United States: Pass the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)

U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky has just re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) in the House and Senate action is anticipated in the coming weeks. Please take action to call on your Members of Congress to support the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) that will reinforce on-the-ground efforts around the world to reduce violence against women and girls.

Passing the I-VAWA would integrate violence prevention and response into US foreign policy and support proven programs that can reduce violence against women and girls. The I-VAWA directs the U.S. government to:

  • Permanently authorize the Office of Global Women’s Issues in the State Department as well as the position of Ambassador-at-Large for Women’s Issues
  • Implement the first ever U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence in at least 5 countries where it is severe.  
  • Enhance data collection and transparency of results that ensure accountability and the continued use of best practices.
  • Support health programs and survivor services and encourage legal and judicial protections.
  • Promote access to economic opportunity projects and education.
  • Address violence against women and girls in humanitarian situations.
  • Support and build-capacity for local women’s organizations already working to stop violence against women and girls.

The I-VAWA focuses on establishing and supporting laws and legal structures that help prevent and appropriately respond to all forms of violence against women and girls; preventing violence by changing community norms and attitudes; and reducing women and girls’ vulnerability to violence by improving their economic and educational opportunities in environments that are free from sexual coercion and assault.

The I-VAWA 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 eliminate gender-based violence in their communities.

Gender-based violence is a global problem, but you can play a role in making the world a safer place for women and girls. Take Action now and help support the I-VAWA.

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