In February 2012, CATW presented two panels during the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York City. The priority theme of the 56th Session is: The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges."
CATW's panel titled, Rural Supply/Urban Demand: How Male Buyers Drive the Global Sex Industry featured speakers Jean Enriquez, Executive Director of CATW-AP; Victor Malarek, author of The Johns and The Men Who buy It and Malka Marcovich, CATW's European Representative. The panel was moderated by Norma Ramos, CATW's Executive Director.
CATW also held a panel titled: The Trafficking of Rural Women: From Poverty to Bondage to Empowerment. This panel featured, Darlene Rigo and Samantha Grey of Aboriginal Women's Action Network (AWAN), Beatriz Elena Rodriquez Rengifo founder of Asociacion de Mujeres Productoras de Carnicos, Esohe Aghatise, Executive Director of IROKO ONLUS, CATW's network partner in Italy and the artist and writer, Christine Stark. This panel was co-sponsored by Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepard and moderated by their NGO Representative, Winifred Doherty.
Both parallel events were held at the United Nations Church Center building in New York City.
Please see our CSW photo album for more pictures of CSW 56.