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Illustration: Mariam ElReweny
Illustration: Mariam ElReweny

Our model

Through data and advocacy, Together for Girls drives action on violence prevention, healing, and justice.

The evidence is clear: there is strength in numbers. A multi-sector, coordinated response reduces violence against children and adolescents and helps keep them safe from harm.

Data

Data and evidence guide the way.

Generating quality, comprehensive data illuminates the pervasive problem of violence against children, informing effective solutions for prevention and response.

  • We seek to know where, how, and why violence against children and adolescents happens and find evidence-based solutions that work to prevent it.

  • Address urgent data gaps, such as studying violence against children in humanitarian settings.

  • Build the capacity of national governments and partners to collect and use relevant data.

Action

We can — and must — create lasting change for millions of children and adolescents.

Galvanizing a coordinated, multi-sectoral response to bring evidence-based solutions to scale and ensuring violence prevention, healing, and justice.

Prevention to protect current and future generations.

Healing, including gender-responsive, age-friendly services for victims, survivors, and their families.

Justice for survivors and accountability for perpetrators and the complicit.

Advocacy

When we stand together, we are powerful.

Raising awareness to drive lasting change through communications and campaigns to build political will, shape policy agendas, and elevate survivors’ voices.

  • Catalyze the Brave Movement to end childhood sexual violence, a survivor-centered movement campaigning for the right of all children and adolescents to live in safety and dignity.

  • Shape global and national policy agendas, building political will to drive lasting change.

  • Shatter the silence around sexual violence by amplifying survivor voices and ensuring they are incorporated into policy discussions.

  • Champion evidence-based solutions to end violence against children, helping ignite national, regional, and global interventions.

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Illustration: Mariam ElReweny
Zambia VACS launch 2018
On November 7, 2018, the Government of the Republic of Zambia hosted a high-level event in Lusaka to launch the first-ever national report on the Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS), also known as Zambia’s Health and Wellbeing Survey (H-Well). Photo: UNICEF 2018/John James

Generating data to understand violence

In order to solve a problem, we must first understand it. The Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS) are the single largest data source for violence against children, globally.

Led by national governments with technical assistance and support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, they are implemented as part of the Together for Girls partnership.

Over the last decade, the VACS fundamentally transformed countries’ abilities to understand and address violence against children, adolescents, and youth at scale.

Sharing evidence-based solutions for prevention, healing, and justice

Our message is hopeful: violence is preventable. Decades of research have shown that there are effective ways to prevent and respond to sexual violence against children and adolescents. Increasing awareness of these evidence-based solutions among leaders and decision-makers equips them to take action to end violence against children and adolescents through prevention and response.

Through research such as our “What works to prevent sexual violence against children” evidence review and forthcoming Solutions Hub, we help people find and use these interventions.

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Illustration: Mariam ElReweny
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Launch of the UNICEF campaign 'Reinventing a world without violence against children' in the presence of the First Lady of Côte d'Ivoire, the Vice Director of UNICEF West And Central Africa Regional Office and several personalities in Abidjan, south of Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: UNICEF/UN0379875/Diarassouba

Shaping global and national policy agendas

Together for Girls champions nationally-led responses based on high-quality evidence to create lasting results. We share the data and solutions that policymakers need to take concrete and locally relevant action to end violence against children and adolescents. We work with partners in national governments, the United Nations, and civil society to build the political will needed to implement programs and policies that work.

To date, our partnership has supported nine countries in developing official national action plans to end violence against children.

Our work has contributed to ten countries taking steps to ban corporal punishment, nine countries abolishing child marriage, and 21 countries integrating Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) results into national agendas, setting broader child-related policies and programs, such as abolishing child marriage.

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Brave Movement SAGE members and allies demonstrate outside of G7 interior minister's meetings to demand urgent, global action against childhood sexual violence, July 2022

Catalyzing survivor-led movements

Together for Girls unites survivors and allies, building collective power to end violence. We help build movements, both globally and nationally, to raise awareness of the issue, shape policy agendas, and elevate survivors' voices.

Through our breakthrough work with the Brave Movement, we are creating a global, networked, and inclusive advocacy movement of survivors and allies fighting to end childhood sexual violence.

Through the Keep Kids Safe movement in the United States, we are co-creating a movement aimed at ensuring a comprehensive national response to ending sexual violence against children and adolescents.