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#AskAMogulAnything:Hi,I'mDanielaLigiero.I'mtheCEOofTogetherforGirls,aglobal,public-privatepartnershipdedicatedtoendingsexualviolenceagainstgirls.Askmeanythingyou'dlike!I'llanswerat10amETon9/30.

Daniela Ligiero
Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls

**Your questions will be answered Friday, September 30th at 10 am ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!**

Hi - I'm Daniela Ligiero. 

I'm the CEO of Together for Girls, a global, public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls. The partnership includes five UN agencies, the governments of the United States and Canada, several private sector organizations and more than 20 country governments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. 

Before joining Together for Girls, I was the Vice President of Girls and Women’s Strategy at the UN Foundation and developed the foundation’s gender integration strategy. I also worked at the U.S. Department of State where I oversaw the effective implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs for the Latin America and Caribbean region and launched the first ever Gender Interagency Technical Working Group within PEPFAR.

And I served in two leadership roles at UNICEF in Brazil, first as Chief of HIV and then as Deputy Representative. 

Some more information about me: I love to scuba dive. I like to fix things around the house (I'm the "handywoman"). And I make jewelry/beading to relax.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Friday, September 30th, at 10 am ET. 

It's part of Mogul's new interactive Q &A sessions, Ask A Mogul Anything. 

Come on and ask me *anything* ... about stopping violence against girls ... building a global public-private partnership... and implementing change around the world.

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  • Dr. Shruti Kapoor
    Dr. Shruti Kapoor Founder, CEO
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    Hello Daniela, I am the founder of Sayfty (www.sayfty.com), we work to empower and educate women and girls against violence. What according to you is the biggest challenge we as a society face in bringing an end to violence against women?

    Hello Daniela, I am the founder of Sayfty (www.sayfty.com), we work to empower and educate women and girls against violence. What according to you is the biggest challenge we as a society face in bringing an end to violence against women?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Hi Shruti. Great to hear from you. I think the single greatest challenge we face is the fact that violence against women and girls is EVERYWHERE. There is not a single country in the world that has effectively eliminated it. However, there is still a great deal of silence and taboo surrounding these issues. We have to help break the silence and change attitudes and norms, so that survivors can feel comfortable coming forward (and not worry about being shamed and blamed). Thanks for the work you do!

      Hi Shruti. Great to hear from you. I think the single greatest challenge we face is the fact that violence against women and girls is EVERYWHERE. There is not a single country in the world that has effectively eliminated it. However, there is still a great deal of silence and taboo surrounding these issues. We have to help break the silence and change attitudes and norms, so that survivors can feel comfortable coming forward (and not worry about being shamed and blamed). Thanks for the work you do!

      • Dr. Shruti Kapoor
        Dr. Shruti Kapoor Founder, CEO
        2y ago New York, NY, United States

        Thank you Daniela. I'd be interested in getting in touch with you for an interview. What's the best way to reach you?

        Thank you Daniela. I'd be interested in getting in touch with you for an interview. What's the best way to reach you?

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    What an incredible leader and the work you are doing is so important and admirable. Thank you for what you do. Have you always had a calling to help end violence against children?

    What an incredible leader and the work you are doing is so important and admirable. Thank you for what you do. Have you always had a calling to help end violence against children?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Thanks Bethany! Great to hear from you. Actually, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. Growing up I loved so many different things. In college, i had to decide between majoring in physics, photography or psychology. I ended up with psychology. I thought I wanted to see patients or do research at a university, but after spending a year on the Hill here in DC realized policy was my true calling. Also, I'm a survivor of sexual violence, so that had an important impact on me. I realized I wanted to make sure others don't have to go through what I went through--not only the act itself, but all the shame and trauma that came from how society and others reacted to my experience.

      Thanks Bethany! Great to hear from you. Actually, it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. Growing up I loved so many different things. In college, i had to decide between majoring in physics, photography or psychology. I ended up with psychology. I thought I wanted to see patients or do research at a university, but after spending a year on the Hill here in DC realized policy was my true calling. Also, I'm a survivor of sexual violence, so that had an important impact on me. I realized I wanted to make sure others don't have to go through what I went through--not only the act itself, but all the shame and trauma that came from how society and others reacted to my experience.

