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I-VAWA : Dear Mr. President...

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Dear Mr. President and Secretary Clinton,

How is the view of the garden from the windows of the White House? I see lilies, green peppers, and sweet alyssum from mine and a wild rose bush full of finches. When women, if they have them, look out of windows across the world, their views are much different. Often the societies they live in thrive off of their inferiority.

I ask you to consider the realities of our history and current issues when I-AWA is placed in your hands. Although we have come a long way, even our fight for equal civil rights and protection for all is long from over. We may not be able to solve the problems of the world in one term or one generation, but our actions can be a springboard for global change. Just as you promote diversity, we, as a nation, must remember our history and with a committed sense of empathy move forward.

I do not know about you, but I dream of my children living in a country that values the freedom, well-being, and education of women everywhere. What value do we truly place on our own if we are not global advocates? As the sun shines on my petunias and your marigolds, women are suffering globally from violence and the way in which this violence is manifested falls along a broad spectrum – from rape and honor killings to denial of education and support. What beauty of life do we uphold while so many perish before embracing the right to even bloom?

I am a witness and as a witness I cannot turn away. I have watched women rise in my own state and country when offered the chance to thrive, given resources and opportunities, and taught the importance of self-value. I have worked intimately in my own community with women transitioning from domestic crisis and imprisonment to changed lives – their stories of abuse and silence compel me daily to be an advocate and mentor for young girls here and everywhere. I am aware of the transformation through education and support that has changed my life and can transform entire communities and countries.

If we could close our eyes and think of only the women in our lives…of everything we wish for them from healthy self-image, positive self-worth, education, empowerment, opportunity, equality, safety, and nourishment – then why, when we open them, can we not extend our vision to women everywhere in the world?

With Urgency,
Melissa Tramuta
Mesa, Arizona
United States

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Amei's picture

This is so beautiful :-)

I loved they way you have expressed. It was gentle yet stirring. Even though I do not respond to your post. I read them with admiration. This time could not move on with out saying how beautiful it is for me.

Thank you
Amei

jadefrank's picture

IVAWA update

Dear Mei Li,

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
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