Online workshop series: Youth Violence and Crime Prevention in the Context of COVID-19

Countries around the world are grappling with the many harmful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including health and socio-economic impacts. Young people are particularly vulnerable to the disruptions the pandemic has caused, and many are now at risk of being left behind in education, economic opportunities, and health and wellbeing during a crucial stage of their life development. Many of the hardships faced during the COVID-19 crisis are also known risk factors associated with crime, violence and drug use, and may expose youth to increased victimization and involvement with crime during and after the pandemic. 

To contribute to the global effort required to continue supporting and engaging youth during the COVID-19 era, UNODC, in the context of the Youth Crime Prevention component under the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, will organize a series of online workshops on youth crime and violence prevention during and after the pandemic in different parts of the world. 

Objectives of the workshops

  • Raising awareness of the impact of COVID-19 on children and youth, with a focus on crime, violence and drug use, and associated risk factors;
  • Sharing experiences across countries on providing support to young people and their families to lower the risk of youth violence, crime and substance use during and after the COVID-19 outbreak;
  • Exploring innovative responses that could be put in place to address increased vulnerabilities of young people as a result of the middle and long-term impacts of COVID-19, and to increase youth resilience to victimization, violence and crime during and after the pandemic.

Workshops and dates

Webinar 3 in Peru: Youth and violence prevention through sport

When: 11 September 2020, 19:00 Peru time

Live streaming via Facebook Live of SENAJU and the Municipality of Chiclayo

Agenda:

Moderation: Karla Paredes - Agents of Change for Education

National Youth Policy and Youth as Agents of Change - Cynthia Cano, SENAJU

Crime prevention through sport - Augusto Fuentes, Line Up Live Up trainer, Mi Perú

Sport, prevention and a culture of peace - Cecilia Caparachín, Researcher

Sport and its application in contexts of violence - Pedro Pérez, Newton College

Youth participation to prevent violence- Karina Villegas, Provincial Municipality of Chiclayo 

Webinar 2 in Peru: Physical activity and sport as a means for social integration and violence prevention 

When: 10 September 2020, 19:00 Peru time

Live streaming via Facebook Live of SENAJU and the Municipality of San Martín

 Agenda:

Moderation: Karla Paredes - Agents of Change for Education

National Youth Policy and Youth as Agents of Change - Rosemary Fernández, SENAJU

Sport as a tool for social development in a crisis situation - Ana Buey, Laboratorio Investigación Deportiva

Experiences promoting sport in Metropolitan Lima  - Tania Ruiz, Municipality of Metropolitan Lima 

Project management to promote peaceful coexistence through sport and recreation - Claudia Orihuela Vidaurre, Provincial Municipality of San Martín       

Workshop in Central Asia

When: Wednesday 26 August (14:00-16:00 Bishkek, Tashkent, Dushanbe time)

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Agenda:

 Welcoming remarks- UNODC 

Session 1: Sharing experiences of Central Asia countries on effective responses to youth violence and crime prevention, in the context of Covid-19 , through youth and family support programmes for skills development and empowerment.

Session 2: Supporting youth development in the context of COVID-19 through family support and positive parenting.

Q&A

Workshop East African Island States

When: Tuesday 25 August (14:00-16:00 EAT)

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The event will discuss the youth crime and violence prevention in the East Africa Island States, including in Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles in the context of the social impact of COVID19, to gain insights on the challenges faced and on effective responses in the region.The event aims to discuss in particular:

 

  • Youth crime and violence linked to poor livelihoods
  • Youth crime and violence linked to organised crime

  

Workshop Africa coastal and mainland states

When: Tuesday 1 September (14:00-16:00 EAT) East 

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The event will discuss the youth crime and violence prevention in the East Africa coastal and mainland states Island States, including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, in the context of COVID19, to gain insights on the challenges faced and on effective responses in the region. The event aims to discuss in particular:

 

  • Low income and inequalities as risk factors that increase the likelihood of youth crime and violence
  • Youth crime and violence linked to poor governance and safety
  • Access to social services to prevent youth crime and victimization  

