Förra veckan avslutades FN:s internationella toppmöte för kvinnors rättigheter i New York. Efter mötet har en mängd internationella kvinnorättsorganisationer, forskare, politiker, överlevare av prostitution, aktivister med flera gått samman i en gemensam skrivelse. I brevet uppmanas Tysklands förbundskansler Angela Merkel att se till att landet ratificerar FN:s konvention mot prostitution och människohandel. Sveriges Kvinnolobby har undertecknat brevet.

To the Right Honourable Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995.

In connection with the United Nations Commission on the Status on Women and the commemoration of the Beijing Platform for Action, hundreds of organisations working for the promotion and protection of equality for women are in New York to assess and discuss the progress made for women and girls’ rights in the past 20 years.

Among the challenges to equality for women are many forms of discrimination against women, their poverty and their sexual exploitation which underpins their lack of status and opportunities worldwide.

It is in this context that we ask you to ensure that Germany will finally ratify the UN human rights Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. This Convention was approved by the General Assembly in its resolution 317 (IV) of 2 December 1949 and entered into force on 25 July 1951. Its ratification by Germany is long overdue.

We would also like to draw your attention to the European Parliament Resolution of 26 February 2014 on sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality  which, in its very first article “recognises that prostitution, forced prostitution and sexual exploitation are highly gendered issues and violations of human dignity, contrary to human rights principles, among which gender equality, and therefore contrary to the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, including the goal and the principle of gender equality”.

In addition, we respectfully ask that you to take into consideration the Resolution “Prostitution, trafficking and modern slavery in Europe,” adopted on the 8th of April 2014 by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and in particular its explicit recommendation for States to “consider criminalising the purchase of sexual services, based on the Swedish model, as the most effective tool for preventing and combating trafficking in human beings”.

Finally, we ask you to honour, support and reliably and responsibly implement the

  • “Report of the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities.” from 6 March 1991
  • UN Resolution 40/103 “Prevention of Prostitution” passed on 13 December 1985
  • UN Economic and Social Council resolutions 1988/34 of 27 May 1988
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly
  • Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (“Palermo Protocol”)

Seeing these international human rights agreements honoured in a country as rich and important as Germany is a vital step for women’s rights to a safe and free and equal life. A disregard of these basic principles by a country like Germany sets a sad example worldwide.

The world is watching whether Germany will reverse its legislation that, according to your own official country reports, has had “hardly any measureable positive impact” on the lives of women in prostitution nor  reduced  the criminal trafficking of women into the sex industry.”

We therefore call on you as one of the most influential and important leaders in the world, to place the promotion of women’s rights, guaranteed by internationally binding laws and conventions, at the top of your agenda.

We thank you, Chancellor Merkel, for your careful consideration to these urgent matters.

Sincerely yours,

Kathleen Barry, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of Penn State University

ABOLISH PROSTITUTION NOW (USA/International)

ABOLITION 2014 (Germany)

ACTION AGAINST VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION, INC. (ACTVE) ( Philippines)

Ruchira Gupta

Founder and President

APNE AAP WOMEN WORLDWIDE (India)

ASSOCIAZIONE DORAD (Italy)

ASSOCIAZIONE IROKO ONLUS (Italy)

BAGONG KAMALAYAN SURVIVORS GROUP (Philippines)

Lidia Balogh (Hungary)

Anna Betlen (Hungary)

Inge Hauschildt-Schoen

BI-GEGEN-BORDELL (Germany)

Julie Bindel (United Kingdom)

Vednita Carter

Founder and Executive Director

BREAKING FREE (USA)

BUKLOD NG KABABAIHAN (Prostitution Survivors) (Philippines)

Iliana Stoicheva
National Coordinator

BULGARIAN WOMEN’S LOBBY (Bulgaria)

Twiss Butler (USA)

Kristina Misiniene

CARITAS (Lithuania)

Sonja Lokar
Executive Director
CEE NETWORK FOR GENDER ISSUES (Slovenia)

Teodora Krumova

Deputy Chair

CENTER AMALIPE (Bulgaria)

Silvia Chejter

CENTRO DE ENCUENTROS CULTURA Y MUJER  (Argentina)

CHICAGO ALLIANCE AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (USA)

Marie-Noëlle Bas

CHIENNES DE GARDE (France)

Aiyoung Choi

Advisory Council – CATW (USA)

