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Submission to Amnesty consultation

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.

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Write to Amnesty

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.

Alternative Jack the Ripper tour – 11 June 2013

Following the success of our first alternative Jack the Ripper tourThe Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets, we’re running the tour again on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. This historical walking tour remembers and celebrates the lives of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper – Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly. Rather than visit the places where the women were murdered, we take you to the streets where they lived, talk about their lives, and discuss the links through to women’s lives in Tower Hamlets today.

To book your place on the tour, complete the booking form or email us.

Tower Hamlets council launches VAWG plan

Just over a year ago, we launched LIFT with an online petition asking Tower Hamlets police and council to end the arrests of women involved in street-based prostitution in the borough, and to address prostitution as a form of violence against women and girls. We are delighted that tomorrow, Tower Hamlets will officially launch its Violence Against Women & Girls Plan, including a specific commitment to ensure women involved in prostitution are able to access appropriate services.

We will be attending and presenting at tomorrow’s launch conference, along with other Tower Hamlets residents and professionals.

Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets: now on Soundcloud and Storify

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If you couldn’t make it to our Alternative Jack the Ripper tour or the Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets event – or if you just thought it was that brilliant that you want to see it again – we’ve now put the audio up on Soundcloud and created a Storify to highlight the main issues from the evening and share some pics.

Listen to the evening event on Soundcloud

View the Storify

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More Alternative Jack the Ripper tours are planned soon, watch this space!

Event tomorrow: Alternative Jack the Ripper tour and The Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets

The Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets is an evening of discussions about street-based prostitution in Tower Hamlets organised by LIFT and Toynbee Hall’s Safe Exit project. This event will take place at Toynbee Hall on Thursday 21st of March 2013. It is free and open to local residents, groups and organisations who work with vulnerable women. 

6:00 pm: The Alternative Jack the Ripper Tour
The evening will start at 6 with an historical tour to celebrate the lives and commemorate the deaths of the victims of Jack the Ripper. Meet at Toynbee Hall for a prompt 6pm start. Please note spaces are limited. If you are interested in this part of the event please register by sending an email to safeexit@toynbeehall.org.uk    
 
6:45 pm: A panel discussion on prostitution
Presenting recent research and projects which support women to leave prostitution, hearing from women who have experienced extreme trauma and survived. Speakers include:
  • Lisa Young from Eaves will present findings from their research with women leaving prostitution about what support they need to exit
  • Clare G is an author and a survivor of prostitution
  • Rebecca Perry manages the Safe Exit project at Toynbee Hall, supporting women to exit prostitution
  • Amy Doyle is from the Chrysalis Project, providing accommodation and support for women in prostitution
  • Fiona Dwyer is the Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy Manager at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and will talk about their approach to tackling this issue.

Public meeting: 6:30PM, Wednesday 27 June 2012

LOCAL RESIDENTS MEET TO PRESENT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR PROSTITUTION

ONE MONTH BEFORE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY, RESIDENTS HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ASKING POLICE AND COUNCIL TO CHANGE APPROACH

We have collected nearly 200 signatures on our petition which appeals to the local authority and the local police to change their current approach to the policing of women in prostitution in the borough. Now, exactly one month before the Olympic Opening Ceremony, we are holding a public meeting on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at 6:30PM at St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green to present the petition to local councillors and discuss an alternative, borough-wide strategy to prostitution in the borough.

Since the campaign launched in April, local police have increased arrests of kerb-crawlers in areas affected by street-based prostitution in the borough and along with other residents, we are now asking for an approach that improves support for women involved in prostitution.

Speakers at the event include Councillor Rania Khan, Marta Dapenda Calvo of Toynbee Hall’s Safe Exit project, a survivor of prostitution and Lily Islam of the Flower & Dean Estate residents group. A representative of the Residents Solidarity Campaign will also speak. All local residents interested in this issue are welcome to attend the event.

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