All: Top 10 things you should know about the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS)

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How do we keep children safe? It starts with data

To prevent violence we must first understand it. Using our data with evidence-based frameworks allow governments to inform public health action to keep kids safe.

  • 22nd September 2023
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Puska and her son at the Kigamboni Community Centre. Photo: Together for Girls/Alexandra Tucci Thomas/Tanzania.
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Revealed: lessons from 20 countries after the world's largest survey on violence against children

Violence is preventable. Banning child marriage has been achieved because of contributions from the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS). But greater investment is urgently needed to ensure that more data collection and other hard-fought wins continue.

  • 21st August 2023
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Proven: The power of data-driven advocacy to protect children

With data from 23 countries we've successfully created evidence-based solutions to reduce violence against young girls, including ending child marriage and other harmful norms. See the VACS in action.

  • 18th July 2023
Health ministers in East, Central, and Southern Africa pass resolution to end violence against children
Manuela Balliet Ahogo (Together for Girls), Ntoli Moletsane (Sentebale), Puleng Ramphalla (CDC Lesotho), Umasree Polepeddi (Unicef Lesotho), Luis Gadama (University of Malawi), Sunday Dominico (Thamini Uhai), Rosemary (ECSA-HC), Andrew Silumesii (ECSA-HC) gather outside the East, Central, and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) Health Ministers Conference in Maseru, Lesotho
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Health ministers in East, Central, and Southern Africa pass resolution to end violence against children

A recent ECSA-HC resolution prioritizing evidence-based action to stop childhood violence is a milestone for the sector with far-reaching implications for the region.

  • 4th April 2023
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Conducting a Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) among humanitarian-affected populations in Uganda

This essay is guest authored by Peter Kisaakye, Francis Obare, George Odwe, Yohannes Wado, and Chi-Chi Undie. Part of Population Council’s Rooted Reflections series, the team share their experiences implementing the first-ever Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (HVACS), gathering vital data about violence against refugee children.

  • 14th August 2022
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African governments commit to ending violence against children

On May 11-13, 2022, senior government officials and civil society leaders from over 30 African countries gathered at the Pan-African symposium on violence prevention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • 26th May 2022
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Sexual violence against children: Lessons from Côte d’Ivoire

The Violence Against Children and Youth Survey report, reveals new data about the state of violence against children throughout Côte d’Ivoire, but also, pointing to critical facts that were previously unknown.

  • 9th September 2020
Daniela Ligiero
Daniela Ligiero is the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer, Together for Girls
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“I am a survivor.”

Sexual violence against children affects children everywhere at a staggering rate — one in four girls experience physically forced or coerced sexual intercourse.

  • 4th September 2020
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A look back at the first Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) in Eswatini

Launched in 2007, the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys 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.

  • 7th October 2019
Together for Girls partners and SAFE Heroes New York Stock Exchange
Together for Girls partners and SAFE Heroes at the New York Stock Exchange
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Ringing in a new decade with the New York Stock Exchange opening bell

Together for Girls rang the the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on September 16, to celebrate a decade of partnership.

  • 16th September 2019
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Lessons learned from the Together for Girls Partnership in Tanzania

Together for Girls released a new case study highlighting groundbreaking country-led action to end violence against children and youth from a decade of the partnership’s collective work in Tanzania.

  • 18th July 2019
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Interview with Gary Cohen, Founder of Together for Girls

In celebration of Together for Girls' 10-year anniversary, we sat down with Gary to learn more about how Together for Girls came to be — where it all began, the challenges, the successes, and what’s next.

  • 3rd June 2019
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