Women Worldwide Tell Amnesty Int: #NoAmnesty4Pimps & Johns – Women are #Not4Sale

London protest - photo by @r2Ph

London protest – photo by @r2Ph

In London, police estimated the number of women outside Amnesty International’s headquarters at 200. There were exited women there, with activists, researchers, journalists — all in sisterhood. The youngest were in their twenties, the oldest were in their eighties.

They were later joined by a few men, one of whom said he’d heard about the protest in an Italian Facebook group two hours before and apologized for not having got involved sooner.

The protesters stood alongside the busy road in London’s rush hour and chanted: “Lock up pimps and johns!” “Women’s rights are human rights!” “Women’s bodies are not for sale!” – Janie Davies, Feminist Current

No Amnesty, global day of action, London 23rd October 2015 by Pam Isherwood

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The first time zone to protest was Australia, with women gathering outside AI head offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

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Brisbane women protesting outside the Brisbane Amnesty Int. head office QLD

Brisbane women protesting outside the Brisbane Amnesty Int. head office QLD

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Global Protest Against Amnesty International on Prostitution Policy #NoAmnestyForPimps – Washington DC

“We are gathered here today [DC], in solidarity with groups around the world, to voice our opposition to Amnesty International’s support of full decriminalization of prostitution. Full decriminalization of prostitution in no way rectifies the conditions of inequality, abuse, violence, and dehumanization which animate all forms of prostitution—it tragically assents to them…”

“…We are assembled here today: because something effective must be done to protect and restore the lives of those destroyed by the commercial sex trade; because people deserve better than prostitution… Amnesty: it’s not too late to admit that as an institution you’ve made a mistake. It’s not too late to stand up for “The Forgotten Prisoners of Prostitution.” endsexualexploitation.org

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“We cannot and will not stand by whilst a human rights organization supports, encourages, and lobbies for the prostitution of women and by extension girls. This flies in the face of the available evidence and we call for human rights organisations to review their position in the light of emerging data from areas that have implemented the model of legalization with appalling consequences,” Lisa-Marie Taylor, chair of UK women’s rights charity Feminism in London told Feminist Current

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Meet a 21st-Century Slave

“Plenty of well-meaning people back Amnesty International’s proposal for full decriminalization of the sex trade, including of pimps and brothels, and it’s certainly true that some women (and men) work in the sex trade voluntarily. Yet in practice, approaches similar to Amnesty’s have ended up simply empowering pimps. And while under these proposals human trafficking would remain illegal, the police would no longer have a reason to raid brothels to search for girls like Poonam. Both Poonam and Koirala think that full decriminalization is a catastrophic idea; if it were in place, Poonam might still be enslaved.”

“There is no protection to the powerless,” Koirala said of full decriminalization. “All the benefits go to the perpetrators and exploiters.”

“The blunt truth is that no strategy works all that well against trafficking. But maybe the most successful has been Sweden’s, cracking down on traffickers and customers while providing social services and exit ramps for women in the sex trade.” by Nicholas Kristof, Human rights, women’s rights, health, global affairs for The New York Times, October 24, 2015. Read more Here

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Dear survivors of prostitution… “WE BELIEVE YOU” ❤️💛💚💔💙💜❤️ #ibelieveher#NoAmnesty4Pimps#ListenToSurvivors#EndDemand#YesAllWomen — WomenCanSee (@WomenCanSee) October 23, 2015

Further reading:

– Amnesty sells out women for men’s orgasms and profit

– #NoAmnesty4Pimps hashtag on twitter here

– More images from the protest here

 – Are we hearing ‘sex workers’ when we listen to them? Penny White – Feminist Current’

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