The Brussels’ Call is a collaboration of dozens of MEPs and more than 200 civil society organisations, working together to combat violence against women and girls through seeking to end the system of prostitution. Founded in 2012 by the European Women’s Lobby, Foundation Scelles and Movement du Nid, we are committed to working at international, European, Member State and local level to end sexual exploitation while ensuring accountability of procurers and sex buyers and effective supports are provided to those directly affected.
When society and all its citizens come together at local, national and European levels, we can achieve change. We must align with European values of respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.
We are seeking the introduction and implementation of the Equality Model in all EU Member States, and by the European Union as a whole – to support all women and girls, towards a Europe Free from Prostitution.
Sexual exploitation is a form of violence against women and girls - gender based violence means violence against a woman because she is a woman. Sexual exploitation is coercion and violence against women and girls.
Prostitution exploits inequalities in society and uses disadvantage to trap women in prostitution - no-one should have to enter prostitution because of their sex, poverty, homelessness, racism, migration status, or other forms of social and economic disadvantage.
The sex trade sends the message that its acceptable to objectify women - we want a society based on gender equality, respect and dignity. Women’s bodies are not products, and consent cannot be bought and sold.