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Help Pass the International Violence Against Women Act

Dear Voices of Our Future Applicants,

While the 2010 application phase for Voices of Our Future has ended, your journey in this thriving community of women leaders has only begun, and there are multiple ways in which you can continue to make an impact in empowering yourself, your community, and women worldwide.

In partnership with Women Thrive Worldwide, World Pulse is urging women around the world to use our voices as instruments for change in saying NO to gender-based violence and to put pressure on the United States government to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA).

World Pulse is gathering women's testimony letters from around the world, on the real consequences of violence, both personal and observed, and the global economic change that is possible when women and girls are protected and valued in every society.

Your letters will be bundled and sent directly to U.S. President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and other key U.S. Senators, urging them to pass I-VAWA. Our collective voices from across the globe will demonstrate that the world cannot afford to continue ignoring the voices of women.

What is I-VAWA?

The International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 4594, S. 2982) is a major step and unprecedented effort to end violence against women and girls across the globe.

If passed, it would for the first time comprehensively incorporate proven solutions to ending gender-based violence into all U.S. foreign assistance programs, as well as make ending violence against women a diplomatic priority. It would require the U.S. government to invest in grassroots women's organizations that are successfully working to reduce violence in their communities, and respond to critical outbreaks of gender-based violence in armed conflict in a timely manner.

The I-VAWA would place women's equality initiatives high on the global agenda—like promoting women's economic opportunity, addressing violence against girls in school, and working to change public attitudes—making a huge impact on empowering millions of women worldwide to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

Join us in this campaign and write your letter to help make I-VAWA a reality!

How to Participate:

1. Write a Letter: Use your PulseWire journal to write a letter, sharing your personal and observed experiences in gender-based violence, how violence against women has affected your community, and how protecting women and girls can lead to positive change in your life.

Urge President Obama and Secretary Clinton to help pass this vital act. Be sure to sign your name (or an alias if you're concerned about your safety) within your letter, along with your city and country of residence.

Because many of you also participated in the Ending Gender-Based Violence Action Blogging Campaign, you are welcome to use the same content from a previous journal and re-post it in a new journal, structured as a letter, acknowledging the urgency of I-VAWA.

2. Tag your Journal: In the tag field of your journal, type "IVAWA" to be sure your letter is included in the campaign and reaches the U.S. White House to help pass this urgent act.

3. Be Heard! In the first week of December, World Pulse will be printing all the journals tagged "IVAWA" and mailing them to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Clinton, and other key U.S. Senators.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

In addition to collecting your letters and sending your voices to the U.S. halls of power, World Pulse will select and publish the most powerful letters in a new editorial column of our online Magazine, throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence to demonstrate the power of voice and unified action!

Click here for more information on how to participate, and please contact me if you have any questions or need assistance with your letter.

Our Goal is to compile all the letters by the end of November, so if you wish to include your voice in this powerful campaign, post your letter in your journal before November 30.

In friendship and solidarity,



nilima's picture

WOW great work Jade, its

WOW great work Jade, its really GREAT just GREAT!! GREAT initiation to let the white house know the stories from the each house around the world!

I wish it will be heard and it will be understood and it will be working as mediator to stop violence against women!

jadefrank's picture


Hi Nilima,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support! I hope that you will take part, by writing a letter on your personal or observed experiences in violence against women in Nepal, and how important this act is, and post it in your journal. I would love to include your letter in the campaign!

In solidarity,

nilima's picture

I will try to manage time to

I will try to manage time to write, jade! thank u for encouragement!

warona's picture

This is all powerful Lady!

Hello over there!

Jade you rock the world.Hey, mothers,our sisters,our girls are suffering out there.Jade VAW is a major public health and human rights problem throughout the world.Women are crying amiss.Today we are here to help them.I beleive these letters will bring change as long as the Act will be passed.

Oh Voice of Our Future Applicants lets arise and say NO TO GENDER BASED VIOLENCE. Lets connect together as we help fight for our rights.Lets bring all those letters,once the Act is passed i know we are libearted.

Thank you very much Jade

With Regards


"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

jadefrank's picture


Hi Warona,

Thank you for your support in this urgent campaign to help end violence against women! You are a voice for the women of Botswana and it would be so powerful to have a letter from you to include.

Let me know if you need assistance in writing your letter. You can use K-lee's for inspiration:

Together our voices have POWER!

Thanks for the support sister!


warona's picture


Hi Jade

That is nice of you.As if you knew that i was struggling to put it together,more especially writing to Mr president.Thank you so much Jade for the style of letter you sent me, i really appreciate it.Hey you helped me so much my daer.Soon you will see it Gal.

Let love prevail


"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

Fovaisi's picture


Thats a great idea

Please forward me the pattern of letter



jadefrank's picture

Formatting your letter

Hi Fatima,

Thank you for your note, I am happy to hear that you're interested in writing a letter to participate in the IVAWA campaign. The pattern of the letter is really up to you. What we are hoping for, is for women to include personal and/or observed experiences in gender-based violence, and what your vision is for your community free of violence against women.

We believe that when this large stack of letters - testimonies of women worldwide on how violence against women affects their communities - reaches the desks of President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and other U.S. senators, they won't be able to ignore the urgent need to pass the International Violence Against Women Act.

Here is a good example of a letter, that a woman on PulseWire wrote. You are welcome to use her format for your own letter. I encourage you to write your letter within your PulseWire journal.

And please let me know if you have any further questions.

In friendship and solidarity,

Fovaisi's picture


Thats really a great Idea Jade

Well Done

But please share with me the pattern of letter if you can

Fatima :)

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