Programme (2018)

The Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights in cooperation with the European Women’s Lobby announce the EXIT Conference. In the framework of women’s human rights and gender equality, the objectives of the conference are:

  • to promote knowledge and debate on the most recent developments in public policies regarding the system of prostitution;
  • to contribute to a public policy aiming at the protection of women and the elimination of all forms of violence against women, and the suppression of sexual exploitation of women, particularly as it manifests itself in the system of prostitution;
  • voice the survivors of the system of prostitution, women’s organizations, youth organizations, pro-feminist men, local authorities, migrants’ organisations, and leading front-line NGOs supporting women in the system of prostitution.
08:00 Registration

Welcome and opening

Alexandra Silva – President of the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights
Eduarda Marques – Regional Diretor of Lisboa and Vale do Tejo of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth (IPDJ, IP)
Ana Sofia Fernandes – Vice-President of the European Women’s Lobby

Keynote I

Rachel Moran – Founding member of SPACE International, and author of the bestselling “Paid For – My Journey Through Prostitution”


EU Member-States: Presentations on international practices
(followed by debate)


The Netherlands – Renate van der Zee, writer and journalist
Germany – Huschke Mau, Netzwerk Ella, activist and survivor of prostitution
Spain – Sara Vicente, lawyer, Spanish Women’s Lobby
France – Florence Montreynaud, Historian
Sweden – Per-Anders Sunesson, Ambassador at Large for Combating Trafficking in Persons, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Moderator: Gustavo Sampaio, journalist



Young people driving social equality


Susana Duarte – Portuguese Social Democrats Youth
Pedro Anastácio – Portuguese Socialist Youth national secretary for equality
Roxane Lundy – French youth section of Generation S
Pierrette Pape – Coordinator of Generation Abolition, Chair of isala asbl
Sodfa Daaji – Afrika Youth Movement Coordinator

Moderator: Nora Kiss, Portuguese Network of Young People for Equality


13:00 Buffet lunch

Realising change


Sabrinna Valisce – Member of Sister Survivors and a formerly prostituted woman in New Zealand and Australia. Survivor from the system of prostitution and member of SPACE – Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment

Reflections and discussion, joined by:

Dália Rodrigues – Technical Director of the front-line NGO O Ninho
Anna Zobnina – Director of the European Network of Migrant Women
Lucas Chuffart – Co-founder of Zeromacho
Aline Rossi – Feminist Assembly

Moderator: Adelaide de Sousa, TV presenter


16:00 Coffee-break

From policy to practice: making real impact a reality


Viviane Teitelbaum – Member of the Parliament at the Brussels Region
Grégoire Théry – Director of Le Nid and of CAP – Coalition against prostitution
Raquel Abecasis – Representative from the project Alto do Parque
Natacha Amaro – Elected member of PCP at the Lisbon Municipal Assembly

Moderator: Gustavo Sampaio, journalist



Concluding remarks

Catriona Graham – Policy and campaigns Officer of the European Women’s Lobby
Ana Sofia Fernandes – European Women’s Lobby Vice-President and Secretary-General of the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights


Teresa Fragoso – President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality
João Paulo Rebelo* – Secretary of State of Youth and Sports
Ilidiacolina Vera Cruz – Board member of the Portuguese Platform for Women’s Rights and President of Mén Non – Association of Women from Sao Tome and Prince in Portugal


Women – Trafficking – Theatre Play

Presented by Sandra Benfica – MDM, Democratic Movement of Women

20:00 Cocktail and networking