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February 26, 2019

Ending Childhood Violence to Ensure Healthy Futures

Showing the Ending Childhood Violence to Ensure Healthy Futures Video

Violence remains a persistent problem for youth in developing countries. Lasting effects associated with violence during childhood include poor mental health, unintended pregnancy, and increased risks of sexually transmitted diseases. Few incidents of violence against children are reported, resulting in a high treatment gap for those who do not receive support services. Data collection, advocacy campaigns, and policy reform are essential components to protect the safety of children around the world.

Dr. Daniela Ligiero, executive director and CEO of Together for Girls, discussed the necessary role of the global community to stop the ongoing crisis and ensure safe developmental environments for children and adolescents.


Dr. Daniela Ligiero is the executive director and CEO of Together for Girls, a public-private partnership organization working to end childhood violence. Before joining Together for Girls, Dr. Ligiero served as the vice president of girls and women’s strategy at the UN Foundation and developed the foundation’s gender integration strategy.

Maeve McKean is a lawyer who works at the intersections of global health and human rights. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, jointly earning a law degree from the Law Center and a master’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

John Monahan is the senior advisor for global health to President John J. DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.

This event was part of Georgetown’s Conversations in Global Health course, which brings leaders in global health to Georgetown to discuss their careers and work. These structured conversations, led by John Monahan and Maeve McKean, are open to all faculty, students, and staff.