We are pleased to invite you to an International Conference with the participation of Melissa Farley among other speakers, to be held on 24th February. Dr. M. Farley, who is a renown American clinical psychologist and an expert in prostitution from the demand perspective, is presenting her latest research for the first time in Spain. Her work addresses the links between the extraction of resources, prostitution, poverty and climate change. In addition, CAP Intl. Advocacy Coordinator, the French jurist Héma Sibi, is going to speak about her report “The last girl first”, which focuses on women and girls from communities overrepresented in prostitution. Finally, we are presenting a Prostitution Data Report prepared by the CIBA Women’s Data Lab Observatory, introduced by Maribel Cardenas, Head of Equality Policies, La CIBA, Santa Coloma City Council.
In-person and virtual International Conference
Free with certificate
Thursday, 24th February 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CET
Hosted at La CIBA, Santa Coloma de Gramenet
Passeig de Llorenç Serra, 64, 08921 Barcelona
There will be simultaneous English-Spanish and Spanish-English translation
Objectives of the conference:
- Raising global citizens’ awareness of the conceptual and empirical connections between prostitution, resource extraction, poverty and climate change, and how the combination and link between these factors increase women’s structural inequality.
- Contributing ideas to the international political agenda for the incorporation of proposals to provide aid and resources to women and girls at risk of suffering the consequences of climate change and of falling prey to trafficking networks for sexual exploitation.
- Training and making citizens and public officials aware of the reality of prostitution,by disclosing the results of the research done by the CIBA Women’s Data Lab Observatory.
5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.:Welcoming words and acknowledgements: Núria Parlón, mayoress of Santa Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelona).
5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Keynote speech by Melissa Farley (the United States), doctor in clinical psychology with 50-year experience.
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Discussion between the mayor Núria Parlón, Amelia Tiganus and Melissa Farley with the students.
Presented by Amelia Tiganus, expert in sexual violence and member of the training staff of the International Abolitionist School.
7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Presentation of the Report “The last girl first”, by Héma Sibi, CAP Intl. advocacy coordinator (Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution).
Introduced by Rita María Hernández, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Rescue Freedom International.
7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Presentation of the Data Report on Prostitution prepared by the CIBA Women’s Data Lab Observatory, introduced by Maribel Cardenas, Head of Equality Policies, La CIBA, Santa Coloma City Council.
Presented by Graciela Atencio, Director of the International Abolitionist School.
8:30 p.m.: Closing of the conference.
Seminar opened by:
Núria Parlón She has a degree in Political Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (1996) with doctoral studies and a master’s degree in Social Policies from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (2000). Since 2019 she has been the mayor of Santa Coloma de Gramenet after being part of the municipal government since 2007, when she entered as councilor for the Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC). Before becoming mayor, she was responsible for the presentation of Youth, Solidarity and Cooperation and Deputy Mayor coordinator of the presentations of the Person Services area. From December 2012 to June 2015, she was a deputy in the Parliament of Catalonia, where she served as the spokesperson for the Commission for Control of the Action of the Catalan Audiovisual Media Corporation (CCMA) of the Parliament of Catalonia. She is currently the vice president of the Catalan Fund for Development and the president of CONFOCOS, the state Confederation of international cooperation funds. She is also a member of the Development Cooperation Commission and a member of the Interterritorial Commission for International Development Cooperation, of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, FEMP. She has co-led the Network of Municipalities Free of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation since its foundation in 2016 and is currently the president of The Suffragettes of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a radical feminist association. He is also a member of the Development Cooperation Commission and a member of the Interterritorial Commission for International Development Cooperation of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, FEMP. She has co-led the Network of Municipalities Free of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation since its foundation in 2016 and is currently the president of The Suffragettes of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a radical feminist association. He is also a member of the Development Cooperation Commission and a member of the Interterritorial Commission for International Development Cooperation of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, FEMP. She has co-led the Network of Municipalities Free of Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation since its foundation in 2016 and is currently the president of The Suffragettes of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a radical feminist association.
Melissa Farley (United States), doctor in clinical psychology with 50 years of experience. She has written 40 peer-reviewed articles on prostitution and trafficking, and two books: Prostitution, Trafficking & Traumatic Stress (2004) and Prostitution and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections (2007). She is co-author of the first international survey on prostitution and post-traumatic stress disorder in nine countries (2003) and the first study that compared buyers of sex with those who are not (2011), among other publications of her prolific academic career. Melissa Farley is also the founder of Prostitution Research & Education .(PRE), NGO dedicated to research, education and advice on public policies on sexual exploitation and its impact on women, men, girls and boys. PRE provides a free library of resources that can be found at www.prostitutionresearch.com . Its goal is to abolish prostitution and offer alternatives to prostituted women. PRE’s research has been used by the governments of South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, Spain, Sweden, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States for education and policy development on prostitution and trafficking.
