In October 2007 at the Autumn Council Meeting, Hampshire WI members adopted the following resolution.
“HCFWI urge local authorities to provide safe working spaces for the operation of brothels.”
Following debates on the subjects, the Hampshire Federation believes that decriminalisation or licensing of prostitution, in close working partnership with local health authorities, to ensure legal protection and safety standards, would better the lives of thousands of women thereby helping to reduce violence and exploitation and improve their safety and health.
Channel 4 television took the presenter and seconder of the resolution, Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels on a fact finding mission to America, Amsterdam and New Zealand at Channel 4’s expense. The tour was outlined by Jean at the following Spring Council Meeting in Portsmouth.
The programme showing the findings of our two Hampshire Federation members was shown on Channel 4 on Sunday August 3rd 2008.
Sadly Shirley died but Jean continued to promote the resolution and appeared in debates at the Oxford Union, Trinity College, Dublin as well as Manchester Debating Union. She also debated the Resolution at Bristol and Exeter and continued to meet with MPs and bodies such as the Association of Chief Police Officers. She actively spoke to WI Groups and WIs about the campaign and appeared in television interviews and programmes; local and national radio and many newspaper and magazine articles.
Jean sadly passed away in October 2016, but the campaign is very much ongoing.