The expansion of inequality harms the development of children and teenagers in our country. We feel that the best way of jointly constructing a fairer society is by ensuring the well-being of our youth.
This is what motivated us to bring experts from different areas together, in order to analyze data, discuss hypotheses, suggest paths, and thus encourage Governments, institutions, and the general public to prioritize investment in early childhood.
The first edition of the forum was held in September 2018, in the Maksoud Plaza Theatre (São Paulo), with the technical support of the PENSI Institute and curated by the Veja and Saúde magazines. The event had two main axes. In one of these axes, of a more conjunctural kind, representatives of candidates standing for President of Brazil showcase their proposals regarding childhood and adolescence. In the other stream, more structural, experts discussed the main challenges of the area. In this report, we have brought together the presentations made on the occasion, involving issues like Government policies for childhood, infant mortality and its national discrepancies, child obesity, and the impact that violence has had on children and teenagers.
The 2nd Edition of the Forum saw the start of the path trailed by FJLES in its three priority themes for the decade, with the production of White Papers on immunizations, mental health, and food safety.
Led by Natalia Cuminale, a journalist specialized in health matters, this forum brought together authorities from these three areas. Juarez Cunha, a pediatrician and the President of the Brazilian Immunization Society (SBIm) and Renato Kfouri, a pediatrician and President of the Immunizations Department of the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics (SBP). Christian Kieling, psychiatrist and teacher at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and Jair Mari, a psychiatrist and the head of the Psychiatry and Psychology Department at UNIFESP, Mauro Fisberg, pediatrician, nutrologist and coordinator of the Center of Excellence in Nutrition and Eating Disorders of the PENSI Institute, Maria Paula de Albuquerque – nutrologist and clinical director of CREN/UNIFESP, Flavia Mori Sarti, economist, nutrologist, and Associate Teacher of EACH-USP.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this event was held in a hybrid format and the sessions may be accessed through the Children’s Health channel on YouTube and, on our News page, it is possible to look at a summary of the event.
Held fully online, the 3rd edition had the core theme of ‘Violence and cruelty against children and teenagers – the role of prevention’, and had thematic tables based on the Brazilian context of the cases, the national perception about this type of cruelty and the strategies for tackling and preventing such abuse. The Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, the ‘Galo da Manhã’ Institute and the Brazilian Coalition for the End of Violence against Children and Teenagers were partners in this event.
Violence and cruelty against children and teenagers.
This session has discussed this phenomenon in Brazil, as also the role of the State and society in its prevention. There was also the presentation of the first results of the survey conducted by the Brazilian Forum for Public Security, and the records of occurrences related to cruelty and domestic violence, as well as lethal and sexual violence, in 12 Brazilian Federative Units of the country’s five regions, for the period between January 2019 to June 2021.
Participants in the Debate:
- Cassia Carvalho, Global Partnership to End Violence (ONU/ UNICEF)
- Sofia Reinach, Brazilian Forum on Public Security
- Luciana Temer, Liberta Institute
- Érika Kokay, Federal Congresswoman (Workers’ Party – PT, Federal District)
- Mediator: Paula Miraglia, Nexo
Violence and cruelty against children and teenagers – the Brazilians’ perception.
In this session there was a debate on the findings of a national survey, ordered by FJLES and by the ‘Galo da Manhã’ Institute that seeks to capture the perception of attitudes and behavior among the Brazilian population with regard to violence and cruelty to children and teenagers. Understanding and discussing the values and practices in the raising of children and teenagers is very important for their protection, for guaranteeing their rights, and also for upholding their healthy development.
Participants in the Debate:
- Fabiana da Silva, Apadrinhe um Sorriso (Adopt a Smile)
- Luci Pfiffer, Brazilian Pediatrics Society (to be confirmed)
- Rodrigo Sinott, UNIFESP – PROVE (Program for Service and Research in Cases of Violence)
- Mediator: José Luiz Egydio Setúbal, FJLES
Violence and cruelty against children and teenagers – how can this be tackled and prevented?
Managers of initiatives seeking to prevent violence and support children, teenagers and even their families when overcoming traumas share their experiences, as well as things they got right and wrong within their practices. These initiatives are part of the study being carried out by the partnership between FJLES and the Brazilian Coalition for the End of Violence Against Children and Teenagers, for the mapping and systematization of case studies of ten practices for the tackling and prevention of violence against children and teenagers in Brazil.
Participants in the Debate:
- Ana Paula Lima, Anai,’ Cunhataí Ikhã’ Project
- Márcia Dias, Santa Fé Association
- Gabriela Peixinho, Fight for Peace (Luta pela Paz)
- Michael Farias Alencar Lima, Social Development Department of the city of Vitória da Conquista, Bahia
- Mediation: Renata Rivitti, Childhood and Adolescence Operational Support Center, of the Department of Justice of the State of São Paulo.