Anna Skarhed is serving as Chancellor of Justice and was in charge of the Swedish Government's evaluation of the Swedish ban on the buying of sexual services from 1999. Anna Skarhed will present the results from the evaluation from 2010 of the Swedish law, and the proposals for amendments to the law as presented by the evaluation committe.
Asta Håland has more than 30 years of experience from the Norwegian feminist movement, and has been a key player in the fight against prostitution and trafficking in Norway. Asta Håland founded the Feminist Group Ottar in 1991. Ottar has since it's founding had a ban of the buying of sexual services as a top priority. In 2009 Norway implemented such a law. Håland will speak about the significance of civil resistance against the demand for prostitution.
'Streetreach' is based in Auckland and supports persons in prostitution, with the goal of encouraging them to exit from prostitution, and be empowered in the choices they make in their life. Debbie Baker works to reduce prostitution in New Zealand, and has also extensive field experience from the UK. Baker was a member of the Prostitution Law Review Committee under the Ministry of Justice from 2008, where the effects of the legalisation of prostitution in NZ (2003) were evaluated. Baker will speak about the current situation in the sex industry in New Zealand.
As head of the Oslo Police STOP Unit Harald Bøhler is a key player, when it comes to working with the norwegian ban on the buying of sexual services from 2009 in relation to investigations into the sex industry. Bøhler will inform about how to implement a ban on the buying of sexual services into the everyday police work and use it as one of the tools to fight traffickers, pimps and the demand for prostitution.
Helen Easton is guiding and advising the PEER Research Project - (see under 'Lisa Reynolds' below). Easton is also currently involved in research projects on women offenders and support for women exiting prostitution. Her previous research has examined the effectiveness of the Prolific and Priority Offender scheme, fear of crime, the outcomes of anti social behaviour orders, and alcohol related violence and disorder. Easton was previously employed as a Policy Development Officer and Consultant where she delivered research, training and support for community safety partnerships. Easton will - together with Lisa Reynolds - present their findings on exiting prostitution strategies from the above mentioned PEER Research Project.
A longtime feminist scholar/activist against violence against women and sexual exploitation, Janice Raymond was Co-Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) from 1994-2007. Raymond has been in the forefront of campaigning to recognize prostitution as violence against women. Janice Raymond is a global expert on the consequenses of prostitution and trafficking. Raymond is the author of five books and multiple articles on issues ranging from violence against women, women's health, feminist theory and bio-medicine. At the conference Raymond will put the exploitation in prostitution and trafficking into a global setting.
Julie Bindel has been involved in campaigning to end violence against women and children for 30 years. Bindel has published a number of papers on domestic violence and homicide, rape, stalking and harassment, and trafficking and prostitution. Bindel has authored reports into the international sex industry, including an investigation into the links between lap dance establishments and prostitution; a study into the effects of legalisation of the sex industry; and a mapping of the indoor sex industry in Glasgow. At the conference Bindel will speak about her research on sex buyers, based on her survey on street prostitution in London from 2010.
Kenneth Reinicke has previously been project manager at the The Danish National Research and Documentation Centre on Gender Equality. Reinicke has an extensive international experience in conducting fieldwork and training of gender mainstreaming at a european level. Reinicke has written several books on masculinity and gender equality with a specific focus on how to get men interested in the issues. Reinicke has conducted projects for the Danish Ministry of Gender Equality and is widely used as a gender expert in the Danish media. Reinicke will at the conference speak about male sexuality, power relations, gender roles and prostitution.
Lisa Reynolds is conducting research on women exiting prostitution, including referrals for follow up support in the two-year PEER Research Project. Reynolds has extensive experience supporting women to exit prostitution conducting outreach, case coordination, advocacy and support for women. Reynolds also has experience from the domestic violence support service system. At the conference, Reynolds - together with Helen Easton (see above) - will present their findings from their research to assess the effectiveness of different interventions to support women who want to leave prostitution. One of their goals is to create a working protocol for practitioners to assist women involved in prostitution to exit based on interviews with more than 120 women in prostitution. The final findings will be published in June 2011.
With a background as leisure time teacher, Marianne Eriksson went into politics and became member of the Left Party in Sweden in 1979. In 1995 she was elected as member of the European Parliament, where she since 9 years worked intensively with gender equality issues, pushing for political solutions to combat men's violence against women, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, the sex industry and the demand for prostitution. In 2004 Eriksson left the European Parliament, a self imposed decision, and is now since some years member of The United Nations Development Fund for Women - the National Board in Sweden, where she is continuing her ongoing work to end sexual exploitation. Eriksson will share with us her unique knowledge on resistance against prostitution and trafficking in EU.
Maud Eduards' research is since long oriented towards questions regarding women's agency, body politics and feminist theory. Currently, she focuses on gender, nation and security - how women and feminist ideas are appropriated for war-and-peace. Eduards recent publications include 'Kroppspolitik' (Body Politics), 'Om Moder Svea och andra kvinnor' (About Mother Sweden and other women), 'Förbjuden handling' (Forbidden Action), and 'Om kvinnors organisering och feministisk teori' (About women organising and feminist theory) (Translations of book titles in brackets are done by the conference planners and are not authorised). At the conference Eduards will speak about her theories from 'Kroppspolitik' (Body Politics).
Trine Baumbach has since her law degree in 1994 served as prosecutor, deputy judge, legal consultant for the Danish Ombudsman and as secretariat director at the Danish Centre for Human Rights, gaining a deep insight into both national and international law. Baumbach is currently working with the relations between human rights and national criminal law at the Faculty of Law at Copenhagen University. Baumbach will at the conference give us an overview over the intentions in the UN Conventions in relation to combatting demand, sexual exploitation in prostitution and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.