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What lies beneath prostitution policy in New Zealand? by Maddy Coy and Pala Molisa at  openDemocracy

Prostitution and trafficking are increasingly contested in international human rights and policy forums, with debates polarised around the question of whether the prostitution system entrenches institutionalised male dominance, or if its harm grows out of associated criminality and stigma. In April 2016 France joined other countries in adopting the approach now often referred to as the Nordic Model – decriminalisation of selling sex alongside exit and support programmes, together with criminalisation of sex purchase. This human rights approach sits in sharp contrast to the endorsement of the New Zealand approach by Amnesty International and in the interim report of the UK Home Affairs Select Committee.

So what do we know, and think we know, about the impacts of prostitution policy in New Zealand?

The end of domestic violence support for black and brown women in the UK? by REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI| openDemocracy

Lawa, as the group is widely known, opened in 1986 and they run the only domestic violence refuge for Latin Americans in the UK. Like other refuges and organisations set up in 70s and 80s Britain, they arose from radical women’s rights and anti-racist movements. Domestic violence shelters specifically for black, south-Asian, Chinese, Latin American and other ethnic minority women, now bundled under the term BAME, were founded because these women weren’t getting support from statutory or mainstream places.

Decades on, by the time the Coalition government made deep cuts in public spending in 2010, many BAME domestic violence organisations, including Lawa, relied on council funding to pay for part, if not all, of what they offered. Bed spaces, English as a second language classes, counselling, childcare, time intensive advice work, court assistance.

But in the past six years, cash-strapped local authorities have cut back frontline domestic violence services, diverting money from small specialist providers and awarding contracts to larger organisations making promises to deliver more for less money.

Dangerous journeys: violence against women migrants in Turkey by Yasemin Mert | openDemocracy

Syrian women migrants in Turkey face many forms of violence - sexual harassment, forced and early marriage, polygamy and trafficking for sexual exploitation. The perpetrators include soldiers, border officers and migration officers.

The voice of Berta Cáceres has become the voice of millions by DAYSI FLORES | openDemocracy

... On the 25th November this year, in the streets of this dangerous city (Tegucigalpa) a thousand women were demanding justice for Berta, not just because COPINH has been increasingly targeted, but because the demand for justice for Berta´s case is the demand for all of us. We know that any of us can be the next one. But inspite of the fear we face every day, the chant of the voices of a bunch of teenagers: Berta Caceres Flores, sown in the heart of all rebellions ” flowing right there on those roads, holds our hearts together and gives us the courage to shout the slogan that has been echoed around  the world: “Berta didn’t die; she multiplied.” ...

Are universities preventing violence against women? by @_HelenMott_  at openDemocracy

Sexual harassment of women students is rife and violence against women in universities is commonplace. Are universities reflecting cultural norms of violence against women instead of shaping new norms?

Universities are sites for the production and reproduction of violence against women. Aside from the truism that they are microcosms of wider society there are additional reasons that explain the scale of violence against womenMost students are young adults: data for England and Wales tells us that sexual offenders target women aged 16-19 and students more than any other age group. Women aged 16-24 years have the highest rates of domestic violenceand are most at risk of forced marriageYoung men are the largest perpetrator group.

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