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The World Bank Recognizes Together for Girls

Left to right: Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President at Becton Dickinson and Co and founder of Together for Girls, Jim Kim, President of the World Bank, and Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director and CEO of Together for Girls.

On April 18, Together for Girls was one of 10 organizations from around the world to receive an award from the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative's "Innovations to Prevent Gender-Based Violence: Building Evidence for Effective Solutions."

Together for Girls will work in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national government research institutes in two countries to build research capacity and data use for gender-based violence prevention and response in adolescents and young adults. The award will help build in-country capacity for analyzing data from the Violence Against Children Surveys, led by CDC as part of the Together for Girls Partnership, contributing to a better understanding of how violence and gender interact across the lifespan.

Together for Girls and Positive Action Challenges Launch Every Hour Matters Challenge  

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, Together for Girls, in collaboration with Positive Action Challenges and ViiV Healthcare, launched the Every Hour Matters Challenge. The challenge builds off of the Every Hour Matters Campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about post-rape care services and timelines. The challenge is seeking innovative or proven solutions to remove barriers to critical post-rape care services in resource limited settings, with particular applicability in DREAMS countries. The concept deadline is May 31st and full applications are due July 7th. The prize winners will be announced in September. Learn more and submit your idea today! 
Girls Take Center Stage at CSW

Left to right: Sana Mustafa, Hannah Gould, Hamna Tariq, Meghana Kulkarni, Olaoluwa Abagun, Daniela Ligiero.

During the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Together for Girls co-hosted an interactive panel with UNICEF USA and the International Council of Jewish Women. The event, "It Starts with Safety: Adding Girls to Global Agenda," focused on how prioritizing girls' safety is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and how girls around the world are working to break the cycle of violence in their own communities. Renowned youth advocates from Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, and the United States shared their diverse experiences and perspectives on the panel. 

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls and Together for Girls Announce Art Contest Winners

Together for Girls and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls hosted the second annual World in Your Hands Art Contest. We asked girls and boys ages 12-24 about the power of influence in their lives and in the lives of others. 

Applicants from ten different countries across the globe submitted creative and inspiring pieces in a variety of mediums ranging from poetry to painting. The contest winners were featured at Together For Girls' event at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and in Safe magazine. See the winning pieces here.

Together for Girls Joins the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Together for Girls is honored to collaborate with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (End Violence). The work of Together for Girls will support End Violence's vision of bringing an end to all forms of violence against children through building political will, accelerating action, and strengthening collaboration. As part of the collaboration, Daniela Ligiero joined the End Violence Executive Committee, and End Violence will participate in Together for Girls working groups and initiatives.

New Resources
Know Violence launched a special issue of the Journal of Psychology, Health and Medicine in March 2017. The journal features 15 papers addressing a range of topics on emotional, physical, sexual and community violence, including an analysis of factors explaining childhood violence from the Violence Against Children Survey data. Together for Girls is working with Know Violence on an event featuring these papers for International Day of the Girl on October 11, details forthcoming.

Country Updates
Cambodia: Cambodia's Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation released a recently completed mapping of residential care facilities in Cambodia, with technical support from UNICEF and financial support from USAID. The report provides new data on the institutionalization of children in Cambodia's capital and 24 provinces, confirming that far more residential care institutions are operational in Cambodia than was previously recorded. Read the full report here.
Tanzania: In February, Tanzania's Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children released the National Survey on the Drivers and Consequences of Child Marriage in Tanzania. Aiming to analyze the causes and drivers of child marriage across Tanzania, the study collected data from 10 regions of the country through a quantitative survey, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews. The study identified poverty, sociocultural norms related to marriage, agency and choice, adolescent fertility, gender inequality and control of female sexuality, and weak legal and policy frameworks as drivers of child marriage.  Read the full report here.
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