Together for Girls is a global partnership working to end violence against children and adolescents, particularly sexual violence against girls and other vulnerable populations.
Founded in 2009, our powerful partnership unites actors that often do not work together, including national governments, United Nations entities, U.S. government agencies, the private sector, civil society, and — critically — survivors.
Together for Girls partners are global leaders in development, violence prevention and response. Each partner contributes unique expertise and skills to strengthen our collective impact at national, regional, and global levels.
Using data from the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), the Together for Girls partnership works with national governments and civil society to prevent and respond to violence. The VACS are led by national governments, with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of the Together for Girls (TfG) partnership.
These efforts include strengthening capacity in-country, and providing strategic guidance, training, technical assistance, and funding when possible. These actions, along with appropriate budget and accountability measures, will lead to better prevention, improved health outcomes, and a sustainable protection system for all children and adolescents.
View our country partner pages for a more in-depth look into what each country is doing to prevent and respond to violence against children and adolescents.
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.
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.
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.
Together for Girls and partners hosted a Solutions Summit side event. Global leaders, experts, and youth activists shared the latest data on violence in school settings and highlighted school-based interventions for catalyzing broader social change to end violence.
Launched in 2007, the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys in Eswatini was the first of its kind and a prototype for surveys to come, focused on sexual, physical, and emotional violence against girls and young women.
Together for Girls rang the the New York Stock Exchange opening bell on September 16, to celebrate a decade of partnership.
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.
Together for Girls talks with Dr. Andrés Villaveces MD, MPH, Ph.D. to learn more about his experience in the field and what inspires him to do this critical work.
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.