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Stop Violence Against Women

Every year, tens of thousands of people endure sexual violence during and after armed conflict. Physicians for Human Rights works to end gender-based violence against women and girls and bring justice to survivors, and now you have a chance to help us.

U.S. policymakers have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. By passing the International Violence Against Women Act, the United States can take a stand against such violence and help prevent future abuse.

Nearly one-third of all women globally who have been in a relationship have faced physical or sexual violence by their partner, according to the World Health Organization. Domestic violence is endemic in numerous countries, and you have an opportunity to help stop it.

Experiencing violence can lead to a variety of physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health problems. It can also increase vulnerability to HIV. Please take a moment to urge your representatives and senators to stand up for women and girls today.

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Stop Violence Against Women

Dear [Decision Maker],

Too many women and girls around the world face gender-based violence and discrimination. Every year, tens of thousands of people endure sexual violence during or after armed conflict at the hands of armies that operate with impunity. Domestic violence, a hidden epidemic, threatens almost one-third of women worldwide, and violence only increases in times of conflict, unrest, or economic trouble.

Survivors of all forms of gender-based violence deserve support from U.S. policymakers so that they can move on from the trauma of abuse and begin the healing process. The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), H.R. 3571 and S. 2307, embodies a comprehensive approach to support women and girls globally by investing in education, public health, and judicial systems, and ensures that violence prevention would be central to those efforts. While the United States is already supporting women and girls in many countries, I-VAWA would institutionalize the necessary elements of our foreign policy apparatus so that the United States can respond quickly and appropriately to violence against women and girls worldwide. By passing this bill, Congress would amplify the commitment of the United States to ending the scourge of violence against women and girls.

I urge you to support I-VAWA (H.R. 3571 and S. 2307) to take a stand against violence against women and increase U.S. support for preventing such violence and assisting survivors.

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