[VANCOUVER] Residents are gathering at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Vancouver City Hall to bring a message to Mayor Gregor Robertson, who also holds the role of Chair of the Vancouver Police Board. The residents, together with several community organizations, are calling for Gregor Robertson to uphold commitments he made in 2009 and in 2015 to end prostitution and human-trafficking.
What: A community-led demonstration with residents of neighborhoods and community organizations
Why: Under Mayor Gregor Robertson’s leadership, Vancouver police are refusing to arrest pimps and sex buyers cruising Vancouver neighborhoods and abusing women despite repeated calls to 911. The Mayor is reneging on official commitments to end human trafficking and prostitution made with the Pope and with local coalition Emancipation Now.
A panel presentation at the 2016 Left Forum, featuring Charie Siddayao of the Philippine Women Centre of Ontario (PWC), Nicole Matthews of the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, Taina Bien-Aimé of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), and Sarah Mah of the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP). Grace Balbutin of AWCEP will chair the discussion. Our goal is to reveal the history of how prostitution has turned women into the “spoils of war”. The perspectives offered from panelists will reveal how prostitution has been used to further imperialist objectives of the West, how it has promoted sexualized racism.
Women in countries of the Asia Pacific are profoundly affected by the presence of military bases, both foreign and domestic, embedded in their countries. The shameful history of the Japanese army’s practice of providing “comfort” stations where women were used for sex by men in the military camps is an illustration of the cruelty and systematic rape of women in wartime. Join us for a panel presentation with Olivia Canlas of AF3IRM, Suzanne Jay, Yoko Oikawa, and Grace Balbutin of AWCEP.
Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution is part of a discussion about male violence against women and guaranteed liveable income.
To read the paper presented to the International BIEN Conference in 2014: Full PDF