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I'm writing on behalf of women worldwide to urge you to pass the International Violence Against Women Act. As someone who works with survivors of domestic violence every day, I can only highlight the urgency and necessity of taking large scale, politically visible actions, such as the passage of this Act in order to create another layer of prevention and protection for women.

From my full-time job with survivors of domestic violence to the other work I've done over the years with women in developing countries, it is clear that we need to take a firm and unequivocal stand against violence towards women. In all of the countries I've volunteered, worked or traveled in, violence towards women is almost a normal part of existence. When I was working with teenage girls this past summer in southern Sudan, they're hopes were simple and straightforward: to finish school without being forced into a polygamist marriage. Yet for most of these intelligent young women, such enslavement will be their fate.

With global statistic being that 1 in 3 girls and women will experience abuse in their lifetimes, there is simply no reason not to pass IVAWA. The United States, as a global leader, has a responsibility to show that half of the world's population deserve to be respected, valued and allowed to live without fear of violence. It is women's human right.

Thank you for your conscientious consideration.

Danielle Prince, MA
Kenmore, WA, USA

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Please join the PulseWire community in speaking out against violence and urging the U.S. government to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). Write your letter in your PulseWire journal to share your personal and observed experience in gender-based violence, both in your life and within your community. Tag your journal "IVAWA", and World Pulse will send your letter directly to President Obama, along with letters from women around the world. Learn more: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/international-violence-agai...

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jadefrank's picture

IVAWA

Dear Danielle,

Thank you for taking the time to write this powerful letter! Your voice will reach the White House and US Senate, together with the letters and voices of women worldwide calling for this act to be passed and realized on the ground. Together, our voices have power!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade

Danielle Prince's picture

thank you.

Hi Jade,

Thanks for replying/responding so fast! I've been out of touch with the pulswire community for awhile, but am glad to now be reconnected.

Yes, I feel strongly about IVAWA and our responsibly to pass it. I hope my fire came through. :-)

Thank you for organizing such a powerful way to deliver our voices to the White House.

In solidarity and gratitude,
Danielle

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

jadefrank's picture

IVAWA update

Dear Danielle,

Thank you for participating in the IVAWA letter writing campaign and for sharing your voice and your personal testimony with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and members of the US Senate on the urgency of ending violence against women.

We sent copies of your letter in packages, along with your fellow PulseWire members', to these key decision makers, and I am excited to announce that on December 15, the International Violence Against Women Act was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee! Our voices were effective in supporting this bill!

Next step for the bill: Get passed by the Senate and House by the end of the year. I will keep you updated!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade Frank

Online Community Manager
World Pulse

Danielle Prince's picture

wohoo!!!! I knew we could do

wohoo!!!! I knew we could do it! Thank you so much for your organization and activism of this historical event.

Happy Holidays,
Danielle

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou

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