Pass the International Violence Against Women Act
1 in 3 of the world's women has been abused in her lifetime. Violence against women is an enormous global problem that will take massive global action to solve. Until now, ending violence against women globally has not been a legislative priority in the United States.
The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, H.R. 4594, S. 2982), re-introduced in the 111th Congress by bipartisan teams in the House and the Senate in February of 2010, is the most comprehensive piece of legislation addressing violence against women and girls worldwide. It needs your support to pass.
Developed in part by US Vice President Joe Biden, the IVAWA act will make ending violence against women a diplomatic priority by requiring the US government to respond to gender-based violence in armed conflict—such as the mass rapes now occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo—and to invest in women’s organizations that are successfully working to reduce violence in their communities.
It is time to recognize the scale of the problem and take coordinated action toward a world where women do not live in fear.