  • MaryPflumPeterson

    Hi Daniela - Such an honor to have you take questions. What do you see as the biggest challenges currently facing young women in the world? And where is Together for Girls making the biggest strides?

    Hi Daniela - Such an honor to have you take questions. What do you see as the biggest challenges currently facing young women in the world? And where is Together for Girls making the biggest strides?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Hi Mary! Thanks for the opportunity. I think all the greatest challenges we face actually come from the same core place--the fact that girls and women don't have the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities that men and boys do. We are less valued, and this has different effects for us depending on where we live: from being married young and against our will, to making less money than our male colleagues, to not having adequate representation in Congress. Violence is also a result of this. When a man rapes a woman who has been been drinking and it's seen as a lesser crime than pulling a gun on someone and taking their wallet, that says there's something deeply wrong with our society. We are making huge strides all over the world now, in 22 countries. Our surveys and data reveal what's really going on in terms of sexual violence, and then it becomes very difficult for anyone to deny what's really happening. We always come from a place of data and evidence, and that's the key to our success.

      Hi Mary! Thanks for the opportunity. I think all the greatest challenges we face actually come from the same core place--the fact that girls and women don't have the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities that men and boys do. We are less valued, and this has different effects for us depending on where we live: from being married young and against our will, to making less money than our male colleagues, to not having adequate representation in Congress. Violence is also a result of this. When a man rapes a woman who has been been drinking and it's seen as a lesser crime than pulling a gun on someone and taking their wallet, that says there's something deeply wrong with our society. We are making huge strides all over the world now, in 22 countries. Our surveys and data reveal what's really going on in terms of sexual violence, and then it becomes very difficult for anyone to deny what's really happening. We always come from a place of data and evidence, and that's the key to our success.

  • Sally22
    2y ago

    Your work is fascinating - and what you are doing is so admirable. What prompted you to go into this line of work? Was it something you knew you always wanted to do?

    Your work is fascinating - and what you are doing is so admirable. What prompted you to go into this line of work? Was it something you knew you always wanted to do?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Hey Sally. Look at my answer above for this one.

      Hey Sally. Look at my answer above for this one.

  • Sally22
    2y ago

    I'm also intrigued by the public-private partnership. How does that work? And will we be seeing more of that when it comes to humanitarian work in the future?

    I'm also intrigued by the public-private partnership. How does that work? And will we be seeing more of that when it comes to humanitarian work in the future?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      public-private partnerships have at their core the belief that there are some problems so big and complex that no single actor or sector can resolve them. Sexual violence is one such problem. Governments, civil society, citizens and companies can all do something, and together we are more powerful than on our own. I do hope we see more of that in humanitarian emergencies, because that too is a problem too big to be solved by one sector....

      public-private partnerships have at their core the belief that there are some problems so big and complex that no single actor or sector can resolve them. Sexual violence is one such problem. Governments, civil society, citizens and companies can all do something, and together we are more powerful than on our own. I do hope we see more of that in humanitarian emergencies, because that too is a problem too big to be solved by one sector....

  • glasshalffull100

    You've done so much in your career. What do you consider some of your biggest high points or achievements?

    You've done so much in your career. What do you consider some of your biggest high points or achievements?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Thanks for your comment! You know, it sounds corny, but my biggest achievements are the things that are not on my CV. When I go to the countries where we work and I meet the people we've impacted, that is what matters most. A survivor who shares her story and tells me she is now working in her community to make sure other girls don't have to go through that, a community organizer that has felt alone for years talking about these issues, and with the new data and mobilization we bring now feels supported to do the work. That's what fills me. Plus, I have two wonderful little girls, and I feel like I'm trying to make this a better world for them. That feels pretty great!

      Thanks for your comment! You know, it sounds corny, but my biggest achievements are the things that are not on my CV. When I go to the countries where we work and I meet the people we've impacted, that is what matters most. A survivor who shares her story and tells me she is now working in her community to make sure other girls don't have to go through that, a community organizer that has felt alone for years talking about these issues, and with the new data and mobilization we bring now feels supported to do the work. That's what fills me. Plus, I have two wonderful little girls, and I feel like I'm trying to make this a better world for them. That feels pretty great!

