[Brussels, 20 November 2014] The issue of violence against women, prostitution and women’s human rights has been high on the agenda this year in the broader Europe: the European Parliament has adopted a resolution qualifying prostitution as a violation of human rights and promoting the Nordic model in order to reach gender equality and protect women and girls. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a similar resolution acknowledging the links between prostitution and trafficking in human beings.
In August 2014, the Norwegian government unveiled the outcomes of an independent evaluation of the Norwegian legislation on prostitution and trafficking. The analysis shows that the Nordic model succeed in deterring trafficking by criminalizing the purchase of sex, and changing mentalities in the population while protecting women and girls from sexual exploitation.
Ahead of the International Human Rights Day (10 December), and before 2015 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the event comes at a strategic times to assess the impact of the Nordic model on gender equality and women’s empowerment. It will gather officials from the Nordic countries, to discuss the recent developments in the Nordic countries when it comes to prostitution and trafficking policies; the roundtable will be followed by an exchange on European developments and perspectives for the future.
Monday 8 December, 2014, at 6.30pm, at the Norwegian Mission to the EU, 17 rue Archimede, Brussels.