Secretary Clinton Highlights Together for Girls Initiative

I am proud to share Secretary Hillary Clinton’s remarks at “Evidence and Impact: Closing the gender evidence data gap,” an event co-sponsored by the Department of State and Gallup. As part of her speech, the Secretary highlighted the work of the Together for Girls initiative. What a great day for this important partnership.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks:

“Or take Together for Girls, a public-private partnership the State Department helped build to prevent sexual violence against children. In many places, there is simply no information about how widespread the problem is, so we support collecting data at the national level. In Tanzania, for example it was found that almost 30 percent of girls and over 10 percent of boys have suffered an unwanted sexual experience. The Government of Tanzania then used this data to develop and implement a national plan to prevent violence against children. Concrete action is possible when we understand the scope and scale of a problem.”

Video and full text of the speech can be found at the State Department’s website: 

View Secretary Hillary Clinton's Speech

Together for Girls is a public-private partnership to address sexual violence against children, particularly girls. As part of the initiative, surveys have been completed in Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe, with future surveys planned for Haiti, Malawi, the Philippines and Cambodia. The CDC Foundation receives support for Together for Girls from Nduna Foundation, United Nations Populations Fund and individual contributors.

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Gary Cohen is executive vice president for Global Health, BD Foundation president, and a CDC Foundation board member.