45 Ms OUEDRAOGO said that the Family Code had established the system of

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45. Ms. OUEDRAOGO said that the Family Code had established the system of bilineal kinship to replace patrilineal or matrilineal kinship, thereby bringing the family under the authority of the leader of the community. Did that not make for a situation in which parents could indirectly evade their parental responsibility and not have to make certain decisions concerning their own child?
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CRC/C/SR.706 page 8 46. She also regretted the fact that women had to obtain their husbands’ consent before taking paid employment and that they received a lower salary during their maternity leave. Such provisions were contrary to those of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to women’s rights in general. 47. She asked whether parenting courses were run to help young parents to look after their households and expressed concern about arranged marriages, dowries and the fact that marrying an uncle was permissible. Did the country intend to put an end to those practices? 48. The Democratic Republic of the Congo was not party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Had it nevertheless concluded corresponding bilateral agreements with neighbouring States? 49. With regard to the family, what did women’s associations think of the Government’s stated aim of legalizing the practice known as “bureaugamie” (unofficial polygamy) and what would be the status of children born in such circumstances? She also wondered how guardians were assigned to children deprived of a family environment, whether there was a mechanism to monitor such placements and whether the State provided any financial support for the child or the guardian. She would welcome additional information on the adoption procedure, post-adoption monitoring and the differences between national adoption and the supervisory guardian scheme. She also asked whether the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo intended to ratify the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption. 50. She noted that the law that penalized family abandonment had been repealed in 1987 and replaced by the Family Code, which did not provide for any such penalty. While the law did provide for alimony, she would like to know the details of the measures which had been adopted to ensure that it was paid. At first sight, those measures seemed inadequate, since they applied only to parents working in the formal sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. How did the authorities go about ensuring that other parents and, in particular, those working abroad fulfilled their alimony obligations for the children who had remained in the country? 51. Regarding health, she asked whether there was an official policy on breastfeeding and birth spacing. Given that, in rural and semi-urban areas, in particular, an increasing number of people relied on traditional medicine, she asked whether the Government had taken steps to improve
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  • Summer '16
  • Ramon Wawire
  • Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Commercial sexual exploitation of children, Child abduction

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