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Human Rights-Based Approach

“States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to suppress all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of prostitution of women”
ARTICLE 6 CEDAW CONVENTION

The system of prostitution is a violation of human rights and a fundamental obstacle to gender equality. International human rights law recognises prostitution as such, and prohibits its exploitation. For States to respect their obligation to eliminate the exploitation of prostitution to respect human rights, they must implement abolitionist policies.

Our coalition advocates for the universal elimination of the exploitation of the prostitution of others, holding states accountable to their obligations under article 6 of the CEDAW Convention, the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, and the Palermo protocol.