Together for Girls rang the the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on September 16, to celebrate a decade of partnership.
The moment came almost exactly 10 years after Together for Girls was founded in September 2009 by Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President of Global Health at BD and President of the BD Foundation. It was an important moment to recognize all that the partnership has achieved, but also to raise awareness about how much work is left to be done.
Together for Girls was joined by partners and allies from throughout the history of the partnership, including Together for Girls CEO & Executive Director Dr. Daniela Ligiero; the First Lady of Colombia, María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval; the UN Ambassador of Canada, Marc-André Blanchard; Dr. Jim Mercy, Director of Violence Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control; Dr. Lauren Rumble, Senior Advisor at UNICEF; and Michele Moloney-Kitts, First Executive Director of Together for Girls. Together for Girls’ Safe Heroes also attended the ceremony, including Project Director of the Nigeria-based Hacey’s Health Initiative, Isaiah Owolabi; and activist and author, Chessy Prout.
Before the opening bell ceremony, partners gathered to discuss the past decade of work.
The Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, Marc-André Blanchard, noted the importance of collaboration when combating an issue like violence against children.
“The systemic challenges we face in this world command us to work together in partnership,” he said. “Breaking down the silos is tough – but not impossible.”
Her Excellency María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, the First Lady of Colombia, noted the importance of participating in the Together for Girls model and utilizing Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) data to allow for evidence-based policy.
“Working with Together for Girls is the first time we have been able to bring together a multisectoral approach to this issue,” she said. “Violence against children is not a matter of individuals; this is a community problem. We are grateful to be a part of this program and have the data and the tools to address the problem.”
Dr. Jim Mercy, Director of Violence Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, who has worked with the partnership since the very beginning, reiterated the importance of Together for Girls ongoing mission.
“The Together for Girls partnership calls us to a higher level of consciousness. It helps us to understand the magnitude of the problem and the importance of amplifying solutions. My favorite quote is from Jack Shonkoff, when he says ‘one of the most powerful ways to change the world is to make it a better place for kids.’ I would add on to that and say that one of the ways to make it a better place for kids is to make it a world with less violence. That is what Together for Girls is trying to achieve.”
A quick introduction to the Together for Girls partnership and the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS). Understand our unique contributions to ending violence against children, with our particular focus on preventing sexual violence against girls.
This resource provides evidence that VACS data and associated processes contribute to meaningful policy change and action to end violence against children and adolescents and gender-based violence.
The Together for Girls 101 fact sheet provides an overview of our global partnership.
This report highlights three pivotal years of global collaboration as a partnership, generating quality data, raising awareness of solutions, and galvanizing change.
Explore the data in Colombia's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
An overview of the data found in Colombia's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
Data on school-related gender-based violence in Nigeria.
Building on growing evidence that violence against children is preventable, these evidence-based strategies support countries and communities to intensify their focus on prevention programmes and services in order to reduce violence against children.
Read about key results in our three pillars of work: data, action, and advocacy. The report showcases partnership progress to create a safer world for every child, adolescent, and young person.
Read about the Together for Girls partnership’s achievements, results, and priorities from 2016 to 2018.
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Ashleigh Howard — a global health epidemiologist with expertise in violence and HIV — shares her top 10 things you should know about the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys.
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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.
On September 21, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) launched an historic global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative.
Together for Girls, a partnership dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence against children, welcomed Lena Alhusseini as Deputy CEO today.
Global landscape analysis provides evidence that the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) drive policy and program reform.
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).