All: The power of Data to Action: Country experiences and lessons following Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys

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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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Why investing in preventing childhood sexual violence is the right thing, and the smart thing

Investing in ending childhood sexual violence is the right thing to do, and we must protect kids and support those who have experienced this horrible trauma. Globally, policy and decision makers can save billions investing in preventing child sexual abuse. The returns on investment would cut across physical and mental health, labor, judicial, and other sectors.

  • 11th 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
Daniela Ligiero
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The power of saying “I am a survivor”

Daniela Ligiero, survivor of childhood sexual violence, explains how she uses her story to change perceptions about childhood violence and create a safer world for future generations.

  • 23rd March 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
Uganda landscape
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Expanding the possibilities for research in refugee settings in the East and Horn of Africa

This essay is guest authored by Chi-Chi Undie, Senior Associate, Population Council and Together for Girls board member. Part of Population Council’s Rooted Reflections series, Chi-Chi shares her experience of implementing the first-ever Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (HVACS), gathering vital data about violence against refugee children.

  • 10th August 2022
Cote d Ivoire Afrobaromoter
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Gender norms, education, and violence against girls and women: Lessons from Côte d’Ivoire

For decades, advocates and researchers have stressed the need to collect more data on both violence against children and violence against women and have pushed to make sure data is disaggregated by sex, age and geography.

  • 27th September 2021
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Child smiling in a red shirt Uganda
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Pioneering the prevention of violence against children in Uganda

In 2015, Uganda’s commitment to implementing the Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) was motivated by limited pre-existing nationwide data on the prevalence and magnitude of violence against children.

  • 26th July 2021
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Data-driven advocacy for safe and gender equitable schools

“Social Responsibility within Changing Contexts” was the 2021 conference theme for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). CIES is dedicated to increasing understanding of educational issues, trends, and policies through comparative, intercultural, and international perspectives.

  • 21st May 2021
Girls reading at school
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The gendered reality of corporal punishment in schools

Social norms drive gender inequalities and violence, and even though access to education is a human right, learners across the globe are impacted by school-related gender-based violence.

  • 30th April 2021
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