One-in-three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime, with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries.
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict. It includes physical and sexual violence, and harmful practices such as rape, "honor killings", female genital cutting, and human trafficking.
Violence against women and girls is the definition of a cross-cutting issue that affects women's abilities to access the full spectrum of their human rights, such as accessing health care, employment, and education.
Violence against women and girls destabilizes countries, impedes economic progress, and prevents women from contributing to their community, and creating better lives for themselves and their families.
The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would efficiently integrate gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into all U.S. government programming overseas by ensuring the U.S. has a strategy in place to do so, making ending violence against women and girls a diplomatic and foreign assistance priority for the United States.
Take action for IVAWA, you can make a difference!
Below you'll find links that give you a variety of resources and actions you can take in support of IVAWA. Women and girls around the world have the right to live free from violence. Make your voice heard and demand that your Members of Congress commit to ending violence against women and girls across the globe by cosponsoring IVAWA today!
Download: IVAWA Activist Toolkit
Learn more: IVAWA Issue Brief
Learn more: Background information on violence against women
Learn more: Frequently asked questions about IVAWA
Connect: Utilize social media to spread the word about IVAWA
Take Action: Sign our IVAWA online action
Take Action: Print and gather signatures on the IVAWA petition
Take Action: Download the script to call your Members of Congress
Take Action: Send an email about IVAWA to your networks
Take action: Write a blog post about IVAWA, here is a sample
Take action: Send an op-ed or letter to the editor of your local paper
Take action: Download the IVAWA photo action for Tumblr
Take action: Organize an event to raise awareness for IVAWA