As 2020 comes to a close, we are reflecting on this difficult, unprecedented year. It may not have looked like what we planned, but as think about the past year there are undeniable moments of collaboration and partnership that provide hope as we prepare for the year ahead.
From launching a record five Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) reports to calling on the U.S. government to #KeepKidsSafe during COVID-19 and beyond, the successes of the past year serve as a reminder that, although it is not easy, progress towards a world free from violence against children is possible.
Scroll through the below photos for a glimpse of our partnerships’ 2020 highlights.
In 2020, Together for Girls country partners launched a record five VACS reports. Colombia, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Moldova, and Lesotho now have data on violence against children and youth in the respective countries that will be key in violence prevention efforts. Kenya launched a VACS for the second time, allowing us to measure progress made since the 2010 VACS and identify trends in violence against children.
With partners, TfG launched #KeepKidsSafe to call on Congress and the U.S. presidential candidates to take urgent action to protect children during COVID-19 and beyond. #KeepKidsSafe advocacy efforts led to Representative Grace Meng (D-NY-6) and Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) voicing the need for funding to address child sexual abuse during COVID-19.
TfG and partners convened hundreds of adult survivors of childhood sexual violence to participate in a virtual Town Hall. As a result of the conversation, we helped bring the perspectives of survivors of childhood violence into the ongoing national conversation about #metoo and adult sexual violence.
TfG launched a research hub to share data from a secondary analysis of the VACS conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and AidData with support from the Government of Canada and USAID’s Higher Education Support Network (HESN). The data highlights the prevalence of SRGBV in five countries: Honduras, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia. This analysis will allow us to better understand the complexities and nuances of violence in schools and therefore better prevent and address violence.
To celebrate International Day of the Girl, TfG partnered with the Government of Canada on an event to present findings from our secondary analyses of the VACS on school-related gender-based violence and violence as a barrier to girls’ education. TfG also participated in UNGEI@20 Forum to highlight the importance of addressing school-related gender-based violence.
Data from the 2019 Kenya VACS shows significant reductions in all forms of childhood violence since the 2010 VACS, showing that progress is possible. To showcase the power of the VACS process and the impact of partnership and individual action, TfG launched a storytelling hub featuring data and first-person stories of individuals creating a safer world for children in Kenya.
To close out the year and set the stage for 2021, Dr. Daniela Ligiero joined global leaders including Henrietta Fore, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Amina Mohammed, and more in launching Together to #ENDviolence: a global campaign and Solutions Summit Series to elevate efforts to address violence against children. Together to #ENDviolence aims to catalyze the political and financial commitments needed to end violence against children at home, at school, online, and within communities by 2030.