Canada's Deputy Ambassador to the United States
The United Nations declared October 11 International Day of the Girl, a day to celebrate progress and galvanize change for girls around the world. To commemorate the occasion, Together for Girls co-hosted a high-level event at the Embassy of Canada, “Data to Action: Breaking the Cycle of Violence Against Girls.”
The session included a host of inspiring speakers and two informative panel discussions. We were honored to have Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau as our keynote speaker, as well as UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, USAID Senior Adviser Michelle Bekkering, and six bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress. The event was also supported by the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, Know Violence in Childhood, Women Deliver, UNAIDS, UNICEF, PAHO/WHO, The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and the United Methodist Church.
The first of the panel discussions, “Making the Case,” featured the latest data and research on prevention and response of violence against girls. The second panel, “Moving from Data to Action and Advocacy,” featured both seasoned experts and youth advocates discussing how we can utilize data to inform programmatic response, advocate for change around the world, and incorporate the perspectives of young people in this important work. Together, the panels highlighted the importance of collaboration across disciplines to develop the most effective, holistic strategies for ending violence against girls.
It was inspiring to see a packed room with strong support from Canadian and U.S. leadership, UN representatives, data and policy organizations, and youth advocates. Throughout the day, a clear theme emerged: We all have a role to play to break the cycle of violence, and when we all come together, we can create a safer, more equitable world for every girl.
As Rep. Katherine Clark said, “Let’s make every day International Day of the Girl!”
Canada's Deputy Ambassador to the United States
Acting Assistant Administrator & Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID
U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan
U.S. Congresswoman from California
U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Executive Director, UN Women
CEO & Executive Director, Together for Girls
Senior Advisor: Child Protection, UNICEF (moderator)
Senior Program Officer, Wellspring Advisors
Pan-American Health Organization
Director, Division of Violence Prevention, CDC
Executive Director, Know Violence in Childhood
Gender Equality Advocate
President & CEO, UN Foundation (moderator)
Youth advocate & Women Deliver Young Leader
Director, U.S. Liaison Office, UNAIDS
Founder & CEO, A Breeze of Hope
Girl Up Teen Advisor
Spoken word artist and activist
U.S. Congressman from Ohio
U.S. Congresswoman from Massachusetts
U.S. Congressman from California
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.
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.
Together for Girls, in partnership with The Equality Institute and the Oak Foundation, undertook a systematic review of proven solutions and best practices to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children and young people.
The Results framework helps articulate the intended results of the partnership and measure progress.
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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