Together for Girls: Considerations for Developing Comprehensive National Actions to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children
Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a particular focus on sexual violence against girls. Based on a pioneering model piloted in Swaziland, the partnership was launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative. The partnership includes five UN agencies (UNICEF, UNAIDS, UN Women, WHO and UNFPA), the U.S. government (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention [CDC/DVP], the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief [PEPFAR], the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues), the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, and the private sector (Grupo ABC, BD [Becton, Dickinson and Company], CDC Foundation and the Nduna Foundation).
Together for Girls has three pillars of work:
1) Supporting national surveys on the magnitude, nature and impact of violence against children,
2) Supporting coordinated program actions in response to the problem of violence against children, and
3) Leading global advocacy and public awareness efforts to draw attention to the problem and promote evidence-based solutions.
In 2013, the partnership developed a process paper to provide guidance to countries beginning the VACS process, “The Together for Girls Partnership: Linking Violence Against Children Surveys to Coordinated and Effective Action.” This document is intended to build on that paper, consolidating lessons learned from countries undertaking the national action planning process and providing issues to consider and key content areas to include as countries undertake the critical process of converting the data from the VACS survey into a coordinated, national, multi-sector response to violence against children.
Drawing on the experience and lessons learned to date from different countries, this document is not intended as a rigid template or precise guidance. Rather, it offers a description of the principles and key elements a national, multi-sector approach should contain and the parameters for ensuring an inclusive and well-coordinated process. We believe it will be helpful as Together for Girls partner countries move from VACS to action, transitioning from research to the development and implementation of national prevention and response activities.