December 1, 2007 Kuwait

The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) in collaboration with CATW organized the first ever consultation on the sexual exploitation, prostitution, and trafficking of women and girls in the Middle East with a focus on Iraq in December 2007 in Kuwait. Long-term CATW affiliate Rachel Eapen Paul, Program Manager for NCA’s Capacity Building, Democracy and Human Rights program for Iraq, who took the initiative to the consultation, introduced its objectives and provided background information. The participants at the consultation concluded that prostitution and trafficking in women and girls for commercial sexual exploitation are important and relevant issues that must be dealt with urgently in their local communities and on a political level. It was decided to create a loose network of groups and individuals in the region to address violence against women and girls including prostitution and human trafficking.