Tell Your Senators to Save Women’s and Girls’ Lives and
Oppose Further Cuts to Foreign Assistance Programs
Recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its
version of the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which
language on addressing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence
internationally, including in crises like the famine in
the Horn of Africa. The
Senate will vote on the 2012 foreign assistance budget this week!
In this fiscal climate, all government agencies face the
challenging task of cutting back programs to reduce spending. Ending violence
against women and girls, however, is an investment in a stronger and healthier
global community. When women and girls are able to live free of violence, rates
of HIV and AIDS and child and maternal mortality are lower and they are more
capable of contributing their talents to society, help economies become more
prosperous, and increase political participation and democratic governance.
Futures Without Violence has advocated for the new provision which would
require the Secretary of State and the USAID Administrator to develop a
multi-year strategy to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence
in countries where such violence is common. This strategy is a key component of the original International
Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) and a critical step towards ensuring U.S.
leadership on this important issue.
If the proposed cuts
are passed, we won't be able to address the epidemic of violence against women
and girls in the Horn of Africa, or prevent others.
Call - Dial the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for
your Senators' offices. Tell them that you oppose any cuts to international
assistance programs and that you vote!