  • booklover423
    2y ago

    What's your advice to young women who want to go into your line of work? What steps can or should they take?

    What's your advice to young women who want to go into your line of work? What steps can or should they take?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      It's really exciting to see more and more opportunities to work on issues of violence against children and women. If you want to do international work I always recommend making sure you spend some time abroad. You can become a PeaceCorps volunteer, do a fellowship, or just volunteer for a summer. Also, everyone needs to start off doing their share of unpaid work, so I recommend finding an organization near you that works on these issues and volunteering for a bit--just to get started.

      It's really exciting to see more and more opportunities to work on issues of violence against children and women. If you want to do international work I always recommend making sure you spend some time abroad. You can become a PeaceCorps volunteer, do a fellowship, or just volunteer for a summer. Also, everyone needs to start off doing their share of unpaid work, so I recommend finding an organization near you that works on these issues and volunteering for a bit--just to get started.

      • Dr. Shruti Kapoor
        Dr. Shruti Kapoor Founder, CEO
        2y ago New York, NY, United States

        Great answer Daniela. I echo that, maybe start by volunteering at a local organization that address VAW.

        Great answer Daniela. I echo that, maybe start by volunteering at a local organization that address VAW.

  • booklover423
    2y ago

    What's the best part about your job? What's the hardest part?

    What's the best part about your job? What's the hardest part?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      The best part of my job is that not every day looks the same. I like change and new challenges. One day I'm at the UN giving a speech, the next day I'm working from home putting together a proposal, and the next I'm heading to Uganda for a workshop. I like that. I get to meet and interact with all kinds of people, from presidents to health care providers in rural communities. The hardest part is I also get to see the worst of humanity. People do horrible things to each other, and sometimes it's hard to wrap your head around it. I spent a week in the DRC once, in the conflict areas. That's considered the rape capital of the world, where rape is used as a weapon of war. I could not sleep for days after what I saw there. But it also helps me to keep focused on what I'm doing, my mission, and gives me perspective. Most of us have pretty fantastic lives compared to the rest of the world, and it's important to appreciate that.

      The best part of my job is that not every day looks the same. I like change and new challenges. One day I'm at the UN giving a speech, the next day I'm working from home putting together a proposal, and the next I'm heading to Uganda for a workshop. I like that. I get to meet and interact with all kinds of people, from presidents to health care providers in rural communities. The hardest part is I also get to see the worst of humanity. People do horrible things to each other, and sometimes it's hard to wrap your head around it. I spent a week in the DRC once, in the conflict areas. That's considered the rape capital of the world, where rape is used as a weapon of war. I could not sleep for days after what I saw there. But it also helps me to keep focused on what I'm doing, my mission, and gives me perspective. Most of us have pretty fantastic lives compared to the rest of the world, and it's important to appreciate that.

  • miranda444
    2y ago

    Where are the biggest areas of concern in the world right now when it comes to sexual violence against women? What can the rest of us do to be of help? So many of us want to help but often feel powerless. Would love your thoughts.

    Where are the biggest areas of concern in the world right now when it comes to sexual violence against women? What can the rest of us do to be of help? So many of us want to help but often feel powerless. Would love your thoughts.

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Most people I interact with feel the way you do. It really is such a huge problem, and so hard to imagine how we might change it. But we can! And each one of us has a role. There are small things we can all do. Voulunteer for a couple of days a year at an organization near you that works on these issues. Question the people around you when they make demeaning comments about women and girls. Donate money to organizations that work on these issues. Join a local event on V-Day (February 14th) or become active on social media. (@together4girls and our Facebook page are a start). My favorite quote these days is Margaret Meade "Never believe that a few caring and committed individuals cannot change the world, because in fact that's all that ever has."

      Most people I interact with feel the way you do. It really is such a huge problem, and so hard to imagine how we might change it. But we can! And each one of us has a role. There are small things we can all do. Voulunteer for a couple of days a year at an organization near you that works on these issues. Question the people around you when they make demeaning comments about women and girls. Donate money to organizations that work on these issues. Join a local event on V-Day (February 14th) or become active on social media. (@together4girls and our Facebook page are a start). My favorite quote these days is Margaret Meade "Never believe that a few caring and committed individuals cannot change the world, because in fact that's all that ever has."

