In her lifetime, approximately one in three women around the world will suffer violence simply because she is a woman. Sex trafficking, rape during times of war, and domestic violence are destructive forces not just for women, but for entire communities. This cannot continue.
The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) (H.R. 4594) is the first comprehensive piece of legislation in the United States that can help address this scourge against women. This legislation is vital to the work that Oxfam does in many places around the world, including the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a recent report released by Oxfam, the devastating effects of rape on women and communities was shown to be widespread throughout eastern Congo.
Please ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation. In many cases, it could mean the difference between life and death for a woman or girl.
In her lifetime, one in three women globally will suffer from the first-hand effects of violence. This violence against women is a global health crisis and human rights violation that contributes directly to instability and insecurity throughout our world.
I am asking you to take a stand for women. Please co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) and help women around the world lead safer lives.
The I-VAWA would improve our government's ability to respond to systemic violence against women, while providing aid to women's groups on the ground working to help survivors. It will support innovative programs that decrease acts of violence, and it will increase the efficacy of existing U.S. foreign policy to end violence against women. It would focus resources on prevention and ensure that dollars are used in the most effective ways possible.
The I-VAWA provides the United States with an opportunity to stand up for women around the world. Please make a difference in the lives of millions of women and girls and co-sponsor this important bill.