Taina Bien-Aimé

Executive Director

COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN (USA/International)

Jean Enriquez

Executive Director

COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN – ASIA PACIFIC

Teresa C. Ulloa Ziáurriz
Regional  Director

COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN – LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

Asunción Miura

COMISIÓN PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN DE MALOS TRATOS A MUJERES (Spain)

Diane MatteCoordinatrice

CONCERTATION DES LUTTES CONTRE L’EXPLOITATION SEXUELLE (La CLES)(Canada)

CONSEIL DES FEMMES FRANCOPHONES DE BELGIQUE (Belgium)

Anik Raskin

Chargée de Direction

CONSEIL NATIONAL DES FEMMES DU LUXEMBOURG (Luxembourg)

Jana Chržová

Chairperson

CZECH WOMEN’S UNION

CZECH WOMEN’S LOBBY (Czech Republic)

DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ACTIVE WOMEN NETWORKING

FOUNDATION (DAWN Foundation) (Philippines)

Heather Harvey

Research and Development Manager

EAVES FOR WOMEN (United Kingdom)

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge

Executive Director

EMBRACE DIGNITY (South Africa)

Florence Montreynaud

ENCORE FÉMINISTES (France/International)

Yasmeen Hassan

Global Director

EQUALITY NOW (USA/International)

EUROMED FEMINIST INITIATIVE IFE-EFI (France)

Anna Zobnina
Chair
EUROPEAN NETWORK OF MIGRANT WOMEN

Viviane Teitelbaum

President

EWL – EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY

FEMMES SOLIDAIRES (France)

Dr. Renate Klein

FINRRAGE (Australia)

Louise Lindfors

President

FREDRIKA BREMER SOCIETY (Sweden)

Pat and Gerard Gartlan (Australia)

Yolande Geadah (Canada)

Agnès Baron

Véronique Colomies

Lilly Devasia

Marie Luc Dordonat

Maria Dutra

Magdalena Franciscus

Marie Françoise Le Brizaut

Marie Paule Richard

Leadership Team

GOOD SHEPHERD EUROPE (BFMN) (Belgium/France/Hungary/Netherlands)

Winifred Doherty

GOOD SHEPHERD INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE PEACE OFFICE – NEW YORK (USA)

Rosa Mary Corral García

GOOD SHEPHERD –  LA PROVINCIA DE ESPAÑA DEL BUEN PASTOR (Spain)

Rosemary Kean

GOOD SHEPHERD – PROVINCE OF GREAT BRITAIN (United Kingdom)

Angela Ricci

GOOD SHEPHERD – PROVINCE OF ITALY/MALTA

Nimmi Gowrinathan, Ph.D.

Director, Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative

Colin Powell School, City College New York (USA)

Marcela Virginia Rodríguez

Argentinian Parlamentarian (2001-2013)

GROUP JUSTICE AND GENDER – CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS INTERDISCIPLINARIOS PARA EL ESTUDIO DE POLÍTICAS PÚBLICAS – CIEPP   ( Argentina)

Borbála Juhász

Chair

HUNGARIAN WOMEN’S LOBBY (Hungary)

Nusha Yonkova

Anti-Trafficking Manager

IMMIGRANT COUNCIL OF IRELAND (Ireland)

Gunhild Mewes

Maya Schnitzler

INITIATIVE FÜR GERECHTIGKEIT BEI SEXUELLER GEWALT (Germany)

Inge Kleine

INITIATIVE STOP SEXKAUF (Germany)

ABOLITION 2014 (Germany)

Susana Chiarotti Boero

INSGENAR (INSTITUTO DE GENERO, DERECHO Y DESARROLLO) (Argentina)

Toni Van Pelt

President

INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND HUMAN VALUES  (USA)

Siusi Casaccia

Chair

ITALIAN WOMEN’S LOBBY (Italy)

Prof Sheila Jeffreys

School of Social and Political Sciences

University of Melbourne (Australia)

Ulrike Maier

KARLSRUHER APPELL (Germany)

Helle Jarlmose

Secretary General

KFUKS SOCIALE ARBEJDE (Denmark)

Dr. Dalia Puidokienė

Executive Director

KLAIPEDA SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES CENTER (Lithuania)

Anita Heiliger

KOFRA MÜNCHEN (Germany)

INITIATIVE STOP SEXKAUF (Germany)

Pascale Maquestiau
LE MONDE SELON LES FEMMES (Belgium)

