(Part 3) Forming and Employing Young People through Public and Private Partnerships: The Case of Brazil's ViraVida Programme against Sexual Violence
UNFPA and Brazil's National Council of SESI (Industries' Social Services), are embarking on a partnership regarding sexual violence and youth, in particular adolescent girls and young women.
UNFPA and Brazil's National Council of SESI (Industries' Social Services), are embarking on a partnership regarding sexual violence and youth, in particular adolescent girls and young women. SESI Brazil and UNFPA would like to share innovate programmes led by the private sector aiming at girls and young women subject to sexual violence, in particular the VIRAVIDA Programme developed by SESI. VIRAVIDA, which started in 2008, works with marginalized adolescents and youth between the ages of 16-21, that have been or at risk of being sexually exploited and violated. The comprehensive programme focuses on building their capacities through education, health and psychosocial support, as well as professional training. The programme also provides classes about citizenship, health including sexual and reproductive health, household budget issues and entrepreneurism. Besides the training, which last from 10 to 12 months, the project also offers health care to the young people and their families, and a monthly stipend of financial support. A savings account is also opened on behalf of the students which can be accessed at the end of the course. At the end of the year long course the programme also counts on a partnership with the private sector to employ the graduates into the labor market, through internship projects and jobs including with formal contracts. The programme currently exists in 23 cities in Brazil, covering 20 different States. A recent evaluation of ViraVida was also completed demonstrating positive findings including its potential for social change and that participants' wages increased by nearly 45 percent after graduation. The aim of the gathering will be to: 1. Explore and share promising practices from other countries that support the rights of adolescents and youth, particularly those most at risk and vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation 2. Share the experience and innovation of the ViraVida Programme and other successful initiatives from other countries and establish a cooperation agreement for learning exchange between Brazil and interested governments 3. Bring together a global network of interested UN entities, organizations, governments and individuals who can be a support network for further knowledge generation and sharing as well as partnership opportunities.