The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) held a seminar in the European Parliament 16 October on the theme “What is being done to prevent trafficking in women and to assist victims?". Myria Vassiliadou, EWL Secretary-General, gave a general overview of EWL actions and policy work on violence against women, and in particular on trafficking and prostitution.
The results of the Nordic Baltic pilot project, of which the EWL is the regional coordinator, were shared with over 80 seminar participants. National and regional inter-agency cooperation and the development of assistance programmes in the Nordic-Baltic region were highlighted by Malin Björk, EWL Project Director; Jenni Tuominen, MONIKA Multicultural Women’s Association, Finland; and Dovile Rukaite, Women’s Issues Information Centre, Lithuania.
Anna Ekstedt from the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) presented the regional cooperation undertaken through the CBSS to combat trafficking in human beings. The issue of demand for commercial sexual services as a measure to prevent trafficking in women was addressed by Grainne Healy, Chair of the EWL observatory on violence against women and by Dorit Otzen, Director of Reden International.
The seminar was concluded by a questions’ session with EU policy makers: Members of the European Parliament Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne (ALDE), Mrs Svensson (GUE/NGL) and Mrs Lyubcheva (PSE), and from the European Commission: Maria-Grazia Giammarinaro, DG Justice, Freedom and Security. Efforts to step up EU actions and increase the focus on reducing demand were highlighted during this session.
For the programme, press release, and seminar power-points, please see below.
The new EWL/Nordic Baltic Network publication:
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has just released a new publication, which outlines the framework for work against trafficking in women for sexual exploitation in Europe, and highlights the achievements of the Nordic Baltic Network in strengthening support and assistance to women victims of trafficking. The Nordic Baltic Network, comprising of NGOs and government agencies was set up in 2006, to work together to develop the best possible models to support and assist women who are trafficked in all eight participating countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.