With respect to influencing policy on recovery and (re)integration from child sexual exploitation, what would be the key issues to be highlighted and advanced in your region, in advocacy work with policy makers?
Over the period of past twenty five years, after the ratification of UN CRC in 1990, Pakistan has made much efforts to improve and fulfill child rights. We also have seen a notable change in the response of policy makers on issues related to violence, abuse and exploitation of children. However, specific policies and programs to meet the recovery and most importantly the reintegration needs of children are absent. Perhaps that much focus has been paid on protection against sexual exploitation and less efforts been made to provide services to the child, victim of sexual exploitation. It is, therefore, essential to inform the policy makers at national as well as provincial level about the vacuum and supporting needs for such children, through quality and consistent services.
In this regard Article 39 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) states that: “States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of a child victim of: any form of neglect, exploitation, or abuse; torture or any other form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; or armed conflicts. Such recovery and reintegration shall take place in an environment which fosters the health, self-respect and dignity of the child.”
Lack of resources for recovery and reintegration services is an issue of concern; therefore, allocation of specific financial support is also required. Allocation of resources should be in tandem with the introduction of an efficient monitoring mechanism.
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