To combat prostitution and sex trafficking, Sweden made it illegal to buy sexual services in 1999. Its record since then stands out amid the failures of legalized prostitution elsewhere in Europe.
At a time when some governments are trying – and failing – to combat sex trafficking by legalizing prostitution, Sweden’s innovative approach stands out as an exemplary model of lawmaking that reduces prostitution, penalizes men, and protects women.
“If adopted, such a law would violate the human rights of women who choose to wear a full face veil as an expression of their religious, cultural, political or personal identity or beliefs," said Marek Marczynski, Amnesty International’s researcher on Bosnia and Herzegovina. "It would violate their right to freedom of expression and religion. At the same time, a general ban on wearing full-face veils in public could result in some women being confined to their homes and unable to participate in public life.”
Women’s rights campaigners say the Czech Republic’s new government has effectively told women they have no relevance to the country’s future after the new cabinet was formed – without a single female minister.
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The feminine side of "Solidarity" is often neglected and it makes us speak up for those, who have no place in the masculine myth of "Solidarity".
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) announced on March 8 the launch of an ongoing activity: the creation of its future "Women of Europe" resource pool.
"Arguably, the ''real women'' concept began with Anita Roddick's 1997 Body Shop campaign featuring Ruby, the size-16 Barbie doll, and the tagline, ''There are 3 billion women who don't look like supermodels and only eight who do''. That year, then Cosmopolitan editor Mia Freedman instigated the mag's famed ''Body Love'' policy, allowing ''real women'' of sizes 6 to 16 to feature in fashion stories."
There is no doubt that the Nordic countries lead the world on most indicators of gender equality. Gender equality experts and advocates have long pointed out that in economics, politics and social services, the Nordic countries top the charts. A less noticed equality indicator is that the Nordic countries outpace others in legal action to stem the sex trade by addressing its unnoticed perpetrators -- the mainly male purchasers of women and children in prostitution.
The European Institute for Gender Equality or EIGE is a new EU Agency which supports the EU Institutions and Member States in promoting gender equality, fighting discrimination based on sex and raising awareness about gender issues.
An evaluation of Swedish law shows that criminalising the purchase, but not the sale, of sex, has been a great success.
German chief police reported sex trafficking is on the rise in the country. The chief officer also said that sex trafficking has increased 11 percent from last year and 70% over five year period.
The Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS) has released a Policy Brief Gender Equality and Women‘s Empowerment: Towards More Equitable and Effective Development Cooperation in the Czech Republic.
The ProEquality Centre of the Open Society, p.b.c. has released a new publication the Shadow Report on the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Czech Republic (Beijing +15).
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the biggest umbrella organization of women’s associations in the EU, is lobbying strongly for an agreement on 4 June to move ahead on the European Protection Order.
The exhibition of photographs, which Ms. Harriet Walter began to curate in 2006, celebrates the maturation of women from their mid-40’s to their 90’s. “I wanted to create an exhibition of photographs of beautiful older women as in our image-obsessed society, few things have more power to alter our perceptions than photographs".