Black Women Against the Sex Trade
Webinar: 27th Nov 2020
SPACE International held an online event in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, 27th November.
Hear from international survivors and activists about their experiences of prostitution, their thoughts on how Ireland can continue to combat sexual exploitation, and why they seek to replicate Irish-style legislation in their own nations.
The event featured four speakers from across the globe:
- Marian Hatcher from Chicago, USA, is a survivor of sex trafficking and domestic violence. She has worked with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for the past 13 years, where she is the Senior Project Manager for the Office of Public Policy, as well as the Human Trafficking Coordinator. In 2016, she was awarded a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service by President Barack Obama.
- Mickey Meji from Cape Town, South Africa, is a survivor of the sex trade and a leading human rights activist. She has served as Africa Delegate for the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board NGO Delegation, and as Sector Leader for the South African National AIDS Council. Her vison of a world where no woman or girl is bought, sold or exploited has led her to found the first ever survivor movement in Africa, the Survivor Empowerment and Support Programme.
- Taina Bien-Aimé has over two decades of experience defending the rights of women and girls at the national and global level. She is currently the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), one of the oldest international organizations dedicated to ending trafficking in women and girls and commercial sexual exploitation as practices of gender-based violence. Taina has received a number of awards for her work and has extensive media experience.
Salome Mbugua moderated the event. Salome is a gender equality activist and human rights advocate. She is the founder of AkiDwA, the migrant women’s network in Ireland, and a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Date: Friday, 27th November 2020
Time: 1pm to 2pm