JPANet: End Violence Against Women Around the World
One out of every three women worldwide has experienced physical or sexual violence, including domestic violence, rape, sexual coercion and trafficking, acid burnings, dowry deaths and honor killings according to Amnesty International. In some countries the rate of domestic violence approaches seventy percent. Structural inequities and cultural practices continue to reinforce and even sanction the perpetration of physical, sexual and emotional violence against women.
Global poverty, armed conflict and war, and HIV/AIDS infection have particularly devastating consequences for women and girls. Rape is being used as a weapon of war in armed conflicts around the world, and women and girls are at increased risk for HIV/AIDS as a result of violence.
On February 4, 2010, a bipartisan group of representatives and senators reintroduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), a comprehensive approach to addressing global violence against women through legal and judicial reform, expanded economic and educational opportunities, improved access to health services and strengthened efforts to prevent violence against women and girls in situations of conflict and humanitarian crisis.
Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor and support this crucial legislation!
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I-VAWA was introduced in the House (H.R. 4594) by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). It was introduced in the Senate by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and John Kerry (D-MA).
I-VAWA represents the comprehensive, multisectored that is necessary to address the worldwide epidemic of violence against women and girls, as a human rights, public health and economic development issue. The legislation was drafted in consultation with more than 150 groups including U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations, U.N. agencies and 40 women’s groups across the globe. It will serve to link the response to violence against women with foreign assistance programs, including development assistance, humanitarian aid, global health services and peacekeeping efforts.
Violence against women and girls devastates families and communities. It requires a truly comprehensive response, one that incorporates violence prevention and response in all aspects of civil society. I-VAWA is an important and much-needed step toward addressing the global epidemic of violence against women and girls. Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor and support the International Violence Against Women Act.
- The UCC is working in partnership with ecumenical global partners to launch a religious leaders petition campaign in support of I-VAWA. Stay tuned for updates through the UCC Justice and Peace Action Network.
- Resources from Amnesty International
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