The proposed programme entitled Reducing violence against children, with special focus on sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism, that started on 1 May, is a multi-national project aiming to ensure more effective civil society response to violence against children, such as sexual exploitation in 30 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. It is also to provide evidence-based global guidance to combat sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. The Project is coordinated by DCI/ECPAT Netherlands and involves DCI-International Secretariat, and the regional desk for the MENA region (at DCI Palestine) and all the newly established national sections in the region.

Alongside partner civil society organisations in the targeted countries, this programme seeks to protect children from sexual violence and exploitation by providing care and socio-legal support for child victims and children at risk and by awareness-raising training. A Global Study on child sex tourism will be developed to analyse emerging trends of this complex and ever-worsening violation of children’s rights, which will provide concrete recommendations and guidance in addressing this issue, all supported by evidence.

The overall objective of the programme is to reduce violence against children, with special focus on sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism.

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