Together for Girls



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The scale of violence against children has reached epidemic proportions. Every year, nearly one billion children globally are exposed to some form of violence or exploitation—whether it’s experiencing violence directly or witnessing it in their communities.

National-level data on violence against children obtained from surveys conducted by Together for Girls’ country and organizational partners show:

  • About one in three girls and one in seven boys experience sexual violence as children.
  • More than 50 percent of children overall experience some form of physical violence.
  • More than one in five girls first sexual intercourse was unwanted.

Where does violence typically occur?

Sexual, physical and emotional violence touches children in virtually every community—from rich and poor to urban and rural—but the problem is often masked by silence. Our surveys show that violence mostly happens in a home. Children are often also at risk at school or when traveling back and forth from school. Often the places we expect children to be the safest are where they are actually at the most risk.

What are the consequences of violence against children?

Children who experience violence are often trapped in a vicious cycle. They suffer immediately and into the future and are more likely to be victimized again later in life or to hurt others, such as their partners or children. These consequences impact directly our ability to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

For example, girls who experience sexual violence are three times more likely to be HIV positive as an adult and are less likely to go to school, which affects their prospects of earning an income. They are also three times more likely to have an unintended pregnancy and girls under 15 who have experienced sexual violence are five times more likely to die in childbirth.

Children who experience violence also are more likely to suffer several other psychological, health and financial consequences.

As this violence continues in our homes, schools and communities, we all pay the price. To break the cycle of violence and its consequences, we must bring the issue out into the open and ensure all children have an opportunity to grow up safe, healthy and valued.

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In partnership with national governments, civil society and the private sector, Together for Girls brings attention to the issue of sexual violence against girls in support of country driven efforts for change. Our approach builds on partner's diverse advocacy, policy and service delivery platforms to support a comprehensive response to this complex issue.

We support practical and effective steps:

  1. National surveys and data to document the magnitude and impact of sexual violence, particularly focused on girls, to inform government leaders, civil society and donors.
  2. Evidence-based coordinated program actions in countries to address issues identified through the surveys, including legal and policy reform, prevention of sexual violence and improved services for children who have experienced sexual violence.
  3. Global advocacy and public awareness efforts to draw attention to the problem and promote evidence-based solutions.
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We embrace a government-led, national multisector planning process that wherever possible, builds on the work of partners on the ground to integrate the issue of sexual violence into appropriate programs. Developing and strengthening the capacity of individuals and institutions is a central precept of Together for Girls.

Under the leadership of governments, and in collaboration with civil society, UN agencies and other development partners, Together for Girls supports:

  • Gathering and dissemination of data on violence against children with a focus on sexual violence against girls.
  • The introduction and implementation of efforts to address violence, including:
    • Legal and policy reform, for example, working with high-level decision makers to improve policies and laws that protect girls and punish perpetrators.
    • Prevention of sexual violence against girls, for example, community mobilization to increase understanding of the problem and promote changes in behaviors and social norms. Interventions to help girls to acquire the knowledge and skills to protect themselves are also key.
    • Increase and improve services to strengthen the response for children who have experienced sexual violence, for example, making sure that they receive comprehensive support including medical, psychosocial and legal assistance. This includes making sure that post-rape care services are available.
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Together for Girls partners work to expand and disseminate evidence and generate action among leaders, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and advocates. We also support implementation of program approaches that are proven effective and can efficiently be brought to scale.

This issue cannot be solved through one sector alone. Bringing together individuals, groups and information across an array of expertise and disciplines, Together for Girls supports the use of tools, convenes groups and builds on existing programs and platforms to address the issue. We work with government, civil society, private sector and development partners in the areas of child protection, gender-based violence, public health, education, and justice.


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Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a focus on sexual violence against girls.

To address this horrific human rights violation and public health problem, Together for Girls brings together the expertise and resources of many of the strongest organizations working globally in development, public health, and children and women’s rights to collaborate with national governments and civil society.

Using our Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) as an entry point, we provide comprehensive data on the magnitude and consequences of this issue on a scale that never existed before. Our approach provides the foundation for action, mobilizing countries to lead a response and inform solutions that are evidence-based and supported by our global partners.

Launched as a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, the partnership includes five UN agencies, the U.S. government and the private sector. Our UN partners are led by UNICEF and include UNAIDS, UN Women, WHO and UNFPA. The U.S. government is represented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention (CDC/DVP); the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and its partners; USAID; and the Department of State’s Office of Global Women's Issues. Our private sector partners are Grupo ABC, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), the CDC Foundation and the Nduna Foundation.

The partnership hosts the intersection between child protection, gender rights, violence prevention and HIV/AIDS prevention, creating synergies and efficiencies that make it possible to take on such a large issue with a comprehensive, multi-sector response.

MISSION

Together for Girls’ mission is to mobilize and sustain a global movement to end the deep human rights violations, public health impacts and long term individual and social consequences associated with violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls.

VISION

Ending violence against children is central to achieving justice, health and prosperity for all. We imagine a world where children are safe, empowered and protected—free from violence, exploitation and abuse.

Private Sector Partners

BD - Helping all people live healthy lives Nduna Foundation Grupo abc, CDC Foundation - Helping CDC Do More, Faster

Multilateral Partners

UNICEF UNAIDS UNFPA UNWOMEN

World Health Organization

Government Partners

CDC US Department of State The United States President's Emergeny Plan for Aids Relief

Our Team

Founders Leadership Council Secretariat

CONTACT US

Together for Girls
c/o UNAIDS
1889 F Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20006

info@togetherforgirls.org

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