The Portuguese version of the Brussels Call brochure is already available to download! In the context of the project “EXIT – Human Rights of women not to be prostituted” promoted by the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights and co-financed by the EEA Grants Active Citizens Fund, managed in Portugal by the Gulbenkian Foundation and Bissaya-Barreto Foundation.
The brochure was translated by EOS - Association for studies, cooperation and development, and has been widely disseminated among young people in Portugal and other key actors. After four training sessions for young abolitionists, youth activists are now organizing awareness-raising sessions all over the country about the system of prostitution and its impact on equality between women and men, boys and girls.
Some of these young activists also self-organized to create the Portuguese branch of the global movement Generation Abolition, for a future free from the system of prostitution and the oppression of women and girls.
The main partners of the EXIT project are the Women’s Front of Norway (Kvinnefronten), but it also involves many other Portuguese organizations committed to combating the system of prostitution and promoting the human rights of women and girls. From established women’s organizations to frontline services providers and youth collectives, the EXIT project seizes the potential of engaged abolitionist activists in Portugal to promote behavior modification and policy and legislative initiatives regarding the system of prostitution.
In October 2019, the training for young abolitionists was presented to members of the Brussels’ Call and one representative from the collective Generation Abolition was present at the high-level Brussels Call conference in the European Parliament, to discuss pornography and sexual exploitation. One of youth activists also participated and wrote an article about the Brussels Call conference.
Besides mobilizing young people to combat the system of prostitution and promote the Equality Model, EXIT also includes a research project on women in prostitution in Portugal and the nationwide campaign #ExitProstitution, supported by a website and social media accounts. It will also soon promote many other thought-provoking public actions.
You can follow the project on Facebook (EXIT – Direitos Humanos das Mulheres a não serem prostituídas) and on Instagram (@exit_prostitution).