Anna Zobnina is a Strategy & Policy Coordinator at the European Network of Migrant Women (ENOMW). Born in St Petersburg, Russia, she has over ten years’ experience of intersectional feminist analysis of violence and discrimination against women, with specific focus on sexual-reproductive health and rights (SRHR), sexual exploitation and migrant women and girls. She is a selected expert with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and in ENOMW she works on capacity building of migrant women organisations and strengthening their inclusion in the European decision making.

Sex Work Propaganda & Well-Intended Silence:  when not having a position means accepting inevitability of misogynist-racist world order.

In my presentation I will address the conflicts within different EU human rights frameworks, how this lack of coherence at policy level legitimizes the pressure to normalize sexual exploitation for the most vulnerable women, particularly in the EU migration/refugee sector and how various actors, including those working “out of best intentions” become implicated in it. I will also address the structural links between racism and misogyny and the exclusion of migrant/ethnic minorities women that leads to selective lobbying, tokenism and human rights relativism pushing sexual-reproductive rights of women abused through prostitution, off the human rights agenda. How ‘othering’ and xenophobic attitudes sustain the “charitable approach” to sex-trade and why there is a need for feminist consciousness raising and solidarity in opposing the current culture of identity politics used to normalise male supremacy and Violence against Women and Girls.

Anna will be involved in the following FiLiA session:
Sexual Exploitation: where Misogyny and Racism meet              (Saturday Afternoon)