Centro de Defesa dos Direito da Criança e do Adolescente is based in Northern Brazail and has been in operating over the past ten years to advocate for the human rights of children and adolescents in the state of Tocantins in Brazil. The organization focuses on the issues of juvenile justice, the right to participate and sexual and reproductive rights. Using these thems, the organization hosts workshops with children and adolescents.
Goal: to enhance human capital development among the disadvantaged youth in Brazil.
Mission: to enhance socioeconomic transformation of disadvantaged young people through skills development for self-reliance.
Target group: Children and adolescent aged 10-24 years
Geographic Focus: Based in Brazil, CEDECA works in several communities in the state of Tocantins
Programs: 1) media and communications; 2) political mobilization; 3) political training; 4) studies and research; 4) government transparency and advocacy; 5) access to justice
Experience with Participatory Development
Since 2011, CEDECA has been using a methodology of working with young people and children based in popular education, social protagonism and individual autonomy. The methodology is built on the foundation of political interpretation/diagnosis, political ideology and social politic intervention. The approach has been used in multiple counties of Toncantins and has reached more than 10.000 children and young people.
CEDECA now operates a Youtube channel that is fully produced by children and young people who have participated in the the NGO methodology, called "E aí!?" (Whats up?). These youths are also coordinating the "Decennial plan", for the years 2017/27.
Participatory Research: Sexual Violence with Children and Young People
CEDECA’s has experience conducting participatory research and studies on the sexual violence experienced by children and adolescents. Research is conducted through the Observatory on Human Rights which has elaborated a methodology of information collection based on the participatory / emancipatory paradigm. The Human Rights Observatory for Children and Adolescents has already carried out a survey to identify the Network of Protection available to the children and adolescent who are vulnerable to or have experienced Sexual Violence. The results were published as part of the mapping of the host city for the World Indigenous Games which sought to solicit the voice of adolescents regarding the quality of network services for businesses. Since this research was completed, it has been undertaken in another five municipalities of the State of Tocantins. CEDECA also conducts monitoring of cases of sexual violence in the courts, training of authorities that attend children and adolescents’ victims of violence and monitoring of emblematic cases of sexual violence. The objective is to be able to propose a political agenda based on scientific data.
Name: Mariana Miranda Borges
Mariana participated in the survey of the Mapping of the City hosting the First Indigenous Peoples Games and the diagnosis of the Ten-Year Plan for the Human Rights of Children and Adolescents. In the first research she constructed the interview instrument, conducted interviews with the services that make up the Child and Adolescent Protection Network in six municipalities of the State of Tocantins and was involved in the systematization of the data. In the second study, she conducted focus groups in three regional ones of the State of Tocantins analyzed the data. She is looking forward to having the opportunity, together with other young people, to exchange experiences about participatory research on sexual violence against children and adolescents in order to strengthen this practice in the world as one of the ways to confront violence against children and youth.
Name: Matheus Gonçalves Brito
Age: 22 years
Matheus has worked in the field as a volunteer through his law studies. He has specifically worked with several adolescents and children who have been victims of sexual violence. He is keen keen to participate as it will facilitate the sharing of experience of this methodology, review of limitations and potentialities of the research and to be able to learn from other organizations through the exchange of experiences.
Name: Bárbara Oliveira Xavier Cordeiro
Age: 24 years
Barbara has been working with CEDECA to facilitate the political empowerment through conducting research on the sexual violence of children and adolescents. She has been part of the first phase of the project which sought to collect data from the municipalities on the rates of violence as well as the second phase which focused on talking to adolescents about their sexual rights. She has been a Researcher of the Regional Observatory of Juvenile Criminal Research, on the Brazilian Juvenile Justice system since 2014 and has been involved in an EU-funded project Coalitions of Red Sur, that involves working in partnership with NGOs to defend children's and adolescents' rights in Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia. The Observatory aims to monitor the functioning of the juvenile justice system in those countries. Barbara has also been a Researcher on a number of other studies including the Nucleus of Studies in Human Rights (NEDIH) with the State University of Tocantins, in 2014; a study on the operation of the Municipal Councils of Children and Adolescents in the State of Tocantins. As part of the Lighthouse Project, she has developed plans to assist six municipalities in Tocantins to cope with sexual violence which involved collecting the data from the municipalities about the rate of sexual violence then meeting with adolescents to talk about sexual rights in 2015 and 2016.
Barbara is keen to be part of the Being Heard initiative because she believes in the importance of promoting the sexual rights of children and adolescents as a way protect them against sexual violence and can be strengthened in their human rights.