The following Resolution on Trafficking in Women addressed to the European Parliament, The European Commission and National Governments was agreed by representatives of European National Councils of Women at the General Assembly of ECICW / CECIF in Freiburg, Germany on 23 October 2005.

Resolution on trafficking in women

The member countries of the European Centre of the International Council of Women, (ECICW / CECIF), a pan-European umbrella organisation working within the framework of the International Council of Women and of the European Women's Lobby, and with participative status at the Council of Europe, examined and explored the issues surrounding the growing trade in trafficking in women and girls at an international seminar in Freiburg, Germany, organised by the German Frauenring on 20th October 2005. The Seminar, together with the General Assembly of ECICW / CECIF held on 21-23 October 2005, expressed concern that so much remains to be done to curb this trade, and that a number of European Governments have not yet either signed or ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (Treaty series No.197).

The European Centre of the International Council of Women urges the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the National Governments of its member organisations to take immediate action to complete ratification of this Convention within Europe, and to adopt measures necessary to bring this shameful trade in women and girls to an end.

NOTE: The European Centre of the International Council of Women, ECICW-CECIF was founded in Switzerland in 1961 and registered in Finland 2002. Today it consists of National Councils in 23 European countries. Together they represent 10 million women through their 850 member organisations.

Austria: Bund Osterreichischer Frauenvereine
Azerbaijan: Association for the Protection of Women Rights After D.Aliyeva
Belgium: Nederlandstalige Vrouwenraad
Denmark: Women’s Council in Denmark
Finland: National Council of Women of Finland
France: Conseil National des Femmes Francaises
FYROM: Union of Women’s Organizattions of the Republic of Macedonia
Germany: Deutscher Frauenring
Great Britain: National Council of Women of Great Britain
Greece: Conseil National des Femmes Hellènes
Hungary: Hungarian Women’s Association
Israel: Council of Women’s Organisations in Israel
Italy: Consiglio Nazionale delle Donne Italiane
Lithuania: Lithuanian Women’s Society
Luxemburg: Fédération Nationale des Femmes Luxembourgeoises
Malta: National Council of Women of Malta
Monaco: Union des Femmes Monégasques
Netherlands: Nederlandse Vrouwenraad
Russia: The Women Union of Russia
Spain: Consejo Nacional de Mujeres de Espana
Switzerland: Alliance F - Alliance de Sociétés Féminines Suisses
Turkey: National Council of Turkish Women
Ukraine: Ukrainian National Women’s Council

Laura Finne-Elonen
President ECICW –CECIF


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