International Women’s Day


In Celebration of the 100
th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity) and EVE (Formerly Exploited Voices now Educating) present

Prostitution and Women’s Equality-Imagining More for Women

The sexual exploitation of girls and women in the commercial sex trade is a human rights crisis and a direct hindrance to women’s equality. Some argue that prostitution is a harmless commercial transaction between consenting adults. We refute this. Prostitution is violence against women. It is driven by the male demand for sexual access to the bodies of women and children and must be treated as a form of gendered and often racialized violence. Prostitution cannot be made safe through decriminalization and regulation. Join us as we host Gunilla Ekberg, Swedish-Canadian lawyer and expert on the international human rights of women and girls, presenting on the Nordic Model of law and policy- an alternative to complete decriminalization that enshrines the dignity of women and addresses the male demand for paid sex. We will also be hosting guest panellists from our community.

March 8: Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch, 6-8pm

Featuring-
Gunilla Ekberg – International Women’s Human Rights Consultant
Trisha Baptie – Formerly Exploited Voices now Educating (EVE)
Lee Lakeman – Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres

March 10: Vancouver Downtown Library’s Alice Mackay Room, 7-9pm


In Celebration of the 100
th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity) and EVE (Formerly Exploited Voices now Educating) present

Prostitution and Women’s Equality-Imagining More for Women

The sexual exploitation of girls and women in the commercial sex trade is a human rights crisis and a direct hindrance to women’s equality. Some argue that prostitution is a harmless commercial transaction between consenting adults. We refute this. Prostitution is violence against women. It is driven by the male demand for sexual access to the bodies of women and children and must be treated as a form of gendered and often racialized violence. Prostitution cannot be made safe through decriminalization and regulation. Join us as we host Gunilla Ekberg, Swedish-Canadian lawyer and expert on the international human rights of women and girls, presenting on the Nordic Model of law and policy- an alternative to complete decriminalization that enshrines the dignity of women and addresses the male demand for paid sex. We will also be hosting guest panellists from our community.

March 8: Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch, 6-8pm

Featuring-
Gunilla Ekberg – International Women’s Human Rights Consultant
Trisha Baptie – Formerly Exploited Voices now Educating (EVE)
Lee Lakeman – Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres

March 10: Vancouver Downtown Library’s Alice Mackay Room, 7-9pm

Featuring-
Gunilla Ekberg – International Women’s Human Rights Consultant
Aboriginal Women’s Action Network (AWAN)
Trisha Baptie – Formerly Exploited Voices now Educating (EVE)

Presented in Collaboration with Aboriginal Women’s Action Network (AWAN), Women’s Faith Groups, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, University Women’s Club, Emancipation Now and Vancouver Council of Women

For more information contact Michelle Miller @ 604.725.3838 or Trisha Baptie @ 604.518.4798