WASHINGTON, D.C. /eNewsChannels/ — On September 22, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in collaboration with the Office of Global Women’s Issues will formally join Together with Girls, a global partnership to end sexual violence. At a reception hosted by Amy Robbins, Executive Director of the Nduna Foundation, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, and Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, will discuss how the partnership contributes to their common goal of addressing gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence against girls, in countries severely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The Honorable Nonhlanhla Dlamini, Member of Parliament in Swaziland, Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President of Becton, Dickinson and Company, and Ms. Robbins will also make remarks.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time: 6:15pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Le Bernardin, ‘Les Salons Bernardin’, 155-B West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

About Together for Girls:
At the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, a unique partnership was launched to end sexual violence against girls worldwide – a truly global problem affecting over 150 million girls. The partnership, now entitled Together for Girls, unites major international organizations to find, test and implement the best prevention and protection strategies that address this gross violation of rights. Partnership efforts focus on three pillars: conducting national surveys to document the magnitude and impact of sexual violence, supporting a plan of action at the country level and launching communications and public awareness campaigns.

The Together for Girls partnership is comprised of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the US Department of State’s Office Global Women’s Issues, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, the Nduna Foundation, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), and Grupo ABC of Brazil.