Full title: Promotion of parental responsibility and creation of a protecting environment for children in the Ouémé department, who have become victims of parental conflicts
More and more parents in Benin have serious conflicts. Those are at times very violent, and children who witness them and can’t stand the psychologic stress run away from home. Currently, one out of two couples separate and since only few marriages are arranged legally, the future situation of their children is settled informally with arrangements that mostly neglect the interests of the children.
As a result, numerous children find themselves in new family constellations, where they are often ill-treated e.g. by the new spouses of one of their parents. They often loose contact to the other parent completely or even find themselves living in the streets without contact to their families at all. There, they don’t have sufficient access to food, shelter and medical treatment to meet their basic needs. Other fundamental rights, such as school education or protection from violence and exploitation are not met, either. Parents are usually not aware of their legal duties and different responsibilities towards their children.
5.000 children affected or endangered by the conflicts leading to separation of their parents and therefore facing serious difficulties, return to a stable and safe family context in which their fundamental rights are guaranteed.
More than 300 governmental and civil society representatives as well as active groups for a better child protection are proficient in the knowledge of fundamental child rights in case of parental conflicts and are active for the entire respect of these rights, Mediation between parents who are in conflict and seek for separation, is applied by governmental and civil society agents and is accepted by the parents.
Parents living in conflict and/or separation make a clear and formal agreement for the future of their children, whose rights are well respected.
The project addresses directly
And as intermediates
The Project will
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