Lobby Your State Government to Support the International Violence Against Women Act
Introduced on October 31, 2007, the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA, S. 2279) is a historic and unprecedented effort by the United States to address violence against women throughout the world. Some key elements include:
* I-VAWA would make ending violence against women a diplomatic priority for the United States and create the first high-level position in the U.S. Department of State to coordinate efforts to combat violence against women.
* I-VAWA will also ensure that the U.S. is able to develop emergency measures in a timely fashion to respond to critical outbreaks of violence against women, such as to address the mass rapes occurring in armed conflict zones.
* I-VAWA recommends allocating more than $1 billion over 5 years in U.S. assistance to support international programs that prevent and respond to violence, including health programs and survivor services, legal reforms, public awareness campaigns, women’s economic opportunity projects and education, and activities to better address violence against women in humanitarian situations.
* I-VAWA will incorporates training, protection, and services for women and girls across a range of situations, from the fight against HIV/AIDS, to school and health clinics, to court systems, to workplaces, to refugee camps. It also supports the efforts of local women’s groups overseas that are already working to end violence against women in their countries.
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