It has been quite a busy summer!
On July 11, advocates from around the world came together for the Family Planning Summit
in London, where one of the objectives was empowering young people to thrive. As I mentioned in a blog
for Women Deliver, Together for Girls believes that empowering young people to thrive includes empowering them to make important choices surrounding sexual activity: The choice to say yes or no to particular sexual encounters, and the ability to access quality sexual and reproductive health services.
Last week, world leaders gathered for the High-Level Political Forum
, dedicated to advancing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. While it is clear that more and better data is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in my recent blog
for the Council on Foreign Relations, I argue that we need to utilize information
, not just data, to meet our development goals, including breaking the cycle of violence.
In other news, last week I had the opportunity to meet with Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau here in Washington, D.C., following the Girl Up
Leadership Summit. We spoke about the importance of storytelling
as a way to support and inspire other girls and women and transform the culture of silence surrounding violence. I left inspired, excited, and more committed than ever to work with our partners to meet the needs and rights of both girls and boys around the world.
We look forward to an equally busy fall. Thank you, as always, for your support.
Dr. Daniela Ligiéro
Executive Director & CEO
Together for Girls