Week of Visibility of Sexualised Exploitation #StopSE May 31–June 4

31 maj - 4 juni

Join our series of webinars and panel discussions with some of the main experts in the field! The so-called “sex industry” has many different faces: from prostitution to pornography, from striptease to webcamming, from sugar daddy dating to OnlyFans and “sex blogs”, and the ways women and girls are being recruited and exploited in the industry keep on multiplying.

The devastating consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it easier to lure women and girls into the so-called sex industry, and the multiple reports from NGOs and authorities as well as survivors’ testimonies show that men’s demand for women’s bodies is growing. At the same time, space for actors providing social protection to persons exploited in the sex industry, mostly women and girls, and combating all forms of sexualised exploitation is constantly shrinking. 

Programme and registration links below.

The Week of Visibility of Sexualised Exploitation, #StopSE, is an initiative taken by five member organisations of MenEngage Global Alliance – Men for Gender Equality – MÄN (Sweden), Unizon (Sweden), Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia), Men's Development Network (Ireland) and Gender Violence Institute (Minnesota, USA). We come together to lift the issue of sexualised explotations, talk about its causes and consequences, discuss men’s accountability and engagement in combating SE, share experiences and best practices of its prevention as well as support for survivors.

Over the course of the #StopSE-week, between May 31 and June 4, we will organise a series of webinars and panel discussions with some of the main experts in the field bringing together survivors, specialised women’s support services, organisations working with men and boys as well as researchers. 

Join us to learn more, make sexualised exploitation visible and stop men's violence!

Programme:

May 31, 16.00–18.00 (CET)
Sexualised Exploitation of Women and Girls Online: Harms, Prevention and Men's Accountability
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 the issue of sexualised exploitation of women and girls in the new realities of the pandemic has been increasing in its intensity and range making the need for a wider public discussion as well as new measures to address growing digitalisation of sexualised exploitation more urgent than ever. During the webinar we will talk about different forms of sexualised exploitation of women and girls, its harms and concrete ways to address it. We will also discuss the question of men’s responsibility and the importance of engaging men in the work against sexualised exploitation of women, girls and other persons focusing on how the practical work with men and boys can be done. 

Organised by: 
Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Unizon (Sweden)
MÄN (Sweden)

Speakers:
Meghan Donevan, Research Director, Talita (Sweden)
Hana Korchemnaya,Psychologist, Online Reception Coordinator and Internship Programme Coordinator, Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Anastasiia Chuvaeva, Project Manager, Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Svante Tidholm, Project Manager, Method Developer, MÄN (Sweden)

Moderator:
Karin Caspani, Project Manager, MÄN (Sweden) 

The webinar is held in English and Russian, interpretation is available.

Watch the webinar here.

June 1, 14.30–16.00 (CET)

Sexualised exploitation and media: how to address the existing porn culture?
What is the porn culture and how does it impact people's lives? How have the attitudes towards prostitution historically transformed in the society in general, and the media field in particular? What role do media play in normalising and romanticising of the sex industry?  

Within the framework of this webinar, we will take a closer look at the impact of the pornified hypersexualised images of women and girls surrounding us in the todays’ society. We will also talk about the ways to engage media in the work against sexualised exploitation and share the best practices in this regard. 

Organised by: 
Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Unizon (Sweden)

Speakers:
Hana Korchemnaya, Psychologist, Online Reception Coordinator and Internship Programme Coordinator, Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Anastasiia Chuvaeva, Project Manager, Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia)
Natalia Batenkova, International Project Manager, Unizon (Sweden)

The webinar is held in English and Russian, interpretation is available.

Register here!

June 1, 20.00–22.00 (CET)
Male Accountability – Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Stop the Demand
In this panel, six long-time male activists and organizers in the United States will offer their insights, experience, and perspectives on why it is critical to address CSE as a part of our broader efforts to prevent gender based violence and promote gender justice.

