation. 

Pictured: Full house at pre-session event "Global movement of survivors mobilising against sexual exploitation"

The congress events were supported by the embassies of Sweden, France and Australia. Several delegates were welcomed for receptions there or at the ambassadors' residence throughout the week. At the French embassy on Wednesday 31 January Ruchira Gupta, founder of Apne Aap, was honored for her work with the prestigious French legion d'honneur.

Ashley Judd, feminist activist and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, supported the event throughout the week, also making a keynote speech at the opening ceremony, and covered by a range of national and international media outlets (links below). 

Pictured from left: at French embassy, Tinku Khanna, Apne Aap Director; Ruchira Gupta, Apne Aap Founder; Juanita Kakoty, Apne Aap; at World Congress, Ashley Judd, feminist activist.

After the congress, several CAP Intl member and partner representatives attended field visits to Apne Aap’s adopted school and visited the communities Apne Aap works with in Najafgarh, including French MP Catherine Coutelle and former Indian MP Meenakshi Natarajan. 

CAP Intl and Apne Aap also had a follow-up meeting with Maneka Gandhi, Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi to discuss congress outcomes. 

Media coverage
 Reuters - Global sex trade thrives on indigenous, tribal and low-caste women 
 India Today - In Delhi, actress Ashley Judd opens up about being a victim of sexual assault
 She The People - Soni Sori On Sexual Exploitation, Political Stint In Chhattisgarh 
 She The People - Is technology a perpetrator of trafficking and sexual violence?
 She The People - Sex Trafficking Survivors Share Stories Of Ordeal 
 DNA India - Activist Ruchira Gupta awarded prestigious French award
…and much more in the Indian print and digital press

Social media
Search the #lastgirlfirst hashtag on Twitter for all tweets relating to the congress, or have a look at CAP International Twitter, CAP International Facebook, Apne Aap Twitter & Apne Aap Facebook pages.

Events CAP Intl & members are organising & attending

 15 Feb 2017 | Mainz, Germany SOLWODIParlamentarischer Abend für SOLWODI
 9 March 2017 | Paris, France | Fondation Scelles: Concours de plaidoiries des secretaires de la conference
 13 - 24 March 2017 | New York City, USA | CAP International and members attendCommission on the Status of Women 61

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