Promotion of local actions

Convergence Agenda

Childhood Brasil influenced the creation and development of the Convergence Agenda for the 2014 World Soccer tournament. The Convergence Agenda (CA) is a unique initiative that brought together 35 groups, including government ministries, international agencies and civil society organizations in order to build a common agenda for child protection in the context of the Soccer tournament.

Led by the Secretariat for Human Rights of the Office of the President of Brazil, the CA resulted in the creation of Local Committees for the Protection of Children in the World Cup’s 12 host cities. These committees contributed to strengthening the activities of the Local Childhood Protection Network in these cities, and were responsible for conducting a local action plan to protect children. The main strategies of this plan involved (a) the creation of safe spaces located close to the fan fests, where children could stay or spend time; (b) the installation of reporting centres staffed by volunteer professionals from various government agencies or NGOs, where any violence against children or adolescents during the World Cup could be reported or directed; and (c) the work of mobile teams at high traffic locations, such as the fan fests.

Within the Convergence Agenda group, Childhood Brasil implemented a Working Group—in tandem with UNICEF and Fundação Itaú Social—which created the “Reference Guide for committees on the comprehensive protection of children and adolescents in the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.” The completion of this guide was an important milestone for the Project, as it standardized the training of local committees, their responsibilities, key strategies, and models for monitoring and evaluation.

Preliminary results of the Convergence Agenda and numbers during the 2014 World Soccer tournament include:

12 Local Child Protection Committees created and activated in the host cities.

Mobilization of 2,500 professionals to conduct the childhood protection actions during the Soccer tournament (safe spaces, reporting centres, and mobile teams).

Ten National Meetings for Local Committees, whose objective was to support the strengthening and alignment of the actions.

In Brazil

Compared to the same period in 2013 (June 12 to July 13), there was a 16% increase in the number of reports regarding violations of human rights against children and adolescents. (Source: Human Rights Hotline: Dial 100)

In the 12 host cities

Compared to the same period in 2013 (June 12 to July 13), there was a 26.7% increase in the number of reports regarding violations of human rights against children and adolescents. (Source: Human Rights Hotline: Dial 100).

15% of these reports were for sexual violence (Source: Human Rights Hotline: Dial 100).

São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus and Fortaleza were the cities with the greatest number of reports. (Source: Human Rights Hotline: Dial 100).

The local committees generated the following preliminary data on the types of occurrences reported during the 2014 World Soccer tournament:

Violations Types of occurrences Total occurrences
Sexual Exploitation Child Labour Street Situation Use of Alcohol Lost/Missing C&A Apprehension of adolescents in conflict with the law Other occurrences or relevant facts
Totais 17 251 35 49 93 83 448 1068

Innovative projects: Young people implemented mobilization and communication projects for childhood protection.

In 2013 Childhood Brasil posted a nationwide Public Notice seeking innovative communication and mobilization projects led by young people. Nine projects were selected for technical and financial investment in nine of the 12 host cities. A total of R$360,000 was apportioned to enable the projects to be carried out.

Twenty young leaders from the projects supported improved their strategy through a technical workshop coordinated by Childhood Brasil. Schools, airports, bus stations, fan fests, hotels and social networks were some of the target areas of our actions. For more information (in Portuguese only), the following link summarizes our key actions during the World Cup:Check here.

The projects are undergoing an evaluation overseen by consulting firm MOVE. This assessment is scheduled for completion in November 2014, and seeks to address the following issues:

Understand the results achieved by the projects.

Understand the meaning and potential of youth mobilization for fighting sexual violence against children.

Build learning with the initiative in order to nurture the strategic redefinition process of Childhood Brasil programs which are currently underway.