Economic and sexual violence as barriers to sustainable development

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How can we talk about "sustainability" without also talking about an industry that sees thousands of women and girls, across the planet, exploited daily? What responsibility do governments have in terms of addressing the sex trade and what systems need to be in place in order to ensure marginalized women and girls can survive and thrive, free from abuse?

On March 17, 2016, a panel organized by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) asked just that. Speakers from around the world discussed the ways in which prostitution and trafficking manifested itself in their countries and the struggles they faced trying to achieve justice for the women and girls impacted. Organized as a parallel event connected to the UN's 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the panel was moderated by Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director of CATW, and included panelists, Rachel Moran, author and co-founder of SPACE International; Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President of Apne Aap Worldwide; Eva Komba, a Gender and Development consultant from Kenya; and Yasmin Vafa, Executive Director of Rights4Girls. The event, entitled, "Economic and Sexual Barriers to Sustainable Development: Case Studies in Prostitution and Trafficking," took place at the Salvation Army Auditorium at 221 East 52nd Street in New York City. 


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