Act to end violence against women & children in Nigeria and throughout the world!

Nigerian GirlsThe kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria by an extremist group has caught the attention of the entire international community. Such glaring atrocities shock our conscience and lead us to demand action.

We stand with our global partners in urgent solidarity, crying out for the release of these girls. Likewise, we commend the Senate for passing a resolution condemning the kidnapping, and applaud that President Obama has committed a U.S. team to help recover the girls.

We know too that our faith compels us to reach for more holistic and sustained solutions for this and the other incidents like it, which take place with alarming frequency, often without the world’s notice. The grave reality remains that this kidnapping is part of a larger global crisis in which gender-based violence (GBV) continues to occur in every country around the world on a daily basis.

We cannot stand by while women and girls are used as tools of war and continue to experience violence!

It is estimated that one out of every three women worldwide will experience physical or sexual abuse during her lifetime, with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries. Such violence includes rape, domestic violence, human trafficking, honor killings, child marriage, and genital mutilation. Girls are denied access to education, the political and economic rights of women and girls are oppressed, and women and girls are used as tools of war.

Gender-based violence is a human rights violation, a public health epidemic, and a barrier to addressing broader global challenges such as extreme poverty and hunger, HIV/AIDS, and international conflict.

The bipartisan International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was reintroduced this week in the Senate, and it could not have come at a better time. I-VAWA makes ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic and foreign assistance priority. It will streamline and better synchronize programming across various U.S. government agencies, making addressing gender-based violence a cornerstone of U.S. development and foreign policy by coordinating and integrating existing programs. I-VAWA is a multi-pronged approach that would:

The kidnapping of the Nigerian girls makes it clear why this multi-faceted approach to addressing gender-based violence is so necessary. We know that as faith advocates we must prevent such acts of violence by comprehensively working to empower women and girls globally.

Join us in speaking out in solidarity with girls in Nigeria, and with women and children who suffer violence throughout the world.

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