Safe – Second Issue Shines Light on the Intersection of Violence Against Children and Global Health
Data reveal HIV/STIs, pregnancy complications and alcohol abuse two to three times more likely in sexually abused adolescent girls*
Magazine’s annual list of 50 Global Heroes includes Malala Yousafzai, UNDP’s Helen Clark, Goodwill Ambassadors Liam Neeson and Angelina Jolie
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 19, 2014 – Today, Together for Girls – a public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children with a focus on sexual violence against girls – launched the second edition of Safe magazine. The magazine was established to showcase the people, organizations and countries that work every day to combat the violence that impacts children around the globe. This year’s theme focuses on the relationship between violence and the long-term impact it can have on children’s health well into adulthood. Statistics Show High Correlation between Violence Children Experience and Impact on Health.
In this issue of Safe magazine, Together for Girls reveals startling statistics linking global diseases such as HIV/AIDS to violence against children. In one of the studies conducted by Together for Girls partners in Africa, for example, girls who experienced sexual violence were almost four times more likely to become HIV positive over the course of their lifetimes, and faced other heath risks including pregnancy complications, depression and alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse.
“What the stories and data in Safe show is that yes, we have real problems, but we also have real answers,” Together for Girls Director Michele Moloney-Kitts notes, “We chose to focus on the intersection of health and violence because there’s a variety of solutions we should be looking at more closely, including the critical role of healthcare providers in the community. Health workers can and do speak out against violence, reduce stigma and promote disclosure through screening and support for survivors, including providing medicines that can prevent HIV. As we approach tomorrow’s Universal Children’s Day and the start of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we want to look at what is working to prevent and respond to violence.”
Safe’s 2014 List of Global Heroes Showcases Those Stopping Violence to Create Opportunity for Children to Live Healthy Lives The magazine highlights a list of the “50 Global Heroes Stopping Violence Around the World,” which includes people, practices and organizations all over the world fighting to establish and grow the opportunities our children have for leading healthy and fulfilling lives. Notable people on the list include people such as Malala Yousafzai, UNDP’s Helen Clark, Goodwill Ambassadors Liam Neeson and Angelina Jolie, as well as inspiring initiatives such as Girl Be Heard (U.S.), Grandmother Project (Senegal), First Step Cambodia, and the Real Man Campaign (U.K.). “It’s an honor to be recognized by Together for Girls along with the many others who are working hard to stop violence against children,” said Liam Neeson, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. “We all must keep working together to address this problem that so deeply affects every community in the world.”
The cover of Safe features the remarkable paediatrician and activist, Dr. Alaa Murabit, for her work taking on gender inequality and violence in Libya. Dr. Murabit is the founder of the Voice of Libyan Women, a youth-led organization that works to support women’s rights, recognizing the critical role women play in creating healthier and stronger communities free of domestic violence, including violence against children.
Dr. Murabit will join the “Hero Up” Twitter Chat with Together for Girls on November 25 at 10 a.m. ET for a conversation on the many ways each individual can play a role in stopping violence in his or her community.
Read Safe at: www.issuu.com/safemag
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.
For further information, please contact:
Tamara Boorstein, Together for Girls, Tel: 347-628-8983, firstname.lastname@example.org