Stand in solidarity with women & children around the world!
Earlier this year the Senate re-introduced the bipartisan
International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), as strong support continues
to grow on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives following
its successful reintroduction late last year. IVAWA is critical legislation
that will support on-the-ground efforts around the world to reduce violence
against women and girls. Today in Washington, DC, advocates are meeting with
legislators to increase support for the bill, but we need your help.
Please take a moment to ask your Members of Congress to
support this important bill.
Time and again we see global crises that demand action, such
as the kidnapping
of 300 Nigerian school girls earlier this year. We know
that such acts are part of a larger global crisis in which
gender-based-violence (GBV) occurs daily all around the world. 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. GBV 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.
Fortunately, you can advocate for a proactive approach that
will help make the world safer for women and girls.
IVAWA would make ending violence against women and girls a
top diplomatic and foreign assistance priority, providing essential support for
proven strategies to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. It
will streamline and better synchronize programming across various U.S.
government agencies, making addressing GBV a cornerstone of U.S. development
and foreign policy. Specifically, IVAWA is a multi-pronged approach that would:
- Increase economic
opportunity and education for women and girls;
- Strengthen legal
and judicial protection to address violence against women and girls;
- Increase health
sector capacity to address GBV by integrating GBV programs into already
existing health programs;
- Support public
awareness programs to change attitudes that condone and encourage violence
against women and girls, emphasizing community-based solutions.
We know that our faith compels us to reach for more holistic
and sustained solutions to end GBV, which takes place with alarming frequency,
often without the world’s notice. We know
too that as 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 women and children who suffer violence throughout the world.
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