Who We Are

Our Founder & Speaker

A Convention or special event coming up?  Want a speaker who will challenge, provoke, inspire?

Ideal for:

• Men in leadership
• Men's groups

• Women's groups
• Youth

A vibrant key note speaker, Stop Demand's founder Denise Ritchie has addressed audiences ranging in size from 30 to 3,000+.  She draws on a range of topical and often polarising issues that touch all communities - pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual violence, to widespread cultures spanning locker rooms to corporate boardrooms. 

Denise is a captivating speaker who challenges, provokes and inspires audiences to become part of a positive movement for change.

Denise Ritchie, speaking on
TVOne Breakfast, July 22, 2011


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Denise Ritchie - Stop Demand founder, visionary, campaigner, law refomer, international speaker












Denise Ritchie speaks to media outside the
Auckland High Court - November 11, 2011

  • Background: psychology (BA(Hons)) and law (LLB(Hons)).
  • Solicitor (1992-1998); Barrister (1998-current)
  • 1993-2003: active in ECPAT New Zealand and ECPAT International
  • 2003: founded Stop Demand Foundation
  • 2003-current: works full-time for Stop Demand
  • Spearheaded law reforms in New Zealand on child sex tourism and child sex abuse images
  • Has participated in meetings of experts on global sexual exploitation in the United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia, Southern Africa, East Asia, South East Asia, and the Pacific
  • Has led various public campaigns including targeting the hardcore porn industry, and the sexual denigration of women by corporates and mainstream sports media
  • Engages with media to raise public awareness on a range of issues
  • Works collaboratively with fellow agencies
  • Is extensively travelled (70+ countries)
  • Is a sought-after speaker in New Zealand and abroad. 

Internationally, Denise is best known for her address at the Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children hosted in Yokohama, Japan in December 2001. 
     Addressing some 3,000 delegates Denise challenged the collusive silence and failure to address widespread male attitudes and beliefs that underpinned male "demand" that fuels the global child sex trade.  Before a hushed audience, she concluded with a strong rhetorical call on men.  Denise and delegates were stunned when one-by-one dozens of men stood to their feet in response.  It was a defining moment in Denise's vision and work.





"We met in Yokohama at the World Congress 2001 and I asked if I could get your brilliant speech.... I translated it and it was sent to our Queen Silvia, who wanted to thank you, through me.."  
                                                                                - Vice-President of an NGO, Sweden


"We had a great turn out for the Unifem breakfast that our Club organised and the guest speaker Denise Ritchie was sensational..."   
                                                                               - Governor of a global women's organisation, New Zealand



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