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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Wed, 12 Aug 1998 05:50:13 -0700 (PDT)


Women's Initiatives and Activities Worldwide
by Anne S. Walker

International Women's Tribune Centre,
777 United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY 10017,
Tel: (1-212) 687-8633.
Fax: (1-212) 661-2704.
e-mail: iwtc@igc.apc.org

August 11, 1998


Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Meets in Dhaka,
Bangladesh, June 26-29, 1998. Participants came from 16
countries across South and East Asia, representing
organizations working in women's and children's rights and the
suppression of trafficking and prostitution. Women in prostitution
were also active participants. Recommendations included: That
governments protect and promote women's human, civil and
constitutional rights while they are in conditions of sex trafficking
and prostitution, and at the same time eliminate the causes; that
governments decriminalize women in conditions of sex
trafficking or prostitution, and penalize the recruiters, procurers
and buyers; that governments reject any policy or law that
legitimizes sex trafficking or prostitution; that governments and
NGOs put resources at the disposal of women who have been in
conditions of sex trafficking or prostitution, including credit, small
enterprise training, and other social, medical and personal
services. For more information, contact: Donna Hughes,
at e-mail: <at e-mail: <dhughes@uriacc. uri. edu>. (From HURINet - The
Human Rights Information Network, e-mail: <DEBRA@oln.comlink.apc.org>

Global Survival Network (GSN) Initiates Research on How
States Respond to Trafficking: GSN has initiated this study
in an effort to further encourage governments to treat trafficking
as a labour and human rights issue, and to adopt the
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) definition of
trafficking in women, in which some form of abuse or coercion
is required. People are invited to submit examples of how state
institutions (especially law enforcement agencies) have
responded to cases of trafficking for forced prostitution or other
kinds of forced labour. Contact Global Survival Network at:
E-mail <ingsn@igc.apc.org>.

International Report Prepared on Trafficking in Women: GAATW
(see above) and the Foundation Against Trafficking Women
(STV) prepared this report: 1)To provide the UN Special
Rapporteur on Violence Against Women with the relevant
information for her report to the Commission on Human Rights,
and: 2) To further the work of NGOs by strengthening and
mobilizing contacts in the field and bringing together information
and networks. GAATW would like to expand its services and
networking with members and friends via e-mail and the Internet.
Send your e-mail address to them, and check out their Web Site.
E-mail: <gaatw@mozart.inet.co.th>.
Web site: <www.inet.co.th/org/gaatw>.

Sex Tourism, Sex Work and Caribbean Development
Paradigms, Jamaica, July 16-17, 1998: This conference
presented findings from a research project on tourism and the
sex trade that took place in various Caribbean countries during
1997-1998. Presenters included project researchers as well as
representatives from Caribbean sex workers' organizations.
Contact: Imani Tafari-Ama, Centre for Gender and Development
Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7,
Jamaica. Fax: (1-876) 927-1913.
E-mail: <itafari@uwimona.edu.jm>.

Resources for Women Activists Fighting Against Sex Trafficking:
1) Small Grants Programme: This programme supports
international, regional and national projects that address the
problem of trafficking in women. Maximum amount for each grant
is US$5,000. NGOs located in the countries of the Open Society
Institute (OSI) Network are eligible to apply, including: Albania,
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Bulgaria, Burma, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia,
Haiti, Hungary, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania,
Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, Russia,
Slovakia, Slovenia, S. Africa, Tajistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and
Yugoslavia. Deadline for applications: September 1, 1998.
Contact: Open Society Institute/Network Women's Programme,
Nador u.11, 1051 Budapest, Hungary. Fax: (361) 327-3864.
E-mail: <womenpro@osi.hu>.
2) Women, Ink: IWTC's women
and development publications service has three excellent titles
on trafficking in its human rights collection: 'Stolen Lives: Trading
Women into Sex and Slavery', by Sietske Altink; 'The Traffic in
Women: Human Realities of the International Sex Trade', by
Siriporn Skrobanek, Nattaya Boonpakdee and Chutima
Jantateroo; and 'Trafficking in Women: Forced Labour and
Slavery-Like Practices in Marriage, Domestic Labour and
Prostitution', by Marjan Wijers and Lin Lap-Chew.
For information on how to purchase, contact: Women, Ink.,
777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA.
Tel: (1-212) 687-8633. Fax: (1-212) 661-2704.
E-mail: <wink@womenink.org>.
Web site: <www.womenink.org>.

Special Note: All of us at IWTC extend our heartfelt sympathy
and support to those who have suffered devastating losses in
Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Tanzania.

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