Ending Violence Against Children: PEPFAR Announces $5 Million for Together for Girls Partnership
WASHINGTON, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Together for Girls is featured prominently at the XIX International AIDS Conference. At a Department of State event on the evening of Wednesday July 25, 2012, United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby announced $5 million from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the Together for Girls partnership to address violence against children, with a particular focus on sexual violence against girls. These funds will enable Together for Girls’ partners to accelerate programs and activities addressing violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls, in countries where Together for Girls partners are actively engaged in better understanding the dimensions of the problem through the Violence Against Children Survey.
Prior to the announcement, Together for Girls hosted an interactive panel discussion, media training and photo exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This event highlighted the urgent need to end violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls, and identified ways to participants can contribute, including policy recommendations and to how journalists can cover issues of sexual violence for maximum impact. Panelists included New York Times photojournalist Lynsey Addario, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Jan Beagle, Executive Vice President of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) Gary Cohen, and GlobalGirl Media journalist Sthokozo Mabaso. Together for Girls Director Michele Moloney-Kitts moderated the event.
Launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative, Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls. The partnership focuses on documenting the magnitude and impact of violence against children through national surveys and data, coordinating evidence-based program actions in countries to address issues identified through the surveys; and global advocacy and public awareness efforts. The partnership brings together the United Nations through UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UN Women and WHO; the U.S. Government through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the U.S. Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Violence Prevention Division; and the private sector through CDC Foundation, Grupo ABC, the Nduna Foundation and BD.
For more information, visit:
Together for Girls www.togetherforgirls.org
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief www.pepfar.gov
Contact: Michele Moloney-Kitts
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