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Seminar held on the General Plan against Trafficking with Women and Sexual Abuse of Minors

16/12/2009

The seminar, "General plan against trafficking with women and sexual abuse of minors", was inaugurated on 30 November 2009 at the UAM Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, where various activities related to this issue were organised throughout the week. Such recurring issues as prostitution, the violation of human rights and sex tourism, among others, were broached from various perspectives.

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The inauguration and presentation of the seminar, organised by the Department of Social Anthropology and Spanish Philosophical Thought, the UAM Office for Solidarity and Cooperation and the Ministry of Equality, was led by Rosa María Peris, director of the Women's Institute, who alluded to the Comprehensive Plan for the Fight Against Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation, approved by the Spanish government one year ago, whose aim is to “raise society awareness so that it will become more involved”.

Rocío Nieto, chairperson of APRAMP (Association for the Prevention, Reinsertion and Care of Prostituted Women), Antonio Rivas, Training and Management coordinator of the NGO, Proyecto ESPERANZA (Project HOPE), Lidia Falcón, researcher in the field of gender and founder of the feminist publishing house, Vindicación Feminista, and Rosario Carracedo, chairperson of the State Platform for Women for the Abolition of Prostitution, all took part in the inaugural session, speaking of the “fundamental role” played by social movements in the fight against trafficking and prostitution.

The central theme of the second day of discussions was the fight against trafficking and sexual abuse of women and minors in an international context. This subject was presented by experts in this area from Spain and Latin America, such as Marcela Lagarde, lecturer in Sociology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and chairperson of the Red por la Vida y la Libertad de las Mujeres (Network for Life and Liberty of Women), Neider Yaneth Munevar, researcher at the National University of Colombia and expert in Trafficking, Diana Gutiérrez, representative of the Organización Femenina Popular de Colombia (Popular Women's Organisation of Colombia), Alma López, native Guatemalan from the Asociación Mujer Tejedora del Desarrollo (Women Weavers Development Association), Paloma Soria, specialist lawyer in equality for the NGO Women's Link Worldwide and Ana Salado, lecturer in International Public Law and International Relations at the University of Seville and member of the Committee to Regulate the National Human Rights Plan.

Speakers outlined the reality of this phenomenon in their respective countries, sharing the view of trafficking as one “of the most flagrant violations of human rights”, an idea that was defended throughout the seminar.

Carmen Calvo, chairperson of the Committee for Equality of the Spanish Parliment, José García Santalla, chief of the central UCRIF (Units against Ilegal Immigration Networks and Forgery of Documents), María del Carmen Quintanilla, MP of the Partido Popular political party and member of the Committee for Equality of the Spanish Parliament, Antonia García Valls, MP of the Partido Socialista Obrero España political party and member of the Committee for Equality of the Spanish Parliament, and Maite Mola, member of the Executive Committee of the European Left Party, took part in the third day of this symposium, dedicated to political solutions that would put an end to this phenomenon

Speakers qualified human trafficking as "the slavery of the 21st century” and pointed to the magnitude of “this illicit trade”. Carmen Calvo stated that “we are confronted by the second largest international business” and that “in just one year, more human beings are trafficked than were traded in the entire 150 years of slavery”. For her part, María del Carmen Quintanilla said that “90% of women that are prostituted around the world are victims of trafficking”, and that “just 5% of women that work in prostitution do so voluntarily”.

The fourth day of proceedings, which began with an exhibition on the experience of NGOs in Colombia by Leonora Castaño, from the Asociación Nacional de Mujeres Campesinas, Negras e Indígenas de Colombia (ANMUCIC) (National Association of Country, Black and Indigenous Women of Colombia), was dedicated to workshops, where seminar attendees drew conclusions and discussed the arguments raised in previous sessions.

The seminar was eventually brought to a close with a programme of films against human trafficking for sexual exploitation, co-ordinated by the Department of Social Inclusion Projects at Doctors of the World. And alongside the conferences, a collection on gender and human rights entitled, "Don't be an accomplice", was exhibited at the UAM Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, on loan from the Ministry of Equality and the ANMUCIC.

Agentes y colaboradores

  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • CSIC. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • ASEYACOVI. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • ACENOMA. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • AICA. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Centro de Microanálisis de Materiales (CMAM). Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Centro de Investigación en Física de la Materia Condensada (IFIMAC). Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • CBMSO - Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa . Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • CIAL - Centro de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • CNB - Centro Nacional de Biotecnología . Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Centro de Iniciativas Emprendedoras (CIADE). Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Cámara de Madrid. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • FEMAN. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Fundación Universitaria Autónoma de Madrid. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • ICMAT - Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • ICMM - Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • ICP - Instituto de Catálisis y Petroquímica. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • ICV - Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • IFT - Instituto de FísicaTeórica. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • IIBM - Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • IMDEA - Alimentación. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • IMDEA - Nanociencia. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • IMM - Instituto de Microelectrónica de Madrid. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • InNorMadrid. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Parque Científico de Madrid. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Oficina de Transferencia de Resultados de la Investigación (OTRI) de la UAM. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Facultad de Ciencias. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Facultad de Derecho. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Facultad de Medicina. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Facultad de Formación de Profesorado y Educación. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Facultad de Psicología. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
  • Escuela Politécnica Superior. Enlace externo. Abre en ventana nueva.
Proyecto realizado con ayudas concedidas por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad / EXPEDIENTE: CEI10-1-0009 CEI UAM+CSIC: INNOCAMPUS 2010 Proyecto financiado por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, y el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad en el marco del Programa Campus de Excelencia Internacional/ EXPEDIENTE: CEI10-1-0009 CEI UAM+CSIC: INNOCAMPUS 2010