Location Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Grantee 2016
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

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Juventude conquistando seus direitos

Training Youth to Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents

The lead up to the 2016 Summer Olympics sparked a wave of investments in Rio de Janeiro’s infrastructure, hotels, public transportation, and real estate. Despite these improvements, the games have also made negative social impacts on the city – to which little public attention has been given. Recent studies suggest an increase in sexual exploitation in the vicinity of construction sites throughout the city.

Founded in 2011 by former professionals in the Child Services, AECCI works to uphold the rights of children and adolescents. The project will mobilize adolescents and youth to combat sexual violence, while strengthening and sharing the Fórum Estadual da Juventude Carioca em Ação’s work – a place for youth to learn about and take action on public policies.

With support from BrazilFoundation, AECCI aims to:

• Hold 10 meetings to orient 30 youths on topics related to sexual exploitation and leadership;
• Hold 3 open workshops led by youth on sexual violence;
• Prepare youth to engage with the government and NGOs on public policies;
• Create opportunities for youth to communicate and mobilize through networks and forums on children’s rights.

Impact

30 youths trained through 10 workshops
3 meetings against sexual exploitation
Youth leadership
“We understand the importance of mobilization in the fight to end sexual violence against children…giving the opportunity for youth themselves to be the changemakers.” – Lúcio Taveira, AECCI

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