  • Kelly Hudson
    2y ago

    What are your hobbies outside of work? Do you have advice for work life balance?

    What are your hobbies outside of work? Do you have advice for work life balance?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      I do have a ton of hobbies (scuba diving, cooking, making jewelry, etc.). However, the question of life-work balance is key. I also have a husband and two little girls (4 & 8). My journey has been all about balance, and making sure I can make an impact in the world while also still being a great mom. That means making tough choices every day. It means saying no to things that I'd want to do (I once said no to an amazing high-powered job because I knew I would be working ridiculous hours and wouldn't have the time I wanted for my family). I think it's a challenge for all of us to have balance. I also think we need to do better as a society for ensuring and promoting this balance for EVERYONE. People need vacations, they need to work decent hours, receive good pay for their work, and have family and parental leave...all things that we are not doing so well on in the US.

      I do have a ton of hobbies (scuba diving, cooking, making jewelry, etc.). However, the question of life-work balance is key. I also have a husband and two little girls (4 & 8). My journey has been all about balance, and making sure I can make an impact in the world while also still being a great mom. That means making tough choices every day. It means saying no to things that I'd want to do (I once said no to an amazing high-powered job because I knew I would be working ridiculous hours and wouldn't have the time I wanted for my family). I think it's a challenge for all of us to have balance. I also think we need to do better as a society for ensuring and promoting this balance for EVERYONE. People need vacations, they need to work decent hours, receive good pay for their work, and have family and parental leave...all things that we are not doing so well on in the US.

  • Default
    Guest
    2y ago

    That's neat you make jewelry! I do as well. Do you sell it online or in stores?

    That's neat you make jewelry! I do as well. Do you sell it online or in stores?

    • Default
      Guest
      2y ago

      What is your take on what needs to be done to rescue Yazidi girls from ISIS captivity? I have heard they are being sexually abused from a very young age and I am so disturbed for our world that this is happening to these innocent children. What can we do to help?

      What is your take on what needs to be done to rescue Yazidi girls from ISIS captivity? I have heard they are being sexually abused from a very young age and I am so disturbed for our world that this is happening to these innocent children. What can we do to help?

      • Daniela Ligiero
        Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
        2y ago

        There are horrible things happening to BOTH boys and girls around the world. Boys also experience sexual violence, and that's completely unacceptable and rarely discussed. We also work on these issues--even though our name has girls in it. Conflict just makes everything worse. Around the world, whether in Syria or Nigeria, terrorist groups are doing horrible things to children. There really isn't an easy solution, but I think we all need to speak up and pressure our governments to intervene in a much deeper and more meaningful way to both respond to existing conflicts, but also to prevent them from happening.

        There are horrible things happening to BOTH boys and girls around the world. Boys also experience sexual violence, and that's completely unacceptable and rarely discussed. We also work on these issues--even though our name has girls in it. Conflict just makes everything worse. Around the world, whether in Syria or Nigeria, terrorist groups are doing horrible things to children. There really isn't an easy solution, but I think we all need to speak up and pressure our governments to intervene in a much deeper and more meaningful way to both respond to existing conflicts, but also to prevent them from happening.

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Neat. I just do it for fun. I wear it and make it for the special people in my life... Who knows, that might be my next career once I retire from this job.

      Neat. I just do it for fun. I wear it and make it for the special people in my life... Who knows, that might be my next career once I retire from this job.

  • Sarah Fein
    2y ago

    Sometimes the problems of the world seem so overwhelming and out of our control. What can we on our end do to help?

    Sometimes the problems of the world seem so overwhelming and out of our control. What can we on our end do to help?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Hi Sarah. I know. See my answer above to miranda444 about things we can do to help. We can all play a part.

      Hi Sarah. I know. See my answer above to miranda444 about things we can do to help. We can all play a part.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    What's the most exciting city you've lived in? How much do you travel for work?

