Country governments are Together for Girls’ most important partners because they lead and own the process of addressing violence against children.
These countries are ready to break the silence surrounding the issue using data from the Violence Against Children Surveys to understand the problem and provide much needed information to drive national and local action.
Actions are focused on prevention and response and involve multiple sectors, including education, health, social services, justice and police.
Community action is also critical to raising awareness of the issue with parents and other community leaders. Most importantly, countries are engaging children themselves by making them aware of their rights and supporting their pathway to become healthy adults.
Working with both the national governments and civil society, Together for Girls’ organizational partners, such as UNICEF and USAID, enable progress by strengthening capacity in-country and providing strategic guidance, training, technical assistance and funding when possible.
In addition, our organizational partners integrate the issue and the data on violence against children into their existing country programs.
These actions, along with appropriate budget and accountability measures, will lead to a sustainable protection system for children.
A number of criteria are in place for countries interesting in working through the Together for Girls partnership, including a strong commitment from the government and in-country partners to fund and implement both the survey and response with high ethical standards.
We are currently in various stages of the implementation process in 10 countries, with four new countries set to join the partnership in 2014.
View each of our country partner pages to learn more about what each is doing to fight childhood violence.