After Paris (2014) and New-Delhi (2017), CAP intl hold its third world congress against the sexual exploitation of women and girls in Mainz (Germany). The Congress gathered an impressive crowd of 400 activists (including many young German feminists) from around 30 countries.
The 3-days event was preceded by a 200 kms international survivors march (from France to Germany) initiated by French survivor Rosen Hicher, in close cooperation with German and international survivors.
At their arrival in Mainz, our Congress was thus opened by a final protest rally and a press conference from 12 international survivors leaders. The march, the protest and the Congress main conference itself brought an impressive national media coverage.
The conference brought together fantastic speakers, including from CAP intl global membership.
You will find here a short video giving a good overview of the Congress dynamic:
As for every Congress, CAP intl also hold its General Assembly. The movement keeps growing quickly and gathers now 34 domestic organisations from 27.
Beyond this, we are now realising that the Congress made a significant contribution to building a new abolitionist momentum in Germany. First of all, CAP intl initiated and released an abolitionist manifesto: the Mainzer Erklärung, signed by 1000 NGOs and figures.
And we have learnt today in the German media article that key women leaders from the SPD (German Socialist Party) are now publicly calling for the adoption of the Nordic model in Germany and for its inclusion in the political programme of their political party. These leaders were all present at our Congress and can have a significant influence on their political party. The article makes a direct reference to our Congress as an illustration of an abolitionist “momentum” in Germany.