Significant impact of the 3rd World Congress against the sexual exploitation of women and girls in Germany

After Paris (2014) and New-Delhi (2017), CAP international and its 27 member organizations from 22 countries held their 3rd World Congress against the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls in Mainz.

This congress was organized by SOLWODI, a German member organization of CAP intl, Armut und Gesundheit e.V., and organized with the support and participation of the entire abolitionist movement in Germany.

Congress opened with a Survivors Day on April 2 in the afternoon. An extraordinary group of prostitution survivors from Germany and around the world will call on the German authorities to completely review their harmful public policies on prostitution. An international public conference then brought together, the 3rd and 4th, 300 participants and 40 speakers from 30 countries, including:

  • Survivors of prostitution and trafficking,
  • Representatives of national, regional and international abolitionist
  • NGOs
  • Renowned academics and journalists
  • Ministers and parliamentarians
  • Representatives of intergovernmental organizations

This public conference addressed the realities of prostitution and sexual exploitation around the world, their serious health implications and their consequences for sexual violence and gender inequalities. It also highlighted the extremely worrying situation in Germany, the “brothel of Europe”.

International and German NGOs have jointly formulated concrete recommendations to put an end to the exceptionally high level of impunity enjoyed by exploiters and sexual aggressors and to create the conditions for prostitution and exploitative societies.

With this regular World Congress, the organizers aim to raise awareness and empathize in order to break the isolation, indifference, exploitation and discrimination faced by hundreds of thousands of victims of prostitution and prostitution. trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.


Review of the 3rd CAP congress

The Congress brought together an impressive crowd of 400 activists (including many young German feminists) from around 30 countries.

The 3-day event was preceded by a 200 km international survivors’ march (from France to Germany) initiated by French survivor Rosen Hicher, in close cooperation with German and international survivors.

Upon their arrival in Mainz, the Congress thus opened with a final protest rally and a press conference by 12 surviving international leaders. The march, protest and main congress conference brought impressive national media coverage.

The conference brought together fantastic speakers including international members of CAP intl.

Here you will find a short video giving a good overview of the dynamics of the Congress:

As with every congress, CAP intl also holds its general assembly. The movement continues to grow rapidly and now brings together 34 out of 27 national organizations.

Beyond that, it was found that Congress made a significant contribution to building a new abolitionist dynamic in Germany. First of all, CAP intl launched and published an abolitionist manifesto: the Mainzer Erklärung, signed by 1000 NGOs and personalities.

Key women leaders of the SPD (German Socialist Party) are now publicly calling for the adoption of the Nordic model in Germany and its inclusion in the political program of their political party. These leaders were all present at our Congress and can have a significant influence on their political party.

The article refers directly to Congress as an illustration of an abolitionist “momentum” in Germany.