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Human Rights-Based Approach

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 holds states accountable to their obligations in multiple international arenas, including UN Women, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We have also mobilised against large international NGOs’ worrying positioning for the decriminalisation of pimps and buyers, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

Read our position paper Prostitution under International Human Rights law: an analysis of states’ obligations and the best ways to implement them to learn more.