Every year, violence affects more than 1 billion children, in every country and every community. It robs them of their dignity, their rights, their potential, their future. Violence against children includes all forms of physical, sexual and mental violence; neglect or negligent treatment; maltreatment or exploitation; harm or abuse, including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking and child labour.
In a rapidly connected world of information communication, technology and internet, perpetrators use this industry infrastructure to victimize children. Remote parts of the planet are now within reach due to cheaper and easier travel, proliferation of forms of travel and tourism and new dimension of travel- online bookings, voluntourism, peer to peer accommodation arrangements. Offenders’ opportunities and venues have drastically increased, and more children are victims or at risk. Business needs to respond to these threats with increased due diligence.
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This year’s Global Child Forum welcomed heads of state and heads of companies, leaders from civil society and learners from across South America and beyond. All came together with the goal of providing the region’s children with the best possible path to productive adulthood. All came together with the belief that the business sector is key to achieving that goal. Nearly 400 delegates gathered in the FIESP building on Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, its soaring modernist architecture a fitting backdrop for tackling a far-reaching children’s rights agenda. Read the Forum report — full of inspiration, ideas for action and case stories.
Paul Sistare is a man on a mission. As the Founder and CEO of Atlantica Hotels International (Brasil), he not only ensures that his guests get a good night’s rest, but he makes sure that he does too. How does he do this? By knowing that he, and the whole Atlantica Hotel chain, promotes sustainable tourism with a special emphasis on protecting children’s rights.
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