Professor Steve Biddulph
Steve is an Australian author, activist and psychologist who has written a number of influential bestselling books; and lectures worldwide on parenting, and boys’ education. Steve was appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology and Counselling, Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, in March 2011. Steve has been outspoken about the premature sexualisation of girls through media exposure and its impacts on mental health.
“We need to look to the example of the world’s most progressive and humane countries in protecting vulnerable people, especially the young and disadvantaged who are most often drawn into sex work. Powerful interests support the commercialisation of sex, and we need to not be hoodwinked that this is about freedom. It’s the very opposite.“
Nikki is Head of Communications for the Baptist Union of Victoria and for the last 4 years has led the Just Salvos Brothel Support Teams. Nikki is also on the Australian Working group of Stop the Traffik. With more than 25 women visiting 70% of the registered brothels in Victoria, this Salvo Team is in regular contact with prostituting women.
Nikki is an outspoken critic of sex industry regulation and an Australian society which accepts violence against women in the form of prostitution, as acceptable. She is a passionate abolitionist.
The Honourable Adele Carles
Adele is the former Green Independent MP for the seat of Fremantle in the states Legislative Assembly, prior to being elected to parliament Adele worked as a lawyer. Adele supports the Swedish model and has travelled to Sweden to see it in action. Adele has called on MPs to ensure shelter for women who wish to exit the prostitution industry in WA.
“This is an industry that makes money out of the sale of women’s bodies for men’s sexual gratification and often involves violence and long term physical, psychological and emotional harm to women.“
Geneviève is a survivor of the sex-trade in Victoria and Founder of Pink Cross Foundation Australia. Pink Cross outreaches to prostitutes and people addicted to porn and lobbies for the implementation of the Nordic Model of Sex work. She is also a visual artist (B.A. Visual Arts, Artistic Practice, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1998).
In 2001 she moved from French-Canada (Québec) to Australia and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Multimedia from Monash University. She also holds a Master’s of Communication (M.A., 2010), Interactive Multimedia from UQAM.
Her artistic practice includes relational art and human-computer interaction projects. From paintings to video art and performance pieces, she now develops her ideas based on community relationships. Social justice, compassion and inclusiveness have become prominent issues in all her work. Connecting with and bringing support to workers and consumers in the adult entertainment industry as well as trafficked women is now central to her personal aims and her own artistic, spiritual and practical activism.
The Rt. Rev’d John Harrower OAM
Rev’d John is the 11th Bishop of the Anglican Church in Tasmania. He has a background in economics and political science as well as experience working “on the ground” with people facing difficult situations in South America during the 1980’s. Bishop Harrower is outspoken on a number of areas of social justice including Asylum Seekers, Poker Machine Reform and Euthanasia. His passion for a healthy life-giving Tasmanian society is central to the expression and application of his faith.
“Sexual abuse and sexualised coercive behaviour are some of the worst evils of human society. To attempt to sanitise the evil of prostitution by applying commercial practices or pseudo-therapeutic language is simply wrong. No regulation is perfect, but the Nordic Model has proven itself in principle and practice and I call for its introduction in Tasmania and throughout Australia.“
Dr Caroline Norma
Caroline is a lecturer in the school of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning at RMIT University. Caroline is also a writer and social commenter, she regularly contributes to research and debate in the areas of prostitution and pornography and violence against women.
Caroline is active in other oranisations including CATWA ‘The Coalition Against Trafficking In Women’ and is a researcher for the Policing Just Outcomes Project, a collaboration with Victoria Police to survey rape and sexual assault victims in an Australia.
Melinda Tankard Reist
Is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is author/editor of four books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), now in its 7th printing, and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry (Spinifex Press, 2011, co-edited with Dr Abigail Bray).
A newspaper columnist, Melinda is a regular guest on morning television, and has also appeared on ABC Q&A and The
Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs.
Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation,
exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
Melinda is an ambassador for World Vision, Compassion and the Rise Foundation, Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women.
Organisations Supporting NorMAC
Collective Shout is a grassroots organisation which aims to mobilise and equip individuals and groups to target corporations, advertisers, marketers and media which objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.
“In our view prostitution is the ultimate outworking of the mainstreaming of sexual objectification of women and girls. It entrenches a view that it is acceptable to buy, sell, rent and trade in their bodies and impedes global efforts to improve the status of women in general.“
R.A.W – Radical Alliance of Women
R.A.W – The Radical Alliance of women is a grassroots network that aims to create solidarity between feminist women who are involved in radical politics. The idea for the Alliance came up in a conversation between a group of anarchist and socialist feminists in Melbourne, Australia.
“We actively oppose social institutions and industries that contribute to the global oppression and dehumanisation of women. These include but are not limited to: the sex and pornography industries, the surrogacy industry, beauty standards, heteronormativity, and Capitalism.“
International Organisations That Support the Nordic Model
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