Melissa Kirby, Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka, Kathy Calvin
Melissa Kirby, Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka, Kathy Calvin and Girl Up Teen Advisers
Melissa Kirby, Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka, Kathy Calvin and Girl Up Teen Advisers
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Together for Girls hosts high-level event for International Day of the Girl

12th November 2017

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.”

“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights”

United Nations Resolution 66/170

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!”

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Daniela Ligiero, Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka, and Kathy Calvin
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Daniela Ligiero, Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka and Kathy Calvin
A photo from the panel 'Making the case'
Panel 1, “Making the Case”
A photo from the panel 'Moving from Data to Action and Advocacy'
Panel 2, “Moving from Data to Action and Advocacy”
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Soré Agbaje
Spoken word artist and activist Soré Agbaje
Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Congressman Ed Royce
Congressman Ed Royce
Congressman Steve Chabot
Congressman Steve Chabot
USAID Sr Adviser Michelle Bekkering
USAID Sr Adviser Michelle Bekkering

Program

Welcome

Kirsten Hillman

Kirsten Hillman

Canada's Deputy Ambassador to the United States

Opening remarks

Michelle Bekkering

Michelle Bekkering

Acting Assistant Administrator & Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID

Debbie Dingell

Rep. Debbie Dingell

U.S. Congresswoman from Michigan

Barbara Lee

Rep. Barbara Lee

U.S. Congresswoman from California

Nita Lowey

Rep. Nita Lowey

U.S. Congresswoman from New York

Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Executive Director, UN Women

Daniela Ligiero v2

Dr. Daniela Ligiero

CEO & Executive Director, Together for Girls

Panel 1: Making the case

Theresa Kilbane

Theresa Kilbane

Senior Advisor: Child Protection, UNICEF (moderator)

Maureen Greenwood Basken

Maureen Greenwood-Basken

Senior Program Officer, Wellspring Advisors

Alessandra Guedes

Alessandra Guedes

Pan-American Health Organization

Dr. Jim Mercy

Dr. Jim Mercy

Director, Division of Violence Prevention, CDC

Ramya Subrahmanian

Dr. Ramya Subrahmanian

Executive Director, Know Violence in Childhood

Keynote address

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Gender Equality Advocate

Panel 2: Moving from Data to Action & Advocacy

Kathy Calvin

Kathy Calvin

President & CEO, UN Foundation (moderator)

Isatou Bittaye

Isatou Bittaye

Youth advocate & Women Deliver Young Leader

Lisa Carty

Lisa Carty

Director, U.S. Liaison Office, UNAIDS

Brisa De Angulo

Brisa De Angulo

Founder & CEO, A Breeze of Hope

Alexandra Riginos

Alexandra Riginos

Girl Up Teen Advisor

Closing remarks

Soré Agbaje

Soré Agbaje

Spoken word artist and activist

Steve Chabot

Rep. Steve Chabot

U.S. Congressman from Ohio

Katherine Clark

Rep. Katherine Clark

U.S. Congresswoman from Massachusetts

Ed Royce

Rep. Ed Royce

U.S. Congressman from California

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