Workshop 1 in Peru in partnership with National Youth Secretariat of Peru (in Spanish): Youth and culture of peace in the context of COVID-19 - Art and sport to prevent crime and violence

When: 11 August 2020, 10:30 Peru time

Public transmission via Facebook Live/Youtube/Instragram of SENAJU (Secretaría Nacional de la Juventud, Perú)

 

Agenda: 

 Moderation: Julio Corcuera, UNODC Peru

National Youth Policy and youth as agents of change -  José Montalvo, National Youth Secretary, SENAJU

Challenges facing youth in Latin America in the COVID-19 context - Ernesto Rodríguez, Director of the Latin American Youth Centre, CELAJU         

Let's move things, shall we dance? -  Vania Masías, President and Founder of the cultural association D1

Sport for prevention and development -  Alison Rodríguez, Gymnastics Club, Trujillo

Line Up Live Up, preventing violence through sport - Víctor Hugo Candela, Football trainer from the municipality Villa María del Triunfo  

Conclusions - Joan Taboada, Research and Evidence Centre       

Workshop 2 in Mexico (in Spanish)

When:

5 August 2020, 9:00 Mexico City time

Online (MS Teams)

 

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Agenda 

Moderation: Teresa Navarrete, UNODC Mexico/CoE

Opening: Kristian Hölge, Representative, UNODC Mexico

Recap webinar 1 and context: Lucía González, UNODC HQ/Vienna

 Part I: Youth participation at the local level for effective responses to violence and crime

Part II: Responses to face greater risks and vulnerabilities during and after COVID-19 with a gender perspective

Panellists:

  • Majo Rodriguez, National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)

  • José Antonio Pérez Islas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

  • Alfredo Nateras, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM)

  • Gerardo Olloqui, Youth Institute of Michoacán

Workshop 1 in Mexico (in Spanish) 

When:

29 July 2020, 9:00 Mexico time 

Online (MS Teams)

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Agenda

Welcome/moderation: Markus Gottsbacher, UNODC Mexico

Opening remarks: Kristian Hölge, Representative of UNODC Mexico

Introduction and UNODC Youth Crime Prevention initiative: Lucía González, UNODC HQ/Vienna

Panel discussion I: Impacts of the pandemic on youth

Panel discussion II: Responses and strategies to the challenges during and after the pandemic

Panelists:

  • Isabel Aguilar, Catholic Relief Services

  • José Alfredo Betancourt Zavaleta, Universidad Vercruzana

  • Tere Almada, CASA A.C. / Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
  • Roberto Valladares Piedras, Lantia Consultores                                                

Workshop in South Africa (in English)

When: 22 July 2020

14:00 in South Africa and Vienna (CETS)

Online (MS Teams)

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 Agenda

Welcome: Ms. Zhuldyz Akisheva, Regional Representative for UNODC in Southern Africa

Opening remarks: Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in South Africa 

Context of webinar series and Doha Programme:  Mr. Marco Teixeira, Senior Programme Officer, UNODC HQ

Address on Youth at the helm: a breakdown in social cohesion as a threat to crime: Prof. Mzi Nduna, Ass. Prof at WITS University & Oyama Tshona, Researcher on GBV & SRHR

Address on Lived Experiences of Youth violence in South Africa: Ms. Keitumetse Fatima Moutloatse, Youth representative

Address on Youth Violence and Crime Prevention Measures during COVID-19 and beyond. The 2016 White paper on Safety & Security and its applicability to the pandemic: Ms. Bilkis Omar, Chief Director - Civilian Secretariat for Police

Address on Current and Future Priorities for South Africa: Ms. Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister of Social Development

Q&A session: Ms. Lucía González, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, UNODC HQ

Closing remarks: Ms. Zhuldyz Akisheva, Regional Representative for UNODC in Southern Africa

Moderator: Ms. Linda Naidoo, National Project Officer-GBV, UNODC South Africa

Workshop Latin America and the Caribbean (in Spanish)

When: 17 July 2020

9:00 in Colombia, Mexico, Peru
10:00 in Dominican Republic
16:00 in Vienna 

Where:

Online (Microsoft Teams): Registered participants will receive a link to join the event.

