Women in Prostitution and Children at high Risk of Abuse and Exploitation
According to ECPAT International’s 2006 Global Monitoring report on status of action against commercial sexual exploitation of children in Bangladesh, more than 20,000 children live in the 17 registered red light districts of the country. Many of these children are forced into or are expected to be in the same situation as their mothers. They remain isolated and ignored having no access to services of the mainstream society. “Asserting the Human Rights and Protecting Children of women in Prostitution and Children at high Risk of Abuse and Exploitation” project commenced in 2008 aims to contribute to the development of a child friendly environment for the marginalized children in Bangladesh where they can assert their rights and get equal opportunity for their growth and development.
The project intends to ensure Protection, social recognition and options of alternative life style for the children of women working in prostitution and children at risk in Jamalpur district town through operating one 24-hours shelter home and providing the children a safe, healthy and child friendly Centre and offering standard and quality services to them as well as psycho-social and legal support. The project also ensures healthy meals and health care services, non-formal & formal education, appropriate life skill training courses and vocational training courses to children for their social integration through job placements. Besides, the project sensitizes and mobilizes the local community people, local administration and different public service providers to protect the children’s rights and ensure social justice.