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Sex trade without borders – How can the Swedish sex purchase law be strengthened? - EWL members’ Conference in Stockholm on 26 September 2012

[Brussels, 12 September 2012] In the framework of EWL’s campaign ‘Together for a Europe free from prostitution’, the Swedish Women’s Lobby organises on 26 September 2012 a European conference aiming at discussing how to strengthen the Swedish sex purchase law.

The Swedish sex purchase law has proved great success in the work against prostitution and towards increased equality between women and men. However, increased globalisation and tourism brings new challenges as the sex trade transcends national borders. On the World Tourism Day, the Swedish Women’s Lobby and the European Women’s Lobby organise a conference on prostitution and sex tourism to discuss new ways forward:

  • How can the sex purchase law be strengthened? Should Sweden criminalize sex purchase abroad as Norway has done?
  • How can companies, hotels and unions work against sex tourism and prostitution?

See the programme below in English, here in Swedish, and also on facebook.


Part 1 How can the Swedish sex crime law be strengthened?

Beatrice Ask, Minister of Justice (tbc)

Kirsti Bergstø (sv), Former state secretary Norway’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Co-author of the book No to purchase of sex and body –the Nordic battle to criminalise purchase of sex

Morgan Johansson (s), Chair, Justice Committee

Part 2 - Is it possible to extend the Swedish model to Europe?

Mikael Gustafsson, Chair, the European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

Pierrette Pape, Policy Officer and Project Manager for the EWL campaign “Together for a Europe free from prostitution”, European Women’s Lobby

Part 3 - How can companies, hotels and unions work against prostitution?

Eva Brunnberg, Marketing director, Best Western Hotels

Representative from the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union

Tove Möller, Social responsibility, Swedavia, Swedish Airports

Claudio Skubla, Marketing and Communications Director, the Swedish Taxi Association

Parul Sharma, Vice President Global Responsibility, Stora Enso

Moderator: Kajsa Ekis Ekman, author & journalist

Date: September 26, 2012. 9.00–12.00 - Location: Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, Nybrokajen 9, Stockholm

Register by 21 September, to stephanie.thogersen@sverigeskvinnolobby.se.

Programme to be confirmed on the day.

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