Black Women Against the Sex Trade
Webinar: 27th Nov 2020
SPACE International is hosting an online event in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, 27th November.
Hear from international survivors 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 will feature 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.
- Roëlla Lieveld from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Roëlla is the founder and director of Share Network, which creates opportunities for survivors of human trafficking to thrive. For the past decade, she has dedicated her time to assisting victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking, working with local judges, aftercare placements, police detectives and social workers to ensure survivors receive proper advocacy.
- 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.
- Vednita Carter from St. Paul, USA, is the founder of Breaking Free, a non-profit organisation that helps women escape sex trafficking and prostitution. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Norma Hotaling Award; the Path Breaker Award for Shared Hope International; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama. She has also been named a ‘CNN Hero’ for her work to end the sexual exploitation of women and girls in the USA.
Salome Mbugua will moderate 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
Attendance is free, but advance registration is required.
Register now at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/space-international-webinar-tickets-129019194885