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Displaced children face rejection from their community and family

Dhaka, Sept 13, 2007: Children and women rescued from trafficking or hazardous jobs are facing huge challenges integrating with their families and societies due to the lack of a supportive environment.
This is one of the main findings from a workshop on “Social Integration of Children Withdrawn from Sexual Exploitation, Worst Form of Child Labour and Trafficking” held today at LGED Bhaban.
The three-day workshop began on September 11 and was organized jointly by the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MWCA) and UNICEF. Mr. John Frederick, international expert on social reintegration facilitated the workshop. It explored various options and alternative ways of implementing social reintegration and challenges in.
Participants attending the workshop raised concerns about the limited understanding of the concept of social integration and said that many children do not wish to return to their families and communities as the family members and the society often reject them.
In the concluding session, Ms. Mushfeka Ikfat, Joint Secretary, MWCA expressed the Government’s commitment to the issue and said, “The government is open and keen to address this issue with care, openness and a realistic vision for the interest of the children.”
A set of programmatic interventions and guidelines were developed for evolving a minimum standard of social reintegration in Bangladesh for children withdrawn from commercial sexual abuse, worst forms of child labour and trafficking.
The workshop was attended, among others, by members of the GO-NGO Coordination Committee on Trafficking under Ministry of Home Affairs and the Working Group on Violence against Children lead by MWCA.

For more information, please contact:
Arifa S. Sharmin Communication Officer, UNICEF, Dhaka
+8802 9336701-10/Ext. 442



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