Regional Initiative - Preventing and Combating all Forms of Trafficking in Women

The regional initiative was launched by the Austrian Federal Government Minister for Women and Public Administration, with the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip) in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The initiative aimed to advance the coordinated and coherent policy responses to trafficking in women for the purpose of all forms of exploitation.

A regional high-level ministerial round table discussion between Austria and neighbouring countries was held in Vienna in September 2010 as the first in a series of joint events to debate specific steps towards strengthening transnational cooperation and enhancing coordination structures.

Emphasis was given to the advancement of a methodology for putting in place an effective information collection/sharing system, to joint preventative measures, to the creation of an anti-trafficking index to allow for continuous situation assessments, and to the development of an early warning system as well as to the establishment of mechanisms for early victim identification.