Updated: Apr 14
Brazil and its people continue to experience a high level of violence in civil society. The current data reflects that violence is affecting an increasingly younger generation of black people. The stark reality is that 80% of young people killed in Brazil between 2016 to 2020 were black, between the age of 15 to 19 years old FBSP 2021 (Brazilian Public Security Forum)
Their FBSP report is collated from data provided by Police reports from 27 States.
Their report also indicated that 178,000 children and young people were victims of sexual violence between 2017 and 2020, which is 5 children per hour. It’s a shocking reality. 80% of this number were girls aged 10 to 14.
Florence Bauer, UNICEF’s representative in Brazil states “Its crucial to put in place effective public policies to prevent and respond to violence in Brazil”
The Brazilian Public Security Forum emphasizes the importance of significant improvements being made to how violent crimes against children and young people are recorded at source, specialist delegacies that could have professional know how in dealing with all types of violence and the significant improvement and professionalization of public, health and social assistance services that deal with violence against children and young people.
The Executive Director of Brazil’s Public Security Forum Samira Bueno says when she talks about the treatment of young people who are black and have experienced violent crime
“No public policy is in place for this group of young people who are often poor and have little education”.
Happy Child International advocates for structural change in the area of violent crime against children at all levels and that it writes about in this article.
We long to see a reduction in violence against Brazil’s children and young people and our collaborating with our partners to be part of the solution to this issue.
It is vital that we continue to support our Mentoring and Skills training programme. This offers vulnerable young people from fragile communities the opportunity to train for the work place and find employment.
We believe these kind of opportunities mitigate the risk of them getting involved in violent crime.
Written by: Caroline Taylor, Head of Operations at Happy Child