Begoña Fernandez is the Director of Data and Evidence at Together for Girls (TfG) and has been a member of the TfG team since 2017. She has thirteen years of experience in global public health, with a focus on violence prevention, particularly violence against children, sexual and reproductive health and health policy.
At Together for Girls, Begoña leads the secretariat’s data, research and evidence efforts and supports the partnership’s data-to-action process in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Together for Girls, she helped run a randomized-controlled trial of a public health intervention delivered by community health advocates in Boston public housing and gained research and programmatic experience at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in International Economics from American University.
Begoña is fluent in Spanish and English and conversational in French and Italian. She lives in Washington, D.C. and enjoys exploring the city with her toddler.
Title of a book that changed your life: In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
A quote that inspires you: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” —Desmond Tutu
A simple pleasure: Picnics
Movie you could watch on repeat: When Harry Met Sally
A podcast you can’t stop thinking about: NPR’s Code switch
The theme song of your life: You gotta be - Des'ree
Something that gives you hope: “Woman, Life, Freedom”
Favorite part of your job: My colleagues at TfG and the broader community working to end sexual violence against children
One word to describe Together for Girls: Collaborative
Explore this study on peer-reviewed research which used Violence Against Children and Youth (VACS) data or mentioned the VACS.
Explore the results from a secondary analysis of VACS data by Together for Girls, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Global Affairs Canada.
The pandemic affords a unique opportunity to create better and safer schools in our communities.
Findings and recommendations from secondary analyses of the VACS on violence in schools
Explore the key findings and recommendations in this policy brief based upon a global systematic review and meta-analysis of factors associated with physical, emotional, and sexual violence against children in ow- and middle-income countries.
Linking Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys to Coordinated and Effective Action: CDC and the Together for Girls Partnership is intended to serve as a guide for countries and Together for Girls partners interested in undertaking VACS and supporting data-informed actions to address the burden and consequences of violence against children and youth.