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Prostitution & Imperialism Topic for Discussion by Asian Women Groups at World Social Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 9, 2016

[MONTREAL] The relationship between imperialism and prostitution will be the focus of discussion between three leading Asian women feminist groups at the World Social Forum. Featured participants in the roundtable discussion include United States based transnational women’s group AF3IRM, the Philippine Women’s Centre of Ontario, and Asian Women for Equality Society. The roundtable is free and open to the public. It takes place August 11, Thursday 9 am -11:30 at the Cegep du Vieux Montreal, 255, Rue Ontario E.

Vancouver Residents Demonstrate, Calling on Mayor to Target Pimps and Sex-Buyers

[VANCOUVER] Residents are gathering at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Vancouver City Hall to bring a message to Mayor Gregor Robertson, who also holds the role of Chair of the Vancouver Police Board. The residents, together with several community organizations, are calling for Gregor Robertson to uphold commitments he made in 2009 and in 2015 to end prostitution and human-trafficking.

Community-led demonstration calling for Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson to fulfill commitments on prostitution and human-traffickin

What: A community-led demonstration with residents of neighborhoods and community organizations

Why: Under Mayor Gregor Robertson’s leadership, Vancouver police are refusing to arrest pimps and sex buyers cruising Vancouver neighborhoods and abusing women despite repeated calls to 911. The Mayor is reneging on official commitments to end human trafficking and prostitution made with the Pope and with local coalition Emancipation Now.

Date: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 5:30pm
John-free Community arrest pimps arrest johns

Feminists against Prostitution as a Tool of Imperialism Promoting Sexualized Racism

A panel presentation at the 2016 Left Forum, featuring Charie Siddayao of the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC), Nicole Matthews of the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, Taina Bien-Aimé of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), and Sarah Mah of the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP). Grace Balbutin of AWCEP will chair the discussion. Our goal is to reveal the history of how prostitution has turned women into the “spoils of war”. The perspectives offered from panelists will reveal how prostitution has been used to further imperialist objectives of the West, how it has promoted sexualized racism.

Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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