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Urge Your Member of Congress to Support the International Violence Against Women Act

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 and endure violence in the home or rape 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. 

Last introduced in the 111th Congress, the International Violence Against Women Act, calls for a comprehensive U.S. response to end violence against women and girls globally, by:

  • directing the Department of State and USAID to develop 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;

  • addressing violence against women and girls in humanitarian relief, peacekeeping, conflict and post-conflict settings, and urging the Secretary of State to develop emergency measures to respond to critical outbreaks of violence no later than thirty days of the occurrence;

  • 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 cosponsor re-introduce and pass I-VAWA today!

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  • Your Senators
  • Your Representative

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to re-introduce and pass the International Violence Against Women Act, last introduced in the 111th Congress.



Please make a difference in the lives of millions of women and girls pass I-VAWA!

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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