Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Project of the Federal Government of Brazil, begun in Alagoas is the result of requests from civil society presented at conferences of youth; movements praise project.
Minister Luiza Bairros   (Photo: Marcello Casal Jr. Agência Brasil)

  São Paulo - The federal government has launched today (26), in Maceió (AL), the first stage of a program to combat the growing number of murders of young black men between 15 and 29 years in Brazil. "Juventude Viva" "Youth Alive" began as a pilot in four municipalities of Alagoas and then result in a broader action, the Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Black Youth, to be adopted across the country.
The launch program was attended by Minister Luiza Bairros, the Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality (Seppir).

According to the Ministry of Health, 53% of homicides in the country reach young people. Of these, over 75% are black, poorly educated, the vast majority being male. Moreover, while the deaths of young whites fell from 9248 in 2000 to 7065 in 2010, the death of young black men increased from 14,055 to 19,255 in the same period.
  The state of Alagoas was chosen to start the program by having a high rate of violence, with 60 murders per 100 thousand inhabitants, the highest rate among states. According to the National Mortality System - Department of Health, in three decades the number of homicides in the state grew by over 420%. Another reason was the fact that Alagoas has the "Brasil Seguro" "Brazil Safer", from the Ministry of Justice, which will operate in conjunction with the "Juventude Viva".