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Pass the International Violence Against Women Act

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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.


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Ellen M. Kennedy

Personal Life story of Ellen M. Kennedy
Once upon a time; there live a girl called Ellen M. Kennedy who was staying with her Aunty named Miss Wuo. Before then, her Aunt told her parents that she was going to send this Ellen to school. After she took this girl alone with her in the next town; she decided that Ellen will be able to sell market while her children go to school. Every rime Ellen goes to the market to sell, if the goods did not finish she will not be allowed to go home. If she carried along with her some of the unfinished goods, her Aunty Miss Wuo would beat on her and even make her to under corporal punishments. After some years of selling for Miss Wuo, Ellen decided to ask her Aunty about when she will ever start going to school. The answer from her aunt was she must see all along the week and take two days to sell for herself to enable her pay her own school feels. While in this process of agreement, Ellen Bear it and was able to enroll herself in school and managed to be promoted in the 5th class in the same year the civil war started that cause to migrate to neighboring country Guinea as refugee along with her aunt and children. While in Guinea at the age of seventeen (17) years her aunt put her out of their their hut and asked her to go and live on her own Because her desire was to learn, she decided attending the refugee school in Guinea. While in school, this girl met one man who decided to help her to further her education. When this girl was been helped by this man in school and also helping her with every necessary needs. The aunt went to where Ellen was staying and told those who were there that she did not carry Ellen Guinea to get marry so therefore she decided to take her where she took her from which said was to her parents. While they were going she decided to take Ellen to jail without letting any body to know. While Ellen was in jail, some Guinean Police officer assigned at the Depot intended rapping this little girl at the time. Upon her refusal the officer put her back in the cell saying to her that she will not see daylight again. After three days without eating food and only to cry, the Depot Police Commander got concern and ordered that this girl (Ellen) be put out of the jail to explain what had happened to her that caused not to eat. In this process, the Police commander called upon Ellen aunty Miss Wuo to take Little Ellen to where she brought her from. Upon her aunt agreement, with the police she sent for a car to take Ellen to her parents. After Miss Wuo left with Ellen, she took her to another new place4 where she forces her to join the Sande society instead of her carrying her to her parents. Elle Said “I went through lots of difficulties and with God Almighty , I survived from this bad time” After her graduation from the Sande Society, she decided to escape to go back to Guinea, there she remained and joined another family members and went to Lofa County to find her family people instead of being around her aunty. Fortunate for her the family she joined at that time was so good to her; they helped her till she went to school and later she left and traveled to Monrovia where she stayed and graduated from high school. After her high school study she left and went in search of her parents in Lofa County where she met her biological parents and was able to explain every problem she went through while she was with her aunty. From there she left and decided to attend a nursing school. But because of financial problem break she was unable to complete her study and at this present time she is now working with an organization named Liberia United Youth for Community Safety and Development (LUYCD) based in Ganta, Nimba County, Liberia
I am now thirty (30) years

The Liberian United Youth for Community Safety and Development, INC.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Fred C Johnson LUYCD representative of LUYCD to LDCs Conference in Istanbul from 7-13 may 2O11.
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Mei Li's picture

thank you

For making this petition a priority and available, I will sign and send it to as many people as I know.

"...our compassion is the practice of unconditioning." Jakusho Kwong Roshi

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My short story

Title: My Short story

My name is Miss Rita Beddle
I was born July 25, 1979 unto the union of mr and Mrs. Moses Beddle in Gleyee Town, Tappita City, and Lower Nimba County Liberia.
I came up as a child in Gleeye Town where I started my primary education at Methodist in the year 1988 and later enroll at rainbow school in 1992, and prior to the war. I started going to school after I got my three children.
I decided to started in 2007 when I was in the 10th grade at Harrier E. Parkerson High School in in LPMC community, Ganta city, Nimba County Liberia. And I attended for three years and by the grace of God by the end of 2010 I will be graduating from the twelve (12) grade class.
Sincerely yours
Miss Rita Beddle

The Liberian United Youth for Community Safety and Development, INC.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Fred C Johnson LUYCD representative of LUYCD to LDCs Conference in Istanbul from 7-13 may 2O11.
Ban ki –moon Call to work together for a better world

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thank you!

This is an important project; I will send it through all my social media lists. Thank you for posting this action request!

blessed be,
Pax Feminina

Peace! Paix! Paz! Shalom! Salaam! Friede! Mir! Heiwa! Aman Malay! Ashtee! Damai!
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My all-out support!

Cheers to you my American sisters! How I wish I could be part of this very significant landmark on our plural struggle for women empowerment. My citizenship and location does not allow me to join you in this all-too-important petition, but take my sincere support with you. Your success will surely trickle down to us around you! We will be with you all the way!

Emie Zozobrado

saba's picture

Thanks Vice President Joe Biden!

Has this legislation passed? It was introduced in February 2010! Would love to help lobby Congress to pass it! Please let me know if I can help. Thanks.

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