Press releases and statements

Regional meeting on prevention and response to violence against girls, boys and adolescents

12th December 2016

The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Together for Girls Partnership (which includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNFPA, WHO/PAHO, and the Government of Canada), and the UN Agency for Migration, have planned a Latin America Regional Meeting for Prevention and Response to Violence Against Girls, Boys and Adolescents. The aim is to bring together key actors from across Latin American countries and the regional and global levels, to discuss the current state of the data collected on violence in childhood and programs and policies implemented to address such violence, in order to strengthen capacities for prevention and response to violence in childhood at the national and regional levels.

The Regional Meeting will take place on February 7-8, 2017, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Some Latin American countries participating in the meeting have planned to implement Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS) with the technical support of CDC, to better understand and address violence against girls and boys. There are also countries, such as Mexico, which are committed at the highest political level to addressing violence against children, and are in the process of developing new national strategies. For all countries, this will be an opportunity to share experiences and explore new strategies at country and regional level, in order to address and prevent violence in childhood and adolescence, and for shared learning, discussion and strategic planning among global, regional and national partners.