Who We Are

A problem of this magnitude cannot be solved by one actor or one sector alone.

Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a particular focus on sexual violence against girls. Founded in 2009, the Together for Girls partnership brings together national governments, UN agencies and private sector organizations to prevent and respond to violence, as a fundamental step to achieving individual rights and well-being, gender equality, and sustainable development.



Strength in Numbers: The Together for Girls partners are global leaders in their areas of work and each one contributes unique expertise and skills to strengthen our collective impact at national, regional, and global levels.


Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company); Board Chair, Together for Girls; Board Co-Chair, GBCHealth; Board Director, CDC Foundation; Board Director, UNICEF USA

Gary Cohen is the board chair and founder of Together for Girls. He is the Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co). Mr. Cohen is also a board director of the Perrigo Company, CDC Foundation and UNICEF USA, board co-chair of GBCHealth.  He previously served on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children and presently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada.


Mr. Cohen and BD engage in extensive cross-sector collaboration to address unmet health needs globally, working with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations, focused on specific health goals such strengthening clinical and laboratory practices, safely immunizing children, addressing infectious and non-communicable diseases, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, combating antimicrobial resistance and improving safety for health workers and patients.  He frequently serves as an expert speaker and advocate on advancing health and human rights, in various venues including the United Nations, Vatican, World Bank, World Health Assembly, U.S. Department of State and World Economic Forum-Davos.  He has been honored for his humanitarian work by MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks), B’nai B’rith International, UNICEF USA, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, the American Jewish Committee and the Nymbani Home for HIV positive children in Kenya.  Mr. Cohen holds B.A. and an M.B.A. degrees from Rutgers University and previously served on the university’s board of trustees.  In 2016 he was named a Rutgers 250 Fellow in association with the university’s 250th anniversary.

Secretariat Staff


Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Daniela Ligiero is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Together for Girls, a global, public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls. The partnership includes five UN agencies, the governments of the United States and Canada, several private sector organizations and more than 20 country governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, working together to generate comprehensive data and solutions to this public health and human rights epidemic.


Before she joined Together for Girls, she served as the Vice President of Girls and Women’s Strategy at the UN Foundation and developed the foundation’s gender integration strategy. In addition, she spent over five years at the U.S. Department of State where she led the integration of gender issues into all foreign policy and investments in global health—working with over 70 countries and over 1 billion dollars in investments on issues like preventing gender-based violence and improving the sexual and reproductive health of girls and women. She helped develop the first ever International U.S. Government Strategy to End Gender-Based Violence. Dr. Ligiero also served in leadership roles at UNICEF, as Chief of HIV and then as Senior Program Officer in the UNICEF Brazil Country Office. In addition, she has held positions at the World Bank and the US Senate, and has worked directly with survivors of sexual assault in a variety of settings. She is also a survivor of sexual violence herself, and has been speaking publicly about her story for the last decade. She earned her doctoral degree counseling psychology from University of Maryland, College Park, ranked the #1 program in the US. Dr. Ligiero is fluent in four languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.


Sandie Taylor, Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca Gordon, Senior Program Advisor

Katherine Brandon, Director of Communications

Begoña Fernandez, Technical Officer

Alexandra Tucci, Senior Communications Officer

Millie Knopp, Communications and Youth Advocacy Officer, Global Health Corps Fellow

Kelly Hagler, Online Community Manager

Leadership Council

Gretchen Bachman, USAID

Regina Benevides de Barros, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stephen Blight, UNICEF

Luisa Cabal, UNAIDS

Gary Cohen, BD

Sarah Craven, UNFPA

Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah, Government of Canada

Claudia Garcia Moreno, WHO

Alessandra Guedes, PAHO/WHO

Susan Hillis, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alethia Jimenez, UN WOMEN

Howard Kress, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Daniela Ligiero, Together for Girls

Lauren Marks, U.S. Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Greta Massetti, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

M. Catherine Maternowska, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Janet Saul, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Mathew Watson, USAID

Cornelius Williams, UNICEF 

Board of Directors

Gary Cohen, BD
Michele Moloney-Kitts, Former Executive Director of Together for Girls
Katya Andersen, Capital One
Francis Barchi, Rutgers University