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Together for Girls Technical Resources

Together for Girls promotes an environment of global learning, in which countries can learn from each other. Organizations and partners working on issues related to gender-based violence, violence prevention, child protection, HIV and public health are able to collaborate with Together for Girls and gain information about the partnershipís lessons and results.

Together for Girls provides technical assistance and support as well as opportunities for cross-country exchanges to assist government leaders in understanding how to mobilize a survey and a comprehensive response.

Current resources include:

kenya-surveysPublic Use Violence Against Children Survey Dataset: The Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) datasets provide an opportunity for researchers to conduct investigations with the rich, detailed information available in the VACS, and helps increase our understanding of and ability to prevent and respond to the epidemic of violence against children. 

frameworkTechnical Action Framework : An introductory framework to Together for Girls’ model for violence prevention and response, intended to inform the work of in-country partners, including governments and civil society.

surveysLinking Violence Against Children Surveys to Coordinated and Effective Action: A step-by-step how-to guide for countries interested in or planning to implement the VACS.
surveysConsiderations for Developing Comprehensive National Actions to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children: This guidance consolidates lessons learned from countries undertaking the national action planning process. It presents issues to consider and key steps and content areas to include as countries undertake the critical process of converting the data from the Violence Against Children Survey into a coordinated, national, multi-sector response to violence against children.
surveysResults Framework: This framework is intended to help Together for Girls measure the impact of the partnership on research, action and awareness related to violence against children on a national and global level across its three areas of work.
care-toolPost-Rape Care Tool: The Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: Technical Considerations for PEPFAR Programs is a guide developed with leadership from PEPFAR and support from other Together for Girls partners. It is based on evidence indicating that while in many cases children will seek post-rape care, the services available to them are not designed specifically for children. Although the guide is targeted at PEPFAR programs, it can also be used by governments to integrate the content into national guidelines. The tool is available in French, Portuguese, Spanish and Kiswahili.
2016.2.1_aidsfree_comp_guide_gender_tagged-1Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social Services for Children and Adolescents who Have Experienced Sexual Violence (A Companion Guide): Sexual violence against children and adolescents is universally condemned but occurs much more frequently than people realize. It is a global human rights violation of vast proportions, with severe immediate and long-term health and social consequences. This document serves as a companion guide to the 2012 Clinical Management of Children and Adolescents Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: Technical Considerations for PEPFAR Programs which provides step-by-step guidance on the appropriate clinical/forensic care for children and adolescents who have experienced sexual violence and exploitation.
frameworkSummary Report: Together for Girls’ Expert Meeting: The Together for Girls (TfG) meeting on “Priorities for Research, Monitoring and Evaluation: Building the New Agenda for VAC” was held in Washington, D.C. on October 19-20, 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together key research partners working to combat violence against children (VAC) with experts from the fields of human rights, HIV/AIDS and violence against women (VAW) to discuss the state of the field, focused principally on survey research, how to ensure the VAC agenda continues to drive evidence-based action and to identify areas for joint action among these fields. Over two days, participants discussed data sources and methodologies for measuring VAC, gaps and emerging issues in the field, multi-sectoral collaboration and research linkages, and identified priorities for future work. The report summarizes the themes, main messages and actions coming out of this meeting. 
research2actionFrom Research to Action: Advancing Prevention and Response to Violence against Children: Report on the Global Violence against Children Meeting: This report summarizes the rich content and recommendations that emerged from the 2014 Global Meeting on Violence against Children in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The structure of this report roughly follows the meeting agenda and features a global overview of violence against children and efforts to address violence. Teams from six countries that have completed Violence against Children Surveys (VACS) shared their experience conducting the surveys and planning and/or implementing a multi-sector response.

Violence Against Children Survey Journal Articles:

Below are academic journal articles that feature data and work from the Together for Girls partnership.

Global Prevalence of Past-year Violence Against Children: A Systematic Review and Minimum Estimates

Prevalence of Sexual Violence Against Children and Use of Social Services — Seven Countries, 2007–2013
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

Preventing Sexual Violence and HIV in Children
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS)


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