Friday, January 11, 2008

Socialist Youth Network discussion meeting on prostitution

The Socialist Youth Network (SYN) that I co-chair with Owen Jones, are hosting an open discussion meeting on prostitution 7.30pm this Thursday (17th January 2008) Thatcher Room Portcullis House

This follows the parliamentary rally 4pm on Wednesday organised by the Safety First Coalition (That stroppy blogged about here).

The discusion meeting will be lead by Catherine Healy and Pye Jakobsson.

Its an informal event for SYN members (and anyone interested) to come along and debate the issue with these interesting speakers.

Catherine Healy was key to New Zealand's successful decriminalisation of prostitution in 2003, Ms Healy was appointed by the Minister of Justice to the NewZealand Prostitution Law Review Committee.
She is a founding member andthe national co-ordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective and is frequently sought by national and international organisations foradvice on issues affecting sex workers.
She was widely consulted for the publication of A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety in the NewZealand Sex Industry recommended by the Justice and Electoral SelectCommittee and collaborated with researchers from Otago University,Christchurch, on major research into the effects of decriminalisationsoon to be published.
In 1993 Ms Healy was awarded the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal for her services to women.

Pye Jakobsson has been organising for sex workers' rights since 1994, Ms Jacobsen is a founding member of Sex Workers and Allies in Sweden (SANS) which organises against the criminalisation of sex workers resulting from the criminalisation of clients. Hope to see some of you there

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