By: Rehema Namukose, Women Deliver
To address the root cause of commercial sex trafficking and promote gender equality in the Asia Pacific region, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International (CATW)’s Asia Pacific regional office (CATW-AP) is using gender and sexuality educational camps to engage young men on issues of gender equality and sexual exploitation.
With support from the Catapult community, the program seeks to teach young men the effects of gender discrimination as manifested in commercial sexual exploitation; highlight the role men can play to end violence against women; and help them re-imagine masculinity, gender equality, and nonviolence. The program primarily targets men because they are the biggest consumers and demand-generators of commercial sex.
During the camps, participants are engaged at a personal level, and the experiences of trafficking survivors are shared with them. The camps give young men a platform to learn, engage in various discussions around gender issues, sexuality, and prostitution, and discover the role they play in curbing gender inequality.