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Take Action to Support I-VAWA

GFWC has identified VAWA and I-VAWA as priority issues for our legislative advocacy in 2009. In recent weeks, a coalition of supporters has drafted the International Violence Against Women Act and sent it to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Now, it's up to them to say yes to ending violence against women.

One out of every three women worldwide will be physically or sexually abused during her lifetime. Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights. Violence and abuse devastates the lives of millions of women, knows no national or cultural barriers, and most importantly, it must be stopped.

The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) represents an unprecedented commitment by the U.S. government to address and ultimately end violence against women and girls globally. It would for the first time create a comprehensive approach by the United States to fight violence against women and girls internationally.

Specifically, the I-VAWA directs the U.S. government to create a comprehensive, 5-year strategy to reduce violence in 10-20 diverse countries that have severe levels of violence against women and girls. To achieve this goal, the bill supports programs that have been proven to reduce violence and makes ending violence against women and girls a U.S. diplomatic priority. Importantly, the bill also expands U.S. support and capacity for overseas nongovernmental organizations—particularly women's nongovernmental organizations—working to end violence against women and girls in their own countries.

Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar are the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the committee charged with legislation pertaining to US foreign policy. Through their leadership positions, Senators Kerry and Lugar can lead I-VAWA through the legislative process and make ending violence against women and girls a priority for this Congress.

»Help support I-VAWA by participating in Amnesty International's Mother's Day campaign to reach out to Senators Kerry and Lugar.

 
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