2019 is a big year for Together for Girls (TfG). From celebrating ten years of the TfG partnership, to expanding our violence prevention work to more than 20 countries across the globe, we have a lot to be thankful for. In honor of our collective progress over the past decade, we’re reflecting on a truly pivotal moment in our partnership’s history: the launch of the first Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).
Launched in 2007, the VACS in Eswatini was the first of its kind and a prototype for surveys to come, focused on sexual, physical and emotional violence against girls and young women. Led by the Government of Eswatini and developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF as part of the TfG partnership, the VACS are nationally representative household surveys of 13-24 year old males and females designed to measure the prevalence, past 12-month incidence and circumstances surrounding sexual, physical and emotional violence in childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Using the TfG model, countries use the data from the VACS to inform and prioritize actions that will prevent and respond to violence.