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News from the CEO
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Dr. Daniela Ligiero

Dear Friends,
 
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 

Recognizing the Critical Role of Fathers 


On Father's Day, Together for Girls spoke to Gary Barker, President and CEO of Promundo, about the vital role that fathers can play in changing the conversation around gender norms and equality with their children. Barker is a longtime champion of engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention. Barker also recently co-authored the second edition of the State of the World’s Fathers report, released in June, which provides a robust look at men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving around the world. Read the full interview here.

Mourning the Passing of UNFPA's Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Together for Girls was deeply saddened to learn about the death of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin on June 4, 2017. As a leader in the Together for Girls partnership, he tirelessly advocated to end violence against girls and boys. Osotimehin was honored on our annual list of Global Heroes in Safe magazine in 2014 for ardently defending the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and women around the world. He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy. The Together for Girls team extends our deepest condolences to the family and staff of UNFPA. Please see UNFPA's statement, and NPR interview with Sarah Craven, Director of UNFPA's Washington office.

Gearing up for the SVRI Forum
 
Mark your calendars: The annual Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum is scheduled for September 18-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Together for Girls is a proud partner of SVRI and will have a robust presence at the forum. Together for Girls and our partners, including WHO, CDC and PAHO, will present papers at SVRI. Additionally, we are co-hosting a satellite session with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children to discuss the INSPIRE framework -- seven evidence-based strategies for approaching violence prevention -- and tactics to translate research into programmatic action. We will also host a panel on youth advocacy and share lessons learned from the pilot of the Every Hour Matters Youth Engagement Toolkit in Uganda. 
Women Deliver Announces Next Conference in Vancouver
The fifth Women Deliver Global Conference — the world’s largest gathering on women's health and rights — will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from June 3-6, 2019. Together for Girls is proud to partner with Women Deliver on the Deliver for Good campaign as well as our Every Hour Matters campaign. Leading up to the conference, we look forward to continuing to work with Women Deliver and all of our partners to re-double our efforts to better align and connect global work to end violence against children and violence against women. Read our full statement here.
Country Spotlight

Malawi: The Center for Strategic Studies (CSIS) released two new publications on the impact of HIV prevention programs in adolescent girls and young women in Malawi, entitled "Addressing HIV in Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Malawi" and "The Next Frontier: Stop New HIV Infections in Adolescent Girls and Young Women."

The reports cite the Violence Against Children Surveys, led by CDC as part of the Together for Girls partnership, and highlights the impact of PEPFAR, a TfG partner. To launch the reports, CSIS hosted a discussion between U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Deborah Birx and U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer. 

Honduras: Through a unanimous vote, a landmark law was passed in Honduras this month making it illegal for youth under the age of 18 to get married. The law raises the minimum marriage age from 16 to 18 and removes all exceptions, including exception with parental permissions. This law is a historic human rights achievement for young Hondurans. Read more here
New Resources

In May, UNICEF Cambodia released its Clinical Handbook on Health Care for Children Subjected to Violence or Sexual Abuse. Developed by the Ministry of Health with technical assistance from UNICEF, and funding support from the Government of Canada as part of the Together for Girls partnership, this handbook is intended as a guide for medical practitioners to ensure a quality response to child victims of violence and sexual abuse. Read more here.
 
Partners: Have a story or resource that you’d like to share? Please reach out to Katherine@togetherforgirls.org to include in our upcoming newsletter!
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