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Publication: Abolitionist Responses to a Request by UN Women Regarding UN Women’s “Approach to Prostitution, the Sex Trade & Sex Work” (2016)

On 8 September 2016, UN Women released a request for a public «consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution«.

UN Women says that it does not have an explicit policy position on prostitution, and stated that it was in the process of developing such a position. It stated that »policy development will be grounded in international standards that guide UN Women’s work and an international human rights framework, including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.«

UN Women requested contributions from various people and groups, agencies and organizations which have an interest in this issue including: survivors of prostitution and groups representing them, feminist and women’s rights organizations, »sex workers/ sex worker groups«. The views of other UN entities and Member States were also welcomed.

We have compiled over 50 responses to the UN Women consultation from NGOs and individuals around the world. Download it here.

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