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As the world grapples with the health crisis and changes to everyday life caused by COVID-19, a shadow pandemic of violence against children is quickly emerging. Calls to child helplines and domestic violence hotlines point to a spike in levels of violence, trends that are consistent with data from past humanitarian and econmic crises. Faced with limited data, we must rely on existing data to estimate levels of violence during COVID-19 and inform prevention and response efforts now and after the pandemic.
The Violence Aginast Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), led by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the partnership with Together for Girls (TGF), provide data from 20 countries that show the high rates of physical, sexual, and emotional violence children and youth were experiencing before COVID-19, odten with devasting, immediate and long-term consquences.
In this webinar, Daniela Ligiero of TGF will provide an overview of VACS; Greta Massetti of the CDC will discuss methodology, impleementation and the Data to Action process; and Clare Banfirana of Africhild Centre will describe the VACS process and outcomes in Uganada and the resulting government policies and actions.
We look forward to your participation in this webinar.