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Abolitionist Responses to Request by United Nations Women Regarding UN Women’s Approach to Prostitution, the Sex Trade, and Sex Work


On 8 September 2016, UN Women released a request for a public consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and

UN Women says that it does not have an explicit policy position on prostitution, and
stated that it was in the process of developing such a position. It stated that »policy
development will be grounded in international standards that guide UN Women’s
work and an international human rights framework, including the Convention on the
Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform for
Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Women requested contributions from various people and groups, agencies and
organizations which have an interest in this issue including: survivors of prostitution
and groups representing them, feminist and women’s rights organizations, »sex
workers/ sex worker groups. The views of other UN entities and Member States
were also welcomed.

Read the full document (on Google drive): Abolitionist Response to United Nations