Héma Sibi is the advocacy coordinator for CAP International. A strong advocate for women’s rights, Ella Héma has worked with victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and has written articles for feminist organizations. As a jurist specializing in international and European human rights law, she has worked on issues related to refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers at UNHCR. At CAP International she works on political advocacy and advocates for protective legal frameworks for prostituted people. Héma is the author of the CAP Intl study: “Last Girl First: Prostitution at the Intersection of Oppressions Based on Sex, Race and Class” which highlights the voices of overrepresented women and girls from the most marginalized communities in prostitution.
Maribel Cárdenas She is a social educator with a master’s degree in women’s, gender and citizenship studies. She is a specialist in feminist public policies, she was responsible for the Comprehensive Plan against Sexist Violence of the Barcelona City Council, Head of the Office of Equality Policies of the Barcelona Provincial Council. She is currently Director of Equality Policies for the Santa Coloma de Gramenet City Council. She has extensive teaching experience both for professionals in the sector and in the academic field as an associate professor at the Faculty of Sociology and Political Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, professor of Feminist Theory in the Master’s Degree in Women’s, Gender and Citizenship Studies and teacher of postgraduate and master’s degrees specialized in the subject. She is also the author of different articles and co-author of essays such as “Ideas that change the World” or “Unbeatable, the age of women”. She feminist activist since youth.
Amelia Tiganus (Romania – Spain), feminist activist and prostitution survivor living in the Basque Country, her window to the world from which she was able to rebuild her life and be reborn after being sexually exploited for five years in the Spanish State. She recently published the book: “The revolt of the whores”. She has also published several articles on Feminicidio.net, where she was coordinator of the training platform and trainer for three years. She has received several awards and recognitions for her work in favor of the human rights of women and girls, among which, in 2019, she was given the ‘Recognition of the commitment shown to achieve a society free of violence against women’ delivered by the Ministry of Equality and the Government of Spain. In the last four years he has given more than 400 conferences, talks and workshops throughout the Spanish territory and also in Latin America and Europe. She is a member of the Abolitionist Movement of the Basque Country (EHMA – Euskal Herriko Mugimendu Abolizionista) and founder of Emargi, an association dedicated to fighting comprehensively for a future free of sexual and reproductive exploitation of women and girls. She is also a co-founder of the International Abolitionist School and a member of the trainers’ staff. an association dedicated to fighting comprehensively for a future free of sexual and reproductive exploitation of women and girls. She is also a co-founder of the International Abolitionist School and a member of the trainers’ staff. an association dedicated to fighting comprehensively for a future free of sexual and reproductive exploitation of women and girls. She is also a co-founder of the International Abolitionist School and a member of the trainers’ staff.
Rita María Hernández (Mexico – United States), Director of Policies and Promotion of the American organization Rescue Freedom, with a presence in 23 countries and support for 183 programs of local partners, in the fight against trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation. With a long history in the international promotion of the Nordic abolitionist model and the sanction of the prostitution claimant, until 2019 she was deputy director of CAP International and until 2018 executive director of the United vs. Treats, from Mexico City. She currently designs, from her organization, political advocacy strategies related to the prevention of trafficking and sexual exploitation at a global level and among her latest outstanding actions, she has accompanied Alika Kinan in Argentina, in the promotion of the first law worldwide of the Labor Quota for “Women Victims of Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation”. Rita Hernández is co-founder of the International Abolitionist School.
Graciela Atencio (Argentina – Spain), coordinator of the International Abolitionist School based at La CIBA, Santa Coloma de Gramenet Town Hall, Catalonia. She has practiced journalism for more than two and a half decades in the written press, television and radio, in Argentina, Mexico and Spain. In 2003, her personal and professional life changed radically when she became involved in the journalistic investigation of the femicides in Ciudad Juárez. Since then, she has devoted herself to the investigation and study of femicide in Latin America and Europe. She is the director of Feminicidio.net, an Observatory against sexist violence that she founded in 2010, which has obtained recognition from ACCNS ( Academic Council of the United Nations) for the preparation of their reports and their classification of typologies of femicide. He also directs Sexual Geoviolence, a laboratory, research and study of sexual violence from a multidisciplinary perspective. She teaches courses, workshops and conferences. She is the editor and author of the book Femicide, the murder of women for being women (Catarata, Madrid, 2015).
Technical characteristics of the Virtual Seminar:
– You can join our session with a Mac, PC or mobile device.
– An internet connection with a minimum speed of 3Mb and 5Mb is recommended to view in HD.
The schedule of the virtual seminar begins at 5:30 p.m. in Spain, peninsular time. If you’re in another time zone, check what time you are supposed to log in.
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- La Sur
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- City Hall of Santa Coloma de Gramenet
- Rescue Freedom International
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