    What's the most exciting city you've lived in? How much do you travel for work?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      I'm so lucky that my work has allowed me to travel all over the world. What a treat! These days I travel quite a bit, but less than I used to before I had kids. Probably 2-4 big international trips a year. The most exciting place I've lived in .... I know it doesn't seem obvious.... but it's Washington DC. Where I live now. SOOOO much is decided here--not only about what happens in the US, but around the world. I love it.

      I'm so lucky that my work has allowed me to travel all over the world. What a treat! These days I travel quite a bit, but less than I used to before I had kids. Probably 2-4 big international trips a year. The most exciting place I've lived in .... I know it doesn't seem obvious.... but it's Washington DC. Where I live now. SOOOO much is decided here--not only about what happens in the US, but around the world. I love it.

  • Lucy Chen
    2y ago Chicago, IL, United States

    Which presidential candidate do you feel will help you and your organization achieve your goals? This whole campaign has been pretty crazy! I think I saw you all were based in DC with the organization. What's it like living in the city that's the heart of US politics?

    Which presidential candidate do you feel will help you and your organization achieve your goals? This whole campaign has been pretty crazy! I think I saw you all were based in DC with the organization. What's it like living in the city that's the heart of US politics?

    • Daniela Ligiero
      Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
      2y ago

      Thanks for your question. We are an organization that includes UN and governments, so we are non-partisan (that means we can speak in support of any one candidate). I agree this is a critical election, so VERY IMIPORTANT that everyone go out and vote. EVERY vote counts. On Washington, I love this town! So much happens here on a daily basis. The decisions made here impact the lives o millions across America, and billions across the globe. I like being part of that. However, sometimes it's critical to disconnect from all of it, so I make sure to have plenty of friends that are not in the political world, to relax and have FUN!

      Thanks for your question. We are an organization that includes UN and governments, so we are non-partisan (that means we can speak in support of any one candidate). I agree this is a critical election, so VERY IMIPORTANT that everyone go out and vote. EVERY vote counts. On Washington, I love this town! So much happens here on a daily basis. The decisions made here impact the lives o millions across America, and billions across the globe. I like being part of that. However, sometimes it's critical to disconnect from all of it, so I make sure to have plenty of friends that are not in the political world, to relax and have FUN!

  • Daniela Ligiero
    Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
    2y ago

    Good morning! I'm so thrilled to be part of this conversation today. I encourage you to go to our website www.togetherforgirls.org and to also follow us on twitter @together4girls to learn more about our work... I'll start answering questions in a few minutes.

    Good morning! I'm so thrilled to be part of this conversation today. I encourage you to go to our website www.togetherforgirls.org and to also follow us on twitter @together4girls to learn more about our work... I'll start answering questions in a few minutes.

  • Daniela Ligiero
    Daniela Ligiero CEO, Together for Girls
    2y ago

    So wonderful to be with you today! Loved all the questions. You can each make a difference. Use your voice. Check out our website www.togetherforgirls.org and follow us on Twitter @together4girls and Facebook. THANKS!

    So wonderful to be with you today! Loved all the questions. You can each make a difference. Use your voice. Check out our website www.togetherforgirls.org and follow us on Twitter @together4girls and Facebook. THANKS!

  • Toney Kevin 25

    Hello, my name is Kevin Reeder but my friends called me toney am US Army;i saw your profile here at ratebeer/ and become much interested to know you, please contact me through my email ([email protected]) i will like to hear from you ,then i will send you my pictures and tell you all about me; thanks . Kevin Reeder

    Hello, my name is Kevin Reeder but my friends called me toney am US Army;i saw your profile here at ratebeer/ and become much interested to know you, please contact me through my email ([email protected]) i will like to hear from you ,then i will send you my pictures and tell you all about me; thanks . Kevin Reeder

  • Ms. Book
    2y ago Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas

    hi Daniela, my name is kendia and i am a survivor of sexual violence and im presently writing my second book with regards. My question to you is what do you think is the best methodology for bringing this awareness to girls between the ages of 7-10 and to their parents?

    hi Daniela, my name is kendia and i am a survivor of sexual violence and im presently writing my second book with regards. My question to you is what do you think is the best methodology for bringing this awareness to girls between the ages of 7-10 and to their parents?


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CEO, Together for Girls

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