As 2020 comes to a close, we are reflecting on this difficult, unprecedented year. It may not have looked like what we planned, but as we think about the past year there are undeniable moments of collaboration and partnership that provide hope as we prepare for the year ahead.
From launching a record five Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) reports to calling on the U.S. government to #KeepKidsSafe during COVID-19 and beyond, the successes of the past year serve as a reminder that, although it is not easy, progress towards a world free from violence against children is possible.
Below is a glimpse of our partnerships’ 2020 highlights.
In 2020, Together for Girls' country partners launched a record five Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) reports.
Kenya's second Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report allows us to measure progress made since the 2010 Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS), and identify trends in violence against children.
Explore the data in Colombia's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
Explore the data in Kenya's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
Explore the data in Côte d'Ivoire's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
Explore the data in Moldova's Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) report.
With partners, Together for Girls launched #KeepKidsSafe to call on Congress and the U.S. presidential candidates to take urgent action to protect children during COVID-19 and beyond.
#KeepKidsSafe advocacy efforts led to Representative Grace Meng (D-NY-6) and Representative Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) voicing the need for funding to address child sexual abuse during COVID-19.
Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, Child USA, and the National Children’s Alliance join forces with a diverse coalition of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, advocates, and leading organizations to launch #KeepKidsSafe.
Together for Girls and partners convened hundreds of adult survivors of childhood sexual violence to participate in a virtual Town Hall.
As a result of the conversation, we helped bring the perspectives of survivors of childhood violence into the ongoing national conversation about #metoo and adult sexual violence.
This town hall brings together survivors of sexual violence against children — remarkable activists that are helping change the way we think about an issue that, directly or indirectly, affects all of us.
Together for Girls launched a research hub to share data from a secondary analysis of the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and AidData with support from the Government of Canada and USAID’s Higher Education Support Network (HESN).
The data highlights the prevalence of school-related gender-based violence in five countries: Honduras, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia. This analysis will allow us to better understand the complexities and nuances of violence in schools and therefore better prevent and address violence.
Data on school-related gender-based violence in Honduras.
Data on school-related gender-based violence in Malawi.
Data on school-related gender-based violence in Nigeria.
Data on school-related gender-based violence in Uganda.
To celebrate International Day of the Girl, Together for Girls partnered with the Government of Canada on an event to present findings from our secondary analyses of the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) on school-related gender-based violence and violence as a barrier to girls’ education.
Data from the 2019 Kenya Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) shows significant reductions in all forms of childhood violence since the 2010 VACS, showing that progress is possible.
To showcase the power of the VACS process and the impact of partnership and individual action, explore our Girls with DREAMS stories featuring data and first-person stories of individuals creating a safer world for children in Kenya.
"I now live in my own house and my sisters are back at school. Thank you for giving me hope."
“I am now a rice farmer who is independent and can fight for my rights and those of others.”
“I am grateful to be able to afford to buy my medication and earn a living at the same time."
"DREAMS gave me a new lease of life – I have my confidence back, I’m independent, and can pay my siblings fees and house rent. I can now live AIDS-free.”
"When my dream of becoming a teacher came true, everyone in my community, including my husband, was very proud."
"I now make hair locks, get paid and save, and hope to have a salon of my own. Getting involved with DREAMS gave me hope and skills to become independent.”
“I now practice photography as a career and I get jobs and get paid for it."
"DREAMS has transformed me into a salaried, well-respected, and confident young woman.”
“I was able to sit for my national exams and proceed with my nursing course because of DREAMS support.”
To close out the year, and set the stage for 2021, Dr. Daniela Ligiero joined global leaders including Henrietta Fore, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Amina Mohammed, and more in launching Together to #ENDviolence: a global campaign and Solutions Summit Series to elevate efforts to address violence against children.
Together to #ENDviolence aims to catalyze the political and financial commitments needed to end violence against children at home, at school, online, and within communities by 2030.