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Together for Girls and Partners Announce Commitment to Increase Rapid Care for Rape Survivors at 2016 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

Child Helpline International committed to support the Together for Girls' Every Hour Matters campaign

New York, NY - Today, at the 12th and final Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Together for Girls joined No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, WEConnect International and a coalition of over 30 core partners from the public, private, and multilateral sectors to announce a new series of commitments that aim to address significant gender gaps and advance the gender equality targets of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

"This coalition demonstrates that a broad range of partners from the private sector to the grassroots community to the UN offers us a powerful opportunity to accelerate opportunities for girls and women worldwide," said Chelsea Clinton, who announced this group of commitments on-stage during a plenary session titled, Girl, Uninterrupted: Increasing Opportunity During Adolescence. "No Ceilings data show us that achieving gender equality doesn't only change the lives and opportunities for girls and women, it changes the world. When girls and women participate fully, societies, nations, and our global community are all more secure."

Specifically, Together for Girls and 10 of its global partners will commit nearly $1.5 million in resources to the Every Hour Matters campaign, with the goal of ensuring that those who suffer rape do not also have to experience HIV, unintended pregnancy, or long-term mental health issues. The Every Hour Matters campaign will do this by: 1) increasing the general public's awareness about the importance of rapid access to post-rape care; and 2) building partnerships and political will with global, national, and community leaders to improve survivors' access to comprehensive services.

While it is never too late to receive mental health support and care, survivors have 72 hours to receive life-saving medication to prevent HIV and 120 hours to receive emergency contraception.

"Sexual assault survivors don't use services for a variety of reasons, including the fact that there is often a feeling of 'self-blame' and shame or embarrassment. However, another important reason is most people don't know that there's a limited window of time to seek certain kinds of health services and that every hour matters for post-rape care," said Daniela Ligiero, CEO of Together for Girls, who joined Chelsea Clinton on-stage for the announcement today.

Structural constraints also play a major role as many communities lack comprehensive post-rape services, trained healthcare providers, reliable social services, and clear policies on what action to take in case of rape, specifically when it comes to minors.

Working through leading partners in national governments, service delivery networks, advocacy and civil society groups, Together for Girls' Every Hour Matters campaign will put essential information about sexual violence and post-rape care in the hands of policymakers and the public. It will also train at least 600 individuals, including youth advocates and professionals from the health sector and crisis hotlines throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, on the topic.

Ten organizations will support the Every Hour Matters campaign through this CGI commitment, including three private sector partners (the global medical technology company BD [Becton, Dickinson and Co.], the creative media agency Cummins&Partners, and mobile app SafeTrek); three UN agencies (the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization and UN Women); and four non-governmental organizations (CARE International, Child Helpline International, Save the Children USA and Women Deliver).

 

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About Together for Girls

Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership that brings together the world's preeminent public health and development agencies, including the United Nations, governments and the private sector, in a shared commitment to end violence against children, with a particular focus on sexual violence and girls. With data that now measures the experiences of an estimated 11 percent of the world's population under the age of 25, the partnership provides evidence and leadership driving both national action and global advocacy for violence prevention and response.

The Together for Girls partnership includes five UN agencies, the governments of the United States and Canada, several private sector organizations and 21 implementing country governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our UN partners are led by UNICEF and include 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 Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Our private sector partners are BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Cummins&Partners, GrupoABC, the CDC Foundation and the Nduna Foundation.

For more information about Together for Girls and its work, visit: www.togetherforgirls.org and follow us on Twitter @togetherforgirls and Facebook at facebook.com/togetherforgirls.

About the Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,500 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

For more information, visit  clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

About No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project

No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation which aims to advance the full participation of girls and women around the world. Through a data-driven analysis on gender equality, an in-depth conversation series, innovative partnerships, and CGI commitments, No Ceilings builds an evidence-based case to chart the path forward for the full participation of girls and women in the 21st century. For more information, visit noceilings.org.

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