LIFT are pleased to be working with Kahaila to put on an event this Tuesday 25th November to raise awareness about the realities of prostitution.
Tuesday 25th November, 7.30pm – 10.00pm, @ Kahaila Cafe, Brick Lane
We’ll be doing our alternative Jack the Ripper tour as part of the event. There will also be a panel discussion. Panelists include:
Jess Wild, Look Ahead
Mark Wakeling, Beyond the Streets
Emily Chalke, Ella’s Home
This event coincides with the international day for the elimination of violence against women and girls. It is an opportunity to remember those who have not survived prostitution, and to take action to support women within our communities to leave prostitution.
To read more and book tickets please click here.
LIFT is part of the End Demand Campaign alliance. The End Demand campaign, launched yesterday, is calling on the government to adopt the Sex Buyer Law. This would completely decriminalise selling sex, criminalise buying sex and provide support and exiting services to people exploited through prostitution. The Sex Buyer Law has been adopted by three of the four countries with the highest ratings for gender equality worldwide. It’s been shown to reduce demand, change public attitudes and make countries more hostile places for traffickers.
Read more about the campaign here. We will be lobbying Tower Hamlets MPs Jim Fitzpatrick and Rushanara Ali, as well as Mayor Lutfur Rahman, to support the campaign. Please write to your MP here.
In the run up to the local elections next week we’re calling for Tower Hamlets candidates to commit to:
1. Take the #Women’sSafetyPledge to continue to work towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls. Read more.
2. Tackle prostitution as a form of violence against women and girls by supporting law enforcement efforts which target kerb crawlers, those who exploit and abuse women through prostitution, and ending efforts which target prostituted women.
3. Address indoor prostitution as well as street based prostitution, in recognition of the fact that prostitution indoors is also harmful.
4. Invest in appropriate supported housing for vulnerable women.
What you can do:
Write to or tweet Mayoral candidates and Ward Councillor candidates calling on them to pledge their support to the above approaches.
You can find a list of Mayoral candidates and your Ward candidates here.
You can contact Lutfur Rahman, current Mayor for Tower Hamlets here.
You can contact Labour party candidates, including Mayoral candidate John Biggs here.
Lift recently submitted a response to Amnesty International’s policy consultation on prostitution. Amnesty are currently considering a proposal to take a stance in favour of decriminalising prostitution and will be voting on this issue at their AGM on 12th April.
We felt it was important to raise our concerns about the proposal. Whilst we support a call for women involved in prostitution to be decriminalised, we object to the proposal that men should be free to by sex. We feel that this stance ignores the unequal power dynamics at play between men who buy sex and prostituted women and normalises the abuse that is inherent in prostitution. You can read our consultation submission here.
If you would like to write to Amnesty on the issue, you can use our template letter.
A leaked document recently revealed that Amnesty International are proposing to take a stance on prostitution in favour of decriminalising both the buying and selling of sex. Whilst we are in favour of the decriminalisation of women who sell sex, we are concerned that the decriminalisation of men who buy sex will normalise the sex industry and the harms experienced by prostituted women. You can read more about the issue here.
To write a letter to Amnesty International please click here to see our template letter.