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CSW62 parallel event: Rural and urban women unite against sexual exploitation

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Keynote: Indigenous women and girl’s experiences in rural KwaZulu Natal Province
Sizani Ngubane, (South Africa), Founder, Rural Women’s Movement and NGO CSW Forum Woman of Distinction Awardee 2018

Keynote: Sexual exploitation and mobilization of rural women in South Africa – frontline and survivor movement perspectives
Mickey Meji (South Africa), founder of KWANELE survivor movement and representative of Embrace Dignity 

Indigenous women and girls perspectives in rural and urban North America
Nicole Matthews (USA), Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition

Black and Brown women and girls’ experiences in rural and urban North America
Yasmin Vafa (USA), Director, Rights4Girls

Rural women displaced in conflict are invisible victims of sexual exploitation: challenges in postconflict
Erika Veloza,(Colombia) Founder and executive director of GENFAMI – Representative, Iniciativa Pro Equidad de Genero

Per-Anders Sunesson, Ambassador at Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons (Sweden)

Moderation by Zala Zbogar, Communications and Campaigns Officer, CAP International


All over the world and throughout history, women and girls from rural areas, indigenous communities and ethnic minorities have been the primary victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

This year, CSW62’s priority theme is “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Rural women are one of the most discriminated groups of women and girls with intersecting vulnerabilities who are consistently overrepresented in prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation. Overexploited groups include rural, indigenous, women and girls of colour, migrant, refugee, poor, and minority (Dalit, Roma) women. CAP Intl and its members recognise that those disproportionately affected, are the last to be supported by society and by public policies.

Rural women and girls are particularly at risk of being exposed to sexual exploitation and violence. Because of specific vulnerabilities (including dispossession of land and resources, and persistence of traditional laws), they can fall into prostitution or be trafficked to big cities and other countries.

The same is true for other vulnerable groups, such as indigenous women in North America or internally displaced persons in post-conflict Colombia. They can be trafficked domestically from a poor rural area to big cities, within their countries of origin or beyond them. In both cases, traffickers exploit their precarious situation and their specific vulnerabilities.

This situation highlights the need for articulated action between rural and urban women’s movements, to work together in both areas to stop the flow and demand for sexual exploitation.


About us
CAP international is a coalition of 23 frontline NGOs providing direct assistance to victims of sexual exploitation and prostitution in 18 countries and 5 continents. Most of our members provide direct support to A) domestic victims of sexual exploitation from rural areas (India, South Africa, Colombia, Latvia) or to B) foreign victims of trafficking coming from rural areas (i.e Nigerian and Chinese victims exploited in Western Europe, Syrian rural women refugees exploited in Lebanon…). Our members will highlight these specific situations and their work to address it.

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