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International Violence Against Women Act

Tell Congress to Pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)!

Imagine a world where bruises and broken bones no longer keep mothers from caring for their children...
Imagine a world where women can go to work without fearing violence in the workplace...
Imagine a world where girls can get an education without being abused on their walk to school...

Imagine a world without violence against women.

Finally, after decades of silence and inaction, there is one bill that will bolster US efforts to end violence against women across the globe: The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)

Approximately 1 of out every 3 women globally has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Violence against women includes abuse by spouses or partners in the home, rape as a weapon during wartime, dowry related deaths and forced prostitution. The distress and injuries caused affects families, communities and wider societies, preventing women from taking full advantage of economic and educational opportunities and threatening security by increasing social tensions. Violence against women is a global health crisis, an egregious human rights violation, and a moral outrage that knows no geographic or cultural barriers. It is also a major cause of poverty: it keeps women from working, going to school and earning the income they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, H.R. 4594, S. 2982), is the most comprehensive piece of legislation addressing violence against women and girls worldwide. Working through the international assistance that the U.S. already provides, this bi-partisan bill would expand our government’s ability to prevent violence against women caught in conflict, support non-governmental organizations that are combating violence on the ground, and put the U.S. unequivocally on the record with countries around the world in saying that ending violence against women and girls is a national priority.


Please help make the IVAWA a reality for the millions of women it would help empower:
Send a message to your Representative and Senators urging them to co-sponsor the IVAWA!


Starland's picture


Thank you for this notice.

K-lee 3709

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

bintu's picture

ivawa great

Thank you for this notice. If pasted the world may turn out to be a free world. In my community, women are coerced into marriage from age 9 -14. This are critical years in molding of the girl child. This practice is tier to tradition, culture or religious doctrime. This is happing smoothly and unchecked. My Fathers sister became a groundmother at age 26 at 39 a great grandmonther. This is engregious voilation of human right to freedom of choice. I hope part of the law addressed this aspect of early marriage.


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