Protecting vulnerable women across Africa and the Middle East

by TrustLaw
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:37 GMT

Equality Now, a global human rights NGO, wanted to understand how existing laws in Africa and the Middle East addressed the demand for prostition and sex trafficking. Equality Now sought to use the research to help regional grassroots organisations create a strategy for policy and legal reform to better protect vulnerable women in the region.

Thomson Reuters Foundation partnered with Latham & Watkins and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to produce a map of human trafficking and prostitution laws in countries across Africa and the Middle East: Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.

"Women who are subjected to sex trafficking are some of the most vulnerable in the world. They are not protected by laws, by policies, they are not given the services that they deserve and need" -Yasmeen Hassan, Global Director of Equality Now

Equality Now, Latham & Watkins, and RBS won the 2012 TrustLaw Impact Award for this groundbreaking project.