Annual report 2011
- Project WATCH
- In Peru held the first national conference on Trafficking in Persons
- Government promises action against Dutch pedophiles in foreign countries
- Bangladeshi projects make headlines in Dutch newspapers
- Foundation stone for new vocational training institute in Bangladesh
- Project Partner Koinonia helps flood victims return to school
- Terre des Hommes hospital ship no longer needed
- Flood relief in Sri lanka
- The Hague Global Child Labour Conference
- For a reinforcement of children’s rights
13 year old Nandini, seen in the picture above, never went to school. She works as a weaver to supplement her family's income. Thanks to local project partner Society for Human Education (SHE) Nandini attends non formal education classes for out-of-school children. Non formal education provides working children the opportunity to study at a convenient place, pace and time. Nandini is studying for her 10th standard diploma.
“Bolivia is not doing enough to protect girls against sexual violence"
The Commission heard how violence against girls and women in Bolivia borders "femicide" (unpunished murder of women). Researchers reported that 34 percent of girls under eighteen are victim of sexual abuse. And every day, an average of twelve children in the country is raped. If these children do notify the police, access to the justice system is far from easy.
The children are often not (fully) believed by concerned authorities and agencies. There is a lack of training and specialist knowledge to the investigating authorities and procedures are delayed regularly. The researchers also reported that perpetrators usually go unpunished. The number of convictions compared to the number of reports received is minimal, the report said.
Bolivia fails to protect girls from sexual violence and is thus not complying with its obligations in the field of human rights, the report said. The researchers conducted a series of recommendations to the Commission and requested her to take action.
called her to take action. According to them, the Commission has the necessary authority to strongly urge Bolivia to take action against sexual violence against girls.
What does Terre des Hommes do?
Terre des Hommes aims to stop sexual exploitation of children in developing countries, including Bolivia. For example, we support Briza Centro Una Esperanza * ('a glimmer of hope'), in Cochabamba, where victims of sexual abuse receive therapy and legal assistance. We also provide information and raise awareness among students and parents.