READ: member news from Colombia and South Africa
WATCH: video of CAP Intl's recommendations to European Union

Dear partners and friends,
We are excited to share positive news from four continents today.
Last week in Colombia and South Africa, strides were made for the decriminalisation of prostituted persons thanks also to CAP Intl frontline members' work advocating for victims’ rights. 
In India, Apne Aap organised a three-city international consultation on sex trafficking and the Last Girl.
In the European Union, CAP Intl was invited to speak and share its analysis and recommendations at a high-level colloquium on women’s rights, which you can watch below.
Wishing you an energetic and fruitful 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence,
CAP International Secretariat

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

News from our members: Strides for the decriminalisation of victims of prostitution in Colombia and South Africa
In Colombia and South Africa last week, frontline organisations played a key role in bringing the lived experiences of women in situation of prostitution to the policy-making table, to ensure access to victims’ rights.
CAP Intl and its members’ top priority is to ensure that victims of prostitution are decriminalised, and that the burden is shifted by applying repressive measures to their exploiters, namely pimps, traffickers, brothel-owners and sex buyers, while increasing exit options for victims.

Colombia: Lawsuit against the Police Code to protect the rights of people in situation of prostitution

With the objective of protecting the rights of persons in situation of prostitution, Colombian congress members Ángela María Robledo (Alianza Verde), Alirio Uribe and Iván Cepeda (Polo Democrático) in conjunction with the Colombian Commission of Jurists, the Corporación Sisma Mujer, the Collective of Lawyers José Alvear Restrepo and Iniciativa por la Equidad de Género, filed a lawsuit on 22 November 2017 against the articles in the Police Code that violate the rights of persons in situation of prostitution. Iniciativa acknowledges the strategic support of CATW through Reuters' Trust Law, which was key to the initial discussions and to bring attention and the participation on many social sectors to work and support the challenge.
The lawsuit is focused on articles 43 and 44 of the Police Code aimed at the rules regarding the practice of prostitution.
According to Congresswoman Ángela María Robledo: "This lawsuit seeks to protect especially the rights of women, who represent 90% of those engaged in this practice, and who are considered to be in a situation of extreme vulnerability. According to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2015), women and girls mostly enter prostitution between 14 and 17 years.
Read the full press release (en español ).

South Africa: High Level Parliament Report Aligns With Equality Model of Prostitution Policy
In South Africa, Embrace Dignity recently provided expert input to a parliamentary report of the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change.
Embrace Dignity welcomes the recommendation by the report that parliament should introduce legislative changes to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Act 32 of 2007 by decriminalising those who sell sex.
The report stated that at the moment “the law does not protect those who sell sex, often out of necessity, making them vulnerable to abuse by their clientele, the police, stigma, unfair discrimination, random arrests, the denial of medication, violence and exploitation, as well as driving prostitution and those who sell sex to the periphery of society.”
Decriminalising the victims of the system of prostitution represents a powerful first step toward equality. This marks a movement from prohibition to abolition, in a prohibitionist state where victims of prostitution are criminalised.
Read Embrace Dignity’s full press release.

India: Three-City Feminist Abolitionist International Consultations on Child Labour, Sex Trafficking and the Last Girl

On 24-25 November, Apne Aap organised a three-city feminist abolitionist international consultation on sex trafficking, the Last Girl and child labour. During this consultation, regional dynamics were discussed and interventions made by minority rights activist Soni Sori, feminist, author and academic Maleka Begum, and Sweden's Ambassador for Combating Trafficking in Persons Per-Anders Sunesson.
Follow @ApneAap on Twitter for more information.

VIDEO: CAP Intl calls on EU 28 Member States to follow Nordic Model
Last week, CAP Intl was invited by European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans to speak during a high-level colloquium on women’s rights.
We urged the EU to harmonise its 28 Member States’ domestic legislation by adhering to the Nordic Model, decriminalising victims of prostitution, criminalising exploiters, namely pimps, brothel-owners and sex buyers, and increasing support for exit options.
Watch our analysis and recommendations, as well as other panelists’ contributions, here:

In the media
 Prostitution et SociétéLes débuts des parcours de sortie, November 2017
 Vatican radio 1Congrès au Vatican sur l’assistance aux victimes de la traite humaine, 6 November 2017
 W RadioLegalizar la prostitución es perpetuar los roles de esclavitud y violencia: Mabel Lozano, 20 November 2017

 El Espectador, Radican demanda contra Código de Policía para proteger derechos de personas en situación de prostitución, 22 November 2017

Events CAP Intl & members have been organising & attending

Key:  = member event = CAP Intl event

 12-23 March 2018 | United Nations, New York, USA | CAP Intl and members participate: Commission on the Status of Women 62
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