Across the globe, women and girls, by virtue of their sex, are susceptible to violence and discrimination. Women and girls worldwide are vulnerable to sexual violence, intimate partner abuse, rape, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and harmful cultural practices, such as forced and child marriage, female genital mutilation and widow burning. They face many sex-discriminatory laws or the discriminatory impact of laws that render them second-class citizens.
Despite the estimated data, governments’ political will and their investments into protecting and promoting the rights of women and girls are dangerously lagging.
Gender equality is a prerequisite for global sustainable development and a key tenet of the United Nation's 2030 Agenda. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 reminds governments, the United Nations and civil society that achieving gender equality requires eradicating violence and discrimination against women and girls. In fact, SDG Target 5.2 specifically calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual exploitation and other types of exploitation.
The 5.2 Global Partnership is dedicated to reaching Target 5.2 by 2030. Together with its grassroots networks and the United Nations, its agencies and regional bodies, the Partnership accelerates action and investments to end violence against women and girls, in particular trafficking and sexual exploitation, sexual violence, and sexual harassment. It invites the collaboration and membership, of the United Nations and its agencies, governments, the private sector, academia, philanthropic entities and individuals, and other members of civil society to reach these goals.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and the Comisión para la investigación de los malos tratos contra las mujeres are hosting a global conference in Madrid, Spain on Feb. 4-5, 2019 to further build the architecture of the 5.2 Global Partnership, and we want you to join us. Global advocates are needed to work together toward innovative solutions to tackle human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and girls. In turn, you will be afforded the opportunity to network and collaborate with other worldwide advocates and experts in the anti-trafficking and women's rights movements.
Speakers will include, among many others, Pilar Llop, Delegate, the Spanish Government’s Office to Combat Violence Against Women, Ministry of the Presidency; Rachel Moran, author of "Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution;" Dalia Leinarte, Chair of the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW chair); Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, psychologist and traumatologist; survivor leaders Mickey Meji, founder of Kwanele, and Amelia Tiganus, member of Femicido.net; Beatriz Sánchez Álvarez, Assistant Public Prosecutor on Immigration Matters; and Ambassador Per-Anders Sunesson, Ambassador-at-Large on Trafficking in Persons for the Foreign Ministry of Sweden.
We can’t wait to see you in Madrid!
The program is under development. This schedule is subject to change.
8:45 – 9:30 – REGISTRATION
9:15 – 10:00 – INAUGURAL REMARKS
10:00 – 11:15 – PANEL 1
Roundtable Discussion: The Long and Winding Road: Successes and Challenges of CATW’s 30 Years In The Movement To End The Trafficking And Sexual Exploitation In Women And Girls
11:15 – 11:35 – COFFEE BREAK
11:45 – 12:30 – PANEL 2
The United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and Women’s Rights: How Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Targets 5.2, 8.7 and 16.2 Contribute to Ending Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
12:30– 13:15 – PANEL 3
The Importance of Building a Knowledge Base on the Harms of the Global Sex Trade
13:15 – 15:00 – LUNCH
15:00 – 16:45 – PANEL 4
Exposing the Truths about the Sex Trade: How to Address the Influence of the Media, Pornography and Cultural Acceptance of Sexual Violence Against Women
9:45 – 11:00 – PANEL 5
No Sustainable or Successful Outcomes Without Us: Sex Trade Survivors Leading the Way in Ending Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
11:00-11:15 – COFFEE BREAK
11:15 – 12:30 – PANEL 6
Combating the Demand for Prostitution as a Preventative Measure to End Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
12:30 – 13:45 – PANEL 7
Roundtable Discussion: The Rising Generation of Abolitionists: Developing New Paths and Highlighting Links Between the Sex Trade and Inequalities Based on Sex, Race and Other Vulnerabilities
13:45 -15:15 – LUNCH
15:15-16:30 – PANEL 8
Building the 5.2 Global Partnership and its Links with United Nations Instruments and the Other Sustainable Development Goals: Next Steps
16:30-18:30 – LABORATORIES FOR CHANGE: BREAK-OUT STRATEGY SESSIONS
18:30 CLOSING REMARKS
We're excited to see you at the conference! A registration confirmation is on its way to your inbox now. Please make sure to bring a copy with you to present at the door on Feb. 4 and 5. You will not be admitted without a copy of your registration.