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Agenda  

Opening: Marco Texeira - Coordinator of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, UNODC

Panellists session I: Risk factors of youth crime and violence in the context of COVID-19

  • Arturo Alvarado - Professor, College of Mexico, Mexico
  • Cecilia Caparachín - Specialist on Youth Violence and Crime, Gender and Discrimination, Peru
  • (CT) Andrés Posada - Coordinator of the Department of Illicit Recruitment, Ministry of National Defense, Colombia  
  • Luis Norberto Verges - Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Centre of Behavioural Interventions, General Prosecutors Office, Dominican Republic

Moderation: UNODC Colombia

Pause –  musical performance by youth from the Civil Association CREEANDO, Peru

Panellists session II: Actions to prevent youth crime and violence during and after the pandemic

  • Divina García Vásquez – Expert responsible for the Unit of Family Support, Ministry of Education, Dominican Republic
  • Malory Briceño - Crime Prevention Specialist in the Department of Children and Adolescents, Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, Colombia
  • José Montalvo - National Youth Secretary, Peru
  • Pablo Vázquez Camacho - Subsecretary of Prevention and Citizen Participation, Secretariat for Citizen Security in Mexico City, Mexico 

Moderation: UNODC Peru

Conclusions and closingUNODC Mexico   

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in severe health, economic and social impacts around the world. The harmful effects of this pandemic are most damaging for those in already disadvantaged or vulnerable situations, and anecdotal data indicates that COVID-19 will further increase inequalities, discrimination and marginalization.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to the disruptions the pandemic has caused, and many are now at risk of being left behind in education, economic opportunities, and health and wellbeing during a crucial stage of their life development. Over 1.3 billion people are not able to go to school due to school closures (UNESCO, 2020), and the increase in unemployment rates due to COVID-19 is expected to exceed that experienced after the 2009 financial crisis (UNDESA, 2020).

Many of the hardships faced during the COVID-19 crisis are also known risk factors associated with crime, violence and drug use, and may expose youth to increased victimization and involvement with crime during and after the pandemic. Such risk factors, accentuated by confinement and restriction measures, include limited access to education and employment, inequality, stress within families/households, poor mental health and wellbeing, and loss of social and community networks.

The 2.34 billion children and youth currently under some form of confinement due to COVID-19 are at higher risk of exploitation, violence and abuse (UNICEF, 2020), including domestic violence and cyberbullying. Children and young people are less likely to seek help and contact support services, and owing to lockdown measures, they may have also limited access to positive coping mechanisms they may turn to in times of crises, such as community service, formal or nonformal education, sports and other types of physical activity. In this context, young people may turn to negative coping mechanisms such as alcohol, drug abuse, and self-harm (Compact for Young People, 2020).

While some parts of the world have witnessed decreases in homicides and other types of crime during COVID-19, organized crime and youth gangs have continued to operate violently in some regions (UNODC/CCSA, 2020) and there have been reports of criminal groups enforcing health measures and offering services to citizens in an attempt to generate more support in local communities. It is clear that prolonged socio-economic and mental health challenges experienced by youth and their families could result in increased youth crime, violence and victimization further down the line. In this context, it is essential to invest in prevention efforts now, ensure continuity of support services and opportunities for positive youth development during and after the pandemic.

This unprecedented crisis calls for strong, timely and comprehensive responses that ensure the physical and mental well-being of young people. Key elements of the response to prevent youth violence include prioritizing the continuity of services for families, parents, children and youth, including community-based programmes. To this end it is essential to sustain funding and investments in young people’s education, life skills development, employment and recreation/sports opportunities, strengthening parenting skills, and ensuring availability ofand access to support services. As key agents of change, young people are responding to the crisis through public health promotion, volunteering and innovation, and they will be key to an inclusive recovery.

To contribute to this global effort required to continue supporting and engaging youth during the COVID-19 era, UNODC, in the context of its Youth Crime Prevention initiative under the Global programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, will organize online workshops on youth violence and the aftermath of the pandemic, with the engagement of relevant State actors, UN entities, academia, civil society  organizations and youth associations.

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