'Proteja Brasil', The Brazilian App Against Juvenile Violence

Mobile apps seem to be under the spotlight in Brazil. This time, a new app called 'Proteja Brazil', which means Protect Brazil, has been launched, in a partnership between UNICEF and two Brazilian entities. The application is being publicized on social networks, in order to draw more attention to it, and is part of the celebrations on the 14th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

About the Convention

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly back in November 20th 1989. It is a human rights treaty which sets children's many rights: civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural. According to this convention, a "child" is any human being below the age of 18, unless the age of majority is set earlier by any given state legislation. Only three UN members still have not ratified this Convention: Somalia, South Sudan and... the United States of America. Oddly enough, the first two are on the verge to ratify it, while it is not feasible that the US Government will do it soon.

'Proteja Brasil'

This application works in a very simple way: not only it presents informations about various types of violence, it also indicates the user, accordingly to the his location, contact numbers and addresses of police stations, counseling offices and victim associations, wherever they exist. In case they do not exist on the user's location, it presents the message "Disque 100" (meaning Dial 100), the Brazilian line for Human Rights. If the user is outside the country, the applications presents informations regarding contacts of Embassies and/or Consulates.

Proteja Brasil is completely free to download and is available for Android and iOS systems, and can be found on Google Play and Apple Store. In case you would like to publicize the app, use #PROTEJABRASIL on Twitter. To learn more about how the app works, watch this video (Portuguese).