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caldwellg@lchr.org
Date: Wed Feb 17 1999 - 17:57:09 EST


Dear List
This was posted to the UNIFEM End Violence List-Serve and I thought some of you
might want to weigh in.

You can send responses to <end-violence@edc-cit.org>

Gillian Caldwell
Director, WITNESS
333 Seventh Ave, 13th Floor
NY NY 10001
tel 212-845-5252
fax 212-845-5299
www.witness.org

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Dear Working Group Members,

At the international and regional levels, governments are now actively
engaged in debates about trafficking in women, including trafficking for
purposes of economic exploitation and sexual exploitation. Women's human
rights advocates -- many of them UNIFEM partners -- have emphasized the
need to address the root causes of trafficking, particularly 1) systemic
discrimination against women, 2) the impact of economic globalization on
women and on national economies, and 3) the effects of the economic
policies of international financial institutions and development
institutions. Through its programs aimed at promoting women's human
rights and their economic empowerment, UNIFEM is attempting to address
these root causes.

In addition to these longer-term efforts, several members of the Working
Group have pointed to the need for immediate action that can address human
rights abuses against trafficked women and combat trafficking in the short
term. UNIFEM invites you to draw on your experience to identify targeted
strategies that governments and the United Nations could adopt as a matter
of priority in order to prevent and respond to trafficking in women.
  
Based on your experience, what are the three most important steps that
could be taken by your national government to prevent trafficking in women
and protect the human rights of women who have been trafficked, including:
* changes in policies, particularly economic, immigration and criminal
justice policies?
* the adoption of legal measures, including remedies for women who have
been trafficked?
* taking steps to ensure that women who have been trafficked receive access
to services and protection against further abuses?

What are the three most important steps that could be taken by
international and regional governmental organizations, particularly the
United Nations, in the above areas?

We look forward to your responses!

The UNIFEM Task Force


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