Data 2 Action

Together for Girls Launches New Global #Data2Action Infographic Highlighting How Data on Violence Against Children is Mobilizing a National Response

Washington, D.C., October 7, 2014 – In celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 11 and the 2014 theme of empowering adolescent girls to end the cycle of violence, Together for Girls launched a new infographic demonstrating how survey data can lead to impactful change – specifically the link between the Violence Against Children Survey data and specific actions national governments are taking to stop violence against girls.

The infographic-titled #Data2Action-features important results from the comprehensive responses national governments have taken to end violence. For example, it highlights that 2,800 children received psychosocial, recreational and educational services at three of Kenya’s new child protection centres in a year; 23,000 calls were received through Tanzania’s National Child Helpline in its first year of operation; and 1,500 girls in Swaziland attend twice weekly girl empowerment programs to build their self-esteem and skills. Currently, 15 countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean are actively engaged in this critical work.

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The release of the infographic also coincides with the third annual International Day of the Girl, a United Nations-declared mission “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” Together for Girls Founder Gary Cohen will speak about the partnership’s work to end violence against girls at the main International Day of the Girl event on October 10 from 11:00-12:30 a.m. at UNICEF headquarters in New York City.

“The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl is not only crucial, relevant and necessary to bring attention to this global issue,” says Together for Girls Director Michele Moloney-Kitts, “it also provides an ideal platform for organizations working in global advocacy-like Together for Girls-to share their work and progress in ending violence against girls. The infographic will help us to disseminate important facts about the issue to the public at large.”

Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls. In partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector, Together for Girls calls attention to the issue and mobilizes support for country-driven efforts for change. The partnership supports three pillars of action: 1) National surveys to document the magnitude, nature and impact of physical, emotional and sexual violence against children; 2) evidence-based, coordinated policy and program actions in countries to address issues identified through the surveys; and 3) global advocacy and public awareness efforts.

The #Data2Action infographic is now available on the Together for Girls web site: www.togetherforgirls.org, under Data and Resources and can be accessed directly here. Follow Together for Girls on Twitter and Facebook as #Data2Action examples will be shared all week long. Use #Data2Action and #DayoftheGirl to join the conversation.

About Together for Girls

Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a focus on sexual violence against girls. Together for Girls generates comprehensive data on the magnitude and consequences of this public health and human rights issue on a scale that never existed before, mobilizing countries to lead a response and inform solutions that are evidence-based. 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention (CDC/DVP); the U.S. 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.

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CONTACT:
Sandie Taylor, phone 202-870-0430 | sandie@togetherforgirls.org

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