Organised by: Gender Violence Institute

Speakers:
Burton Patterson, Director of Male Engagement with the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking
Chuck Derry, Co-founder of the Gender Violence Institute
Emiliano Diaz de Leon, Men’s Engagement Specialist with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA)
Jeremy NeVilles- Sorell,Director of National Native Coalition of Men's Programs for Wici Agli
Peter Qualliotine, Coordinator of the Modeling Equality project.
Rus Ervin Funk, Consultant and Activist specializing in supporting agencies, campuses, communities and organizations to engage and mobilize men and boys to prevent gender-based violence based in Louisville, KY

The webinar is held in English.

Register here!

June 2, 16.00-17.30 (CET)
Supporting Women in Prostitution within the Framework of the Nordic Model: Breaking Myths & Examples of Practical Work in Sweden
What is the Nordic Model and what are its effects? Quite often, when talking about the Nordic Model, the main focus of the discussion is put on the criminalisation of the buyer/perpetrator. Help and support provided to exploited women is less discussed, and there are multiple myths about the legislation’s impact on women in the prostitution and pornography industry. 

During the webinar, Unizon’s member organisations will share their experiences of practical work with exploited women and girls within the existing legal framework and discuss how the Swedish sex purchase act sets out an essential foundation for strengthening the survivors by putting the responsibility for the crime where it belongs – on the buyer. They will also talk about how all these experiences and knowledge can be used for the work with violence prevention. 

Organised by: 
Unizon

Speakers:
Zandra Kanakaris, Secretary General, Foundation 1000 Opportunities that runs the Ellencenter (Sweden)
Ulrika Persson, Founder & Chairwoman, Alltid Sedd (Sweden)
Kajsa Rietz, Head of Preventive Work, Novahuset (Sweden)

Moderator:
Cornelia Björkquist, Sexual Exploitation & Sexual Crime Expert, Unizon (Sweden)

The webinar is held in English.

Register here!

June 3, 16.00-18.00 (CET)
Voices of Survivor Leaders: Understanding the differences in legal models from those who have actual experience. The Truth about the Life.

This panel of survivor leaders from the United States, Sweden, and Ireland, will share their experiences and their wisdom regarding the impacts of laws and policies on those who are sexually exploited, based on their lived experiences.

Organised by: 
Gender Violence Institute

Speakers:
Terry Forliti, Survivor Leader, Executive Director for Breaking Free (Minnesota, USA)
Vednita Carter, Founder of Breaking Free and Vednita Carter Presents, Ambassador-At-Large at the United Nations, author, sought-after speaker, trainer, and award-winning pioneer in the abolitionist movement (USA)
Paulina Bengtsson, Survivor Leader, Founder of the association Novahuset, speaker and author (Sweden)
Patti Larsen, Survivor Leader who shares her passion around issues relating to the sexual exploitation of girls/women locally, nationally, and globally bringing to the table a shared experience of personal growth, human element, and 30 years of topic related information (USA)
Mia de Faoite, Survivor Activist, Board Member of the Men’s Development Network & Campaign Coordinator of Beyond Exploitation (Ireland)
Amy Peine, “Safe Harbor for All” (Equality/Nordic Model) Grant Project Coordinator at Central MN Sexual Assault Center (Minnesota, USA)

The webinar is held in English.

Register here!

June 4, 15.00-16.30 (CET)
Male Bonding and Sexualised Exploitation: Charting a Path from ‘Toxic Brotherhood’ to Healthy Masculinities

This online event will examine the issue of the sexualised exploitation of women and girls in relation to homosocial or male/male bonding. We will look at the role sexual activity, particularly sex buying, and women’s bodies play in male bonding and masculine status building among groups of men. Approaching the issue from a Men’s Development perspective, we will interrogate what drives this behaviour, its harmful and often violent impacts and explore the role of Men's Development in ending the demand for commercial sex and in the fight for gender equality more broadly.

Organised by: 
Men's Development Network

Speakers:
Mia de Faoite, Survivor Activist and Board Member of the Men's Development Network
Ben Grogan, Personal Trainer and Member of Champion Martial Arts and Fitness
Mark Casserly, Founder, Owner and Coach at Champion Martial Arts and Fitness
Paul O'Brien, Sales and Member of Champion Martial Arts and Fitness

Moderator:
Orla Sadlier, Programme Support Officer, Men's Development Network

The webinar is held in English.

Register here!

31 maj - 4 juni