VICTORY: The House voted in favor of the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) - the version that includes key protections for the LGBTQ community, Native American women and immigrant women. With many organizations, activists and legislators championing this cause, this success is surely part of a larger, more collaborative victory, but the more than 3,000 Change.org members that urged the U.S. House of Representatives that all women deserve to be protected from violence, surely had an impact.
On Feb. 12, 2013, the Senate, with a huge majority - 78 to 22 - passed a version of the Violence Against Women Act that includes protections for members of the LGBTQ community, immigrant women and Native American women. Now it goes to the House of Representatives, where the minority leaders have introduced their own bill that strips some of these protections. Women’s lives are at stake.
Together, we must make sure that all women are protected from violence. Stop playing politics with women’s lives. No more delays! The bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act must pass.