Violence against women and girls is one of the world's most pervasive human rights abuses with one out of every three women experiencing violence during her lifetime, affecting women's ability to access the full spectrum of their human rights. Violence is a security threat that destabilizes countries, is a hindrance to U.S. foreign assistance efforts, impedes economic progress, and prevents women from creating better lives for themselves and their families.
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The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would make certain such a strategy remains in place and enabling Congressional oversight of it. The bill would ensure a continuation of efforts to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of ongoing U.S. government diplomatic and foreign assistance initiatives to stop the global crisis of violence. All without requiring any additional funding.
By supporting health, legal, economic, social, law enforcement, education and humanitarian assistance sectors and incorporating violence prevention and response into such programs, IVAWA is designed to give support and protection to survivors of violence, hold perpetrators accountable, and bolster efforts to change public attitudes that support or condone violence.
IVAWA contains best practice provisions for preventing and responding to violence against women during times of peace and times of conflict. By incorporating gender-based violence awareness and prevention into foreign assistance programs that currently exist, the bill would help prevent violence from happening in the first place and ensure programs are in place to properly respond when it does.
Last Congress, IVAWA had strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, and your support for IVAWA is more important than ever before.
Women and girls around the world have the right to live free from fear and harm. These women cannot wait. Please commit to the protection of ALL women. Support the International Violence Against Women Act by cosponsoring it today!