Supporting Women in Prostitution within the Framework of the Nordic Model: Breaking Myths & Examples of Practical Work in Sweden

Organizer Unizon
Time 2021-06-02 16:0017:30
Location Zoom, Online
Webinar, June 2 at 16.00-17.30 CET/UTC+02

What is the Nordic Model and what are its effects?
Quite often, when talking about the Nordic Model, the main focus of the discussion is put on the criminalisation of the buyer/perpetrator. Help and support provided to exploited women is less discussed, and there are multiple myths about the legislation’s impact on women in the prostitution and pornography industry.

During the webinar, Unizon’s member organisations will share their experiences of practical work with exploited women and girls within the existing legal framework and discuss how the Swedish sex purchase act sets out an essential foundation for strengthening the survivors by putting the responsibility for the crime where it belongs – on the buyer. They will also talk about how all these experiences and knowledge can be used for the work with violence prevention.

Zandra Kanakaris – Secretary General, Foundation 1000 Opportunities that runs the Ellencenter (Sweden)
Ulrika Persson – Founder & Chairwoman, Alltid Sedd (Sweden)
Kajsa Rietz – Head of Preventive Work, Novahuset (Sweden)

Cornelia Björkquist – Sexual Exploitation & Sexual Crime Expert, Unizon (Sweden)

The webinar is held in English.


This webinar is a part of the Week of Visibility of Sexualised Exploitation, #StopSE, organised and held on May 31-June 4, 2021 by five member organisations of MenEngage Global Alliance – Men for Gender Equality – MÄN (Sweden), Unizon (Sweden), Crisis Centre for Women in Saint-Petersburg (Russia), Men’s Development Network (Ireland) and Gender Violence Institute (Minnesota, USA).


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