Urge President Obama to Fund Programs that Prevent and Respond to Violence against Women and Girls Globally

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Post on Twitter:

  • #POTUS @whitehouse @VP Please include funding for gender-based violence in your FY14 Budget. #India#GBV
  • .@whitehouse @VP Please continue your commitment to preventing violence against women & girls globally by requesting funding for #GBV. 
  • .@whitehouse 1 in 3 women will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.  Please fund gender-based violence programs. #GBV

Post on Facebook:

  • @The White House, please include funding for gender-based violence in your Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request. In this fiscal climate, all government agencies face the challenging task of cutting back programs to reduce spending. Ending violence
    against women and girls globally, however, is an investment in a stronger and healthier global community. Girls like Malala Yousufzai who face violence on the way to school and women like the two brutally raped, one fatally, on buses in India cannot and must not wait for solutions.
  • @The White House 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. 
    Please take action to end this epidemic and protect women and girls around the world: Fund gender-based violence policy and programs in your
    budget. 

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we can one day make the elimination of violence against women and girls a reality.

 

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  • President Barack Obama

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Please Fund Programs that Prevent and Respond to Violence against Women and Girls Globally

Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to supporting federal programs and policies that improve the lives of women and girls throughout the world. As you work to develop the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal, I urge you to support a robust International Affairs budget that includes clearly identified funding for gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response globally by working with the Office of Management and Budget and Congress.

Violence against women and girls is all too common around the world, whether in conflict or humanitarian crisis settings, or within the confines of the home. Violence takes many forms, including sexual and labor trafficking, assaults on girls at school, intimate partner violence, and rape and sexual violence 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.

I understand that 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 live free of violence, HIV/AIDS and child and maternal mortality rates are lower and women and girls are better able to contribute to economies, increase political participation, and promote democratic governance. I also urge you to ensure that such investments in addressing GBV do not come at the expense of other poverty-fighting accounts.

Your Administration recognized the importance of gender-based violence with the development of the first-ever U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. This comprehensive strategy can shape a U.S. global response to this epidemic; ensure the integration of approaches to violence within and across sectors of development; and promote more consistent and relevant data collection that contributes toward greater accountability for existing, scaled-up and newly developed programs if funded appropriately.

Sincerely
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