CSW61: Prostitution – not a choice, not a job

Prostitution is not work. It is not sex and it is definitely not “sex work”. It is violence against women, an obstacle to gender equality and a crime against women’s human rights. Welcome to an event on how to combat prostitution during the 61 session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Wrongly turning sexual slavery into “sex work” goes against empowering women and girls. Any system that is built upon the notion that men have the right to buy women and girls only empowers men.

Eliminating the prostitution and pornography industry is necessary in order to achieve gender equality. The women and girls in the prostitution and porn industry have the right to live free from violence.

The NGO CSW has denied several organizations to host seminars on prostitution and pornography. This is why we, a number of organizations have united to host the event Prostitution – not a choice not a job.

Julie Bindel, writer, feminist, and co-founder of the law-reform group Justice for Women
Gail Dines, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts
Cherie Jimenez, Space International
Per-Anders Sunesson, Ambassador at Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Moderator: Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby

Location: Church of Sweden, 5 East 48th Street, New York
More info: unizon.se
Please RSVP to: info@unizon.se

Facebook event.

Hosted by the Swedish CSW-network: Unizon, Swedish Women’s lobby, Roks, the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters in Sweden, Neither Whore Nor Subdued, Women Organisation of Sweden, the Girl Child Platform, The National Federation of Immigrant Women Associations, Swedish Women of the Left.


The sixty-first session of the CSW takes place in New York, March 13 – 24. The main theme is Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Clara Berglund, Secretary General of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, is part of the Swedish delegation led by the Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér. The Swedish Women’s Lobby will hold events and seminars together with our member organisations about the gender pay gap and prostitution.

More information about the CSW 61 can be found here and the NGO Forum here.