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Together For Girls Leaders Discuss Sexual Violence, HIV Prevention Among Girls, Young Women

Council on Foreign Relations: To End the HIV Epidemic, Focus on Sexual Violence Prevention
In a guest post, Gary M. Cohen, founder and board chair of Together for Girls, executive vice president of global health at BD (Becton Dickinson and Co.), and president of the BD Foundation, and Daniela Ligiero, executive director and CEO at Together for Girls, discuss the importance of sexual violence prevention in preventing the spread of HIV, writing, “Preventing HIV among girls and young women demands a more ambitious, holistic, and flexible approach — one that includes attention to sexual and gender-based violence. … We cannot effectively prevent HIV among these young people unless we redouble our efforts to address violence prevention and response for adolescent girls” (Cohen/Ligiero, 7/17).