Laure Caille
General Secretary

LIBRES MARIANNES (France)

Joyce Folwazcny

Director

MAISHA E.V.-AFRICAN WOMEN IN GERMANY (Germany)

Lorraine Spiteri

Chairperson

MALTA CONFEDERATION OF WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS (MCWO)(Malta)

Hanne Helth

Spokesperson

MARCH 8 INITIATIVE (Denmark)

Iluta Lāce

MARTA RESOURCE CENTRE FOR WOMEN (Latvia)

Susana Pavlou

Director, MEDITERRANEAN INSTITUTE OF GENDER STUDIES

President, CYPRUS WOMEN’S LOBBY (Cyprus)

Natalja Kurčinskaja

Director

MISSING PERSONS’ FAMILIES SUPPORT CENTRE (Lithuania)

MOUVEMENT DU NID (France)

Annette Lawson

NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS (United Kingdom)

Terry O’Neill

President

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (USA)

Karen Ingala Smith

Chief Executive

NIA ENDING VIOLENCE (United Kingdom)

NISA UL HAQQ FI BANGSAMORO (Philippines)

Caroline Norma

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

RMIT University (Australia)

Matthew Holloway

National Secretary

NorMAC (Australia)

Durdica Kolarec

Coordinator

PETRA NETWORK (Prevention and Elimination of Trafficking in Women)(Croatia)

Dianne Post

International Human Rights Attorney (USA)

Melissa Farley, Ph.D.

Executive Director

PROSTITUTION RESEARCH & EDUCATION (USA)

Janice G. Raymond, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA)

Malin Roux Johansson

Executive Director

REALSTARS (Sweden)

Michèle Vianès
President

REGARDS DE FEMMES (France)

RENEW FOUNDATION (Philippines)

RESISTENZA FEMMINISTA (Italy)

Lesley Rimmel
Core Faculty Member, Gender and Women’s Studies Program

Oklahoma State University (USA)

Karin Svensson

Chairwoman

ROKS (Sweden)

Laura Albu

President

ROMANIAN WOMEN’S LOBBY (Romania)

Sarah Benson

CEO

RUHAMA (Ireland)

Reka Safrany (Hungary)

SAMARITANA TRANSFORMATION MINISTRIES (Philippines)

Judge Judy Harris Kluger

Executive Director

SANCTUARY FOR FAMILIES (USA)

SANLAAP (India)

Lynn Savarese, Esq. (USA)

Dr. Ingeborg Kraus

SCIENTISTS FOR A WORLD WITHOUT PROSTITUTION (Germany)

Sr. Lea Ackermann

SOLWODI (Germany)

Michèle Dayras

President

SOS SEXISME (France)

SPACE ALLIES (Japan)

SPACE INTERNATIONAL (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightment)

Gloria Steinem (USA)

Guðrún Jónsdóttir

Spokesperson

STIGAMOT (Iceland)

Autumn Burris

Founding Director

SURVIVORS FOR SOLUTIONS (USA)

Gertrud Åström

President

SWEDISH WOMEN’S LOBBY

TALIKALA (Philippines)

Christa Stolle

Member of the Board and General Secretary

Karen Ehlers

Solveig Senft

Yvonne Smidt

Members

TERRE DES FEMMES (Germany)

Gunilla Hjelm

Chairperson

THE CENTER WOMEN OF SWEDEN (Sweden)

Françoise Morvan

President

THE FRENCH COORDINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN WOMEN’S LOBBY (France)

Anne K. Ream
THE VOICES AND FACES PROJECT (USA)

Agnete Strøm

International Liaison

THE WOMEN’S FRONT (Norway)

Zandra Kanakaris, President
Olga Persson, Secretary-General

UNIZON (Sweden)

Isla MacGregor
WHISTLEBLOWERS TASMANIA (Australia)

Lisa Wiesbaden (Germany)

Lynda Dearlove

CEO

WOMEN@THEWELL (United Kingdom)

Trine Porret Randahl Larsen

President

WOMEN’S COUNCIL IN DENMARK (Denmark)

Rada Borič

Sanja Juras

Durdica Kolarec

Mirjana Kucer

Biserka Momcinovic

Nela Pamukovic

WOMEN’S NETWORK OF CROATIA (Croatia)

Edite Kalnina

Board Member

WOMEN’ S NGOS COOPERATION NETWORK (Latvia)