Together for Girls
In care of UNAIDS
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20006
Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to eliminating sexual violence against children with a particular focus on girls. Launched at the Clinton Global Initiative, the partnership brings together five UN agencies including the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Women, UNAIDS, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); 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; the Nduna and CDC Foundations; and the private sector through Becton, Dickinson and Company and Grupo ABC.
Together for Girls focuses on three pillars:
- National surveys and data to document the magnitude and impact of sexual violence;
- Evidence-based coordinated programme actions in countries to address issues identified through the surveys, including legal and policy reform, prevention of sexual violence and improved services for children who have experienced sexual violence;
- Global advocacy and public awareness efforts to draw attention to the problem and promote evidence-based solutions.
In addition, developing and strengthening the capacity of individuals and institutions is an important cross-cutting element of the partnership. Working with governments and civil society, Together for Girls builds on existing programmes and platforms where possible to integrate the issue of sexual violence into social welfare, health, education, and justice programmes.
VPA focal person
Managing Director/Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, UNAIDS
Michele Moloney-Kitts provides strategic leadership to the Together for Girls partnership, as well as management and oversight of day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Together for Girls, Ms. Moloney-Kitts served as the Assistant Global AIDS Coordinator for the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and for over 15 years as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID serving in Cambodia, Morocco and South Africa. As a leader in international public health, her primary focus has been on the health and well-being of women and children. Michele has worked as a nurse practitioner and a nurse midwife, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.