Together for Girls (TfG) made impressive progress across the three pillars of data, national action, and global communications. Data from the Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) continued to transform knowledge of violence against children and was in huge demand. In March 2015, Malawi launched its VACS and priority areas of intervention and program support. In September 2015, Nigeria released its VACS and priority response plan. In response to the survey findings, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria launched the Year of Action to End Violence against Children. This was a call to action for not only federal and state ministries and agencies, but also for non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), media, communities, parents, and children to join together to prevent and respond to physical, sexual, and emotional violence. Zambia's VACS, known as the Health and Wellbeing Survey (H-Well), launched in November 2015. The findings were featured in the launch of UNICEFs Eastern and Southern Africa regional campaign on violence against children, held in November 2015 in South Africa.
Survays are in process in Uganda, Laos, Rwanda, Botswana, and Mozambique. Columbia, Chin,a and Cote d'Ivoire are also preparing for the VACS. Tanzania, Cambodia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and Swailand continue to implement national actions to respond to their respective survey findings and have attracted internal and external resources to support their progress.
TfG increased the visibility of the issue of violence against children through multiple fora. Highlights included advocacy around the violence-related Sustainable Development Goal targets and indicators, as well as the November 2015 launch of the third issue of Safe magazine on a new digital platform. Each year, Safe celebrates its list of global heroes working on the forefront of the efforts to end violence against children. TfG also strengthened its social media presence in 2015, growing its footprint by more than 25%.
UNICEF is the lead UN partner, other partnersinclude UNAIDS, UN Women, WHO, and UNFPA. The United States and Canada are represented by their respective agencies, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Violence Prevention; the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the U.S. Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues; and the Government of Canada. Private sector partners include Grupo ABC, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), the CDC Foundation, and the Nduna Foundation.