Gender Mainstreaming

Commonwealth Strategies on Politics, Macroeconomics and Human Rights

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These papers were commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat for the fifth meeting of Commonwealth ministers responsible for women's affairs in Trinidad and Tobago in 1996. Topics covered include: increasing women's participation in politics and economics, and human rights concerns for women.



The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of the Girl-Child in Commonwealth Countries: An Overview

The phenomenon of the sexual exploitation of women and young girls for financial or other consideration is familiar to most societies. It is commonly described as prostitution and its discreet social legitimacy is reflected in the idea that it has existed from time immemorial and is the “oldest profession” of women. Sanctions introduced have invariably been against women for “soliciting” on public streets and occasionally against men and women who facilitate prostitution as procurers and brothel owners.


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