Street Child United is to join forces with non-governmental organisations Terre des Hommes and Dreikönigsaktion (DKA) in order to give a platform to the rights of vulnerable children affected by the Olympics.
The partnership is to launch with the Street Child Congress in Rio de Janeiro, which takes place from 15-19 March at the Copacabana Palace Hotel and welcomes former street children from across the world, as well as Children and youths from Rio, Olympic host city.
The Congress is part of the Street Child Games (14-20 March) which will feature Olympic-themed games for young people from countries including Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Mozambique, Burundi, Pakistan, India, Philippines and the UK.
The “athletes’ village” is based in the Babilônia and Chapéu Mangeira community from where the young people will lead a daily march to the world famous Copacabana Palace Hotel for the Congress.
The Congress will conclude with a General Assembly on Friday 18 March, welcoming journalists, business leaders, local authorities and government figures to listen the children and youth present their recommendations. They will be able to express the issues they faced before the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The outcomes of the Congress will include an open letter to the International Olympic Committee demanding that children at risk and especially street children are protected from the abuse of their rights when a Mega Sporting Event is taking place.
In addition to highlighting the impact of mega sporting events, the Congress will address the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and some of the fundamental rights abuses they face, including Article 7 regarding the right to identity, Article 19 regarding protection from violence and Article 28 stating a right to education. They will make recommendations to be included in the Rio Resolution, which will be presented to world governments and the United Nations.
The partnership between the NGOs will continue throughout the Olympic year to ensure that those children most at risk are given the opportunity to be heard and their rights are defended.