The reality of violence against women is sobering: One in three women will be the victim of violence in her lifetime. Girls are at increased risk for abuse, trafficking and rape, especially in conflict zones.
But today, Congress has a chance to fight this gender-based violence. The House is considering The International Violence Against Women Act (HR 4594, S 2982), which would define a strategic foreign policy approach to combating violence against women and girls, including supporting programs to help victims.
It's an amazing chance for girls around the world. But we need your help to get it passed.
Please, take a moment right now and urge your Congressional leaders to support the International Violence Against Women Act.
But right now, Congressional leaders like you have a chance to fight this gender-based violence. And that’s why I’m writing you today.
I am urging you to help pass The International Violence Against Women Act, which would define a strategic foreign policy approach to combating violence against women and girls, including supporting programs to help victims.
This bill would help women and girls around the world by promoting programs that:
-Address violence against women and girls comprehensively, by supporting health, legal, economic, social, and humanitarian assistance sectors and incorporating violence prevention and response best practices into these programs.
-Help alleviate poverty and increase the effectiveness of foreign assistance programs by ensuring they meet then needs of both women and men.
-Support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and prevent violence.
It’s shocking and disturbing that in 2010, it can still be so dangerous to be born a girl.
Please do your part to fight violence against women by supporting the International Violence Against Women Act (HR 4594, S 2982) and helping pass this legislation.
Thank you for your time and attention on this urgent matter.