17 With regard to the sexual exploitation of children a study would be carried

17 with regard to the sexual exploitation of children

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17. With regard to the sexual exploitation of children, a study would be carried out shortly by the Ministry of Social Affairs with a view to determining the scope of the problem and compiling statistics. Her country had taken part in the first World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Stockholm and would also take part in the second Congress, due to be held in Japan in December 2001. A programme for the prevention of ill-treatment and sexual violence against women had been developed in collaboration with WHO and some government officials had recently taken part in a seminar in Harare on the same issue. 18. The problem of street children was one of the Government’s primary concerns. Given that the seriousness of the problem was closely linked to the issue of dysfunctional families, a campaign concerning the family, developed with the help of UNICEF, was due to be launched in June 2001. Values which ensured that orphans were traditionally taken care of by the extended family were gradually disappearing. The campaign was designed to raise the awareness of families of the important role they had to play in preventing the phenomenon of street children. 19. The results of a study carried out with the help of UNICEF had shown that very few children were registered, and that had serious consequences for inheritance rights. A public awareness campaign had therefore been launched in order to encourage families to register all of their members. 20. Mr. KAMBINGA SELE (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that domestic law did not provide for the granting of Congolese nationality on a collective basis. Nationality could be acquired by individual request only. 21. Ms. PUTCHU KALIMA (Democratic Republic of the Congo) said that, to prevent the sexual exploitation of children, her Government had established the National Observatory for the Monitoring of the Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution of Children, which was a significant step forward. Composed of representatives from the Ministries of Justice, Social Affairs, Education and Health, as well as from the police, press and NGOs active in the field of child protection, the Observatory had the task of denouncing all cases of sexual exploitation of children.
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CRC/C/SR.706 page 5 22. Following the study that revealed that large numbers of children were not on the civil register, the Government had launched an extensive public awareness campaign in 2000, designed to make families aware of the problem. In the context of International Women’s Day 2001, her country had chosen the theme “women and the right to inheritance”, with a view to raising awareness of the importance of registering marriages through the official channels. Too many women were ineligible to inherit from their husband because their marriage was merely de facto rather than de jure and because their names did not appear on the civil marriage register.
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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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