One life at a time.
Poor, remote communities along Brazil's BR-116 motorway are living an epidemic of child sexual exploitation. Our aim is to change that, one life at time.
To be at the forefront of the fight against violence, sexual exploitation and injustice against girls in Brazil.
WHO WE ARE
To defend the rights and aid the wholesome development of girls who are at risk from, or victims of, violence and sexual exploitation.
To promote actions which combat abuse and exploitation, and provide to girls the means to live creative and meaningful lives.
WE WORK ONLY WITH GIRLS
Girls are so often ignored by social projects in Brazil, yet they are often the ones whose needs require a specific, targeted approach. Meninadança tailors its projects to meet the unique and complex needs of traumatised young girls.
WHY WE EXIST
"I'm in this life today, I go with who I go with, I sniff cocaine, I get in trucks... I do all these things because I've lost her."
Andreia's mother died of Aids when she was eight. She was soon pushed against her will into a world of violence and exploitation. Her story is similar to thousands of other young girls growing up along Brazil's BR-116 motorway. It is because of them that we exist.
THE EXPLOITATION HIGHWAY
miles - the length of the BR-116,
Brazil's longest motorway
places where children are known to be
sold for sex, according to police
...or one place every ten miles - the
world's worst road for child prostitution
"Normal or not, accepted or not, child sexual exploitation shatters young lives. A girl who is sexually exploited is robbed of her childhood and denied the opportunity to discover her own identity and self-worth. There is no greater violation of a child’s human rights."
Our strategy for change
We believe it is possible to bring an end to child sexual exploitation in communities
along the BR-116, by fighting it on five different fronts.
Our work with at-risk girls and their families aims to rescue and restore broken lives.
Our actions challenge acceptance of abuse and encourage people to view and treat girls differently.
AWARENESS RAISING & ADVOCACY
We bring attention to the epidemic of child prostitution along the BR-116 and pressure for change.
We challenge injustice and impunity by taking on cases of violence, abuse or exploitation of girls.
TRAINING & RESOURCES
We support others working with at-risk girls by conducting training and providing resources.