How we protect children
Kindernothilfe supports numerous protection programs and makes every effort to prevent the children involved in its projects abroad and in its German-based activities from sexual abuse and maltreatment.Learn more
Brazil: More than half of all young people in Latin America live in the country that hosted the 2014 World Cup. But this up-and-coming country is doing too little to unlock the potential of the young members of its population. Social inequality, violence and inadequate education ruin the opportunities of many children and young people. Violence is particularly commonplace in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. What's more, sexual and domestic violence against women is a big problem. We support the project of our local partner Centro de Documentação e Informação Coisa de Mulher, which is devoted to preventing violence against girls. The project cares for 150 girls between the ages of 12 and 17. We also work in various districts of Rio de Janeiro to combat drug trafficking and the abduction of young girls. Please support our project work with a donation!
Most cases of sexual violence occur in the greater Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area. While girls under the age of 19 are the victims of two-thirds of all reported rape cases, most victims are between the ages of 10 and 14. More than half of the victims are black.
The large number of young mothers is also a pressing problem. Over the past ten years, there has been a 15% rise in the number of births among mothers between the age of 15 and 19. Some 700,000 young women in this age group become mothers every year in Brazil. Illegal abortions with significant health risks are widespread.
The girls that take part in the project activities are informed about a wide range of issues and are aware of rights violations. Roughly 80% of 2012 and 2013 participants stood up against domestic violence or sexual violence and thus were able to break out of the spiral of violence. They sought assistance from physicians, psychologists and police officers. Coisa de Mulher offered counselling and support every step of the way.
Project No. 9431CC