International Violence Against Women Act –


Violence against women is a horrific and pervasive human rights crisis that demands our response. Far too many women and girls around the world fall prey to traffickers, are attacked as they attend school, endure violence in the home, or are raped as a weapon of war.  At least one out of every three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime—with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries.

On November 21, 2013, The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was re-introduced in the House by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), with bipartisan support from Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Chris Gibson (R-NY).

I-VAWA calls for a comprehensive U.S. response to end violence against women and girls globally by:

  • Directing the Department of State and USAID to develop a comprehensive multi-sectoral strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence;

  • Integrating efforts to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls as part of U.S. foreign assistance programs including health, education, economic growth, legal reform, political participation, social norm change, humanitarian assistance, and foreign security training, among others;

  • Supporting overseas non-governmental and community-based organizations working to end violence against women and girls; and,

  • Ensuring uniform data collection and accountability measures are in place to track investments in programs that address gender-based violence.

Visit Futures Without Violence and please urge your Members of Congress to pass I-VAWA today!

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