Project Title: Strengthening families and local institutions for protecting children better from sexual abuse and any kind of child trafficking in Benin
Period of implementation: 1st Nov. 2017 – 31st Oct. 2020
Local executing partner: CIPCRE-Benin
In Benin, the legal framework to protect children from sexual violence was strengthened in 2015 and 2016 with the help of our last project ("violence-free schools") that we implemented in the Ouémé region with CIPCRE-Benin. For example, a code of conduct against sexual harassment and violence was institutionalized in all schools of Benin.
Additionally, various sensitization activities have raised public awareness of the phenomena and the risks that children, especially girls, are exposed to, as well as of denunciation and protection measures. Sexual abuse is no longer a taboo topic in public and, as a result, more and more harassments and cases of abuse are denounced.
Nevertheless, numerous children, especially girls, continue to experience sexual violence, forced marriage and child trafficking for economic and/or sexual exploitation (child labor and child prostitution). Transnational child trafficking is particularly wide-spread in the Ouémé department, a region close to the Nigerian border.
The project thus aims at reducing these phenomena, at raising more awareness for the risks and various forms of violence that children are exposed to and at enhancing child protection in everyday life.
Sexual violence being particularly wide-spread in and around schools and professional training sites, the project pays particular attention to the collaboration with educational institutions, students and trainees. Contact persons, so-called “peer educators”, are trained and supported in sensitizing their class-mates or colleagues.
Project aim is to reduce the diverse forms of sexual abuse and child trafficking in Benin.
Total project costs: € 609,400
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