Action Alert: Support the International Violence Against Women Act!
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky has recently re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) in the House of Representatives, and Senate action is anticipated in the coming weeks. I-VAWA is legislation that will support on-the-ground efforts around the world to reduce violence against women and girls.
Please take a moment to ask your Members of Congress to support this important bill!
The numbers are staggering:
- More than 70 percent of women in some countries will experience violence in their lifetimes.
- Each year, roughly 3 million girls and women—or some 8,000 girls each day—face the risk of female genital mutilation or cutting. An estimated 130 million to 140 million girls and women have already undergone the practice.
- In some countries, as many as 30 percent of women report that their first sexual experience was coerced or forced. The younger a woman was at the time of sexual initiation, the higher the chance that it was violent.
Fortunately, you and I can help make the world safer for women and girls.
The International Violence Against Women Act would provide essential support for proven strategies to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. And it would bolster the efforts of women and men around the world who are working to reduce gender-based violence in their communities.
Gender-based violence is a global problem, but you and I can play a special role in making the world a safer place for women and girls.
Please take action now and help support passage of the International Violence Against Women Act.