Urge Congress to Support and Pass I-VAWA!

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Violence against women is a horrific and pervasive human rights crisis that demands our response. Far too many women and girls around the world fall prey to traffickers, are attacked as they attend school, endure violence in the home, or are raped as a weapon of war.  At least one out of every three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime—with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries.

U.S. Senate re-introduced a bi-partisan International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) lead by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in time for Mother’s Day.  The House of Representatives also re-introduced IVAWA this past November with bipartisan support from Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

IVAWA calls for a comprehensive U.S. response to end violence against women and girls globally by:

  • Directing the Department of State and USAID To continue implementing a comprehensive multi-sectoral strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence;
  • Integrating efforts to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls as part of U.S. foreign assistance programs including health, education, economic growth, legal reform, political participation, social norm change, humanitarian assistance, and foreign security training, among others;
  • Supporting overseas non-governmental and community-based organizations working to end violence against women and girls; and,
  • Ensuring uniform data collection and accountability measures are in place to track investments in programs that address gender-based violence. 

Please urge your Members of Congress to pass IVAWA today!


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