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43. Fight against child abuse in the Kara region through the popularisation of legal texts and the promotion of community actions for the protection of children

Description

Beyond the general rights of the child, such as the right to life, to education, to health, etc., there are specific problems in the Kara region for children in particularly difficult situations: infanticide, child deprived of family environment, child worker, child trafficked, children victims of abuse and sexual exploitation or children called wizards.

To alleviate this state of affairs, the rights of the child must be preserved, protected and defended. For that, they must be known to all. But in Togo, the rights of the child are sometimes violated because they are not known to the vast majority of Togolese. The ratified international conventions and treaties, as well as the laws passed, although published in accordance with legal procedures, are not known to the general public.

The causes of violation of the rights of the child are among others:

> Insufficient dissemination of texts relating to the rights of the child;
> Impunity for rapists of the rights of the child;
> Lack of a system for the protection of children’s rights at Community level;
> Lack of care structures for child victims.

Duration: 12 months (pilot phase)
Promotor: Réseau des ONG, Associations et Syndicats de Protection des Enfants dans la Région de la Kara (RESOPE/Kara)
Beneficiaries: 4000 children
Total budget: 29 611 €
Outside financing sought: 27 611 €

Country: Togo

Project

It is a question of carrying out activities of information, formation and education of the populations on the rights, duties and the administrative and judicial steps to follow in order to protect children any form of abuse or violence. The project also involves creating an exchange framework communities to become aware of the harmful effects of human trafficking, early entry of children to work and various other abuses.

General objectives

The overall goal is to contribute to the significant reduction of child abuse in the Kara region through information, training and education of the people about rights, duties and the administrative and judicial procedures to be followed to protect children from forms of abuse or violence.

Specific objectives

1- Disseminate the various texts relating to the protection of children in force in Togo;
2- Strengthen the organizational and operational capacities of institutional actors in the promotion and protection of children;
3- Respond to the needs of child victims or at risk detected in the communities.

Expected Results

> 3,000 booklets on the rights, duties and administrative and judicial procedures to follow in order to obtaining certain documents in French are published, disseminated and distributed in schools and training workshops.
> 100 child victims or at risk detected in the communities of the region benefit from supports that meet their need: family reintegration, support tips, schooling and apprenticeship.
> The public is sensitized through activities aimed at educating, informing and communicating behavior change and awareness in schools and places public.
> 4 schools and 10 training clubs are trained and functional.
> 50 parents (members of the parents’ committee of schools and of apprentices) are trained and promote the rights of the child, as  a regular activity within their parents’ committees.
> Radio broadcasts are organized in local languages.

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