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The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) is the first comprehensive piece of legislation in the United States aimed at ending violence against women and girls around the world.

It would improve our government's response when women are victims of sex trafficking and rape during war and would provide aid to women's groups on the ground working to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It would focus resources on prevention and ensure that dollars are used in the most effective ways possible. In some countries, it truly could mean the difference between life and death for a woman or girl.

We are asking that Members of Congress cosponsor this important piece of legislation.


Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act. Approximately one out of every three women globally has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Rates of domestic violence are reportedly as high as 70 percent in some countries. Violence committed predominantly against women takes many forms, including rape, female genital cutting, domestic violence, acid burning, dowry related deaths and other harmful practices. Violence against women is a global health crisis, human rights violation, and moral outrage that contributes to instability and insecurity throughout our world.

I am asking you, my Senator/Representative, to co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) and take action to end the abuse.

The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) supports innovative programs that have been shown to be effective in decreasing acts of violence. It works to help survivors of physical and sexual abuse, hold perpetrators accountable and put in place campaigns that help prevent violence in the first place. Many of these programs help women and girls do things we so often take for granted: go to school, earn an income or get food for their families without fear of being raped or beaten. The I-VAWA will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of existing U.S. foreign policy to end violence against women and enhance our ability to stop the suffering.

In a world where tensions and violence within communities can jeopardize national and international security, it is critical that the United States take action to end atrocities committed against women and girls in their homes and in their communities, during times of peace and times of conflict.

The International Violence Against Women Act provides the United States with an opportunity to effectively address this problem and stop the violence around the world. Please make a difference in the lives of millions of women and girls and co-sponsor this important bill.

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