How to participate
1. Join PulseWire
If you're not already a member, join PulseWire, World Pulse's online community of grassroots women leaders and supporters of women's initiatives from 180 countries.
If you don't wish to join PulseWire, you can also email your letter to email@example.com and we will be sure it is included in the campaign.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Be Published!
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.
Contact Jade Frank, World Pulse Online Community Manager, if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Pass the International Violence Against Women Act
In partnership with Women Thrive Worldwide, World Pulse is asking 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 testimonies 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.
Join us in this campaign and help make I-VAWA a reality. As individuals, our voices have significance, but bound together as a global community of grassroots women leaders, our voices and actions have POWER!
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.
Why is I-VAWA needed?
At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in her lifetime—with the abuser usually someone known to her—ranging from rape to domestic violence and acid burnings to dowry deaths and so-called honor killings.
Gender-based violence is a major cause of death and disability for women aged 15 to 44 years, rating higher than deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents, cancer, and malaria. And the psychological consequences associated with sexual violence and domestic abuse leaves women incredibly vulnerable and jeopardizes the well-being of families, fractures communities, and stalls the economic development of a nation.
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!