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, sexual and psychological 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 raising healthy children, contributing to the household and their community, and creating better lives for themselves and their families.
The International Violence Against Women Act(I-VAWA) would permanently integrate gender-based violence prevention and response into all U.S. government programming overseas operates.
I-VAWA will help turn the one-in-three to none-in-three by making ending violence against women and girls a diplomatic and foreign assistance priority for the United States.
Take action for I-VAWA, you can make a difference!
Below you'll find links that take you to a variety of resources and actions you can take in support of I-VAWA. Women and girls around the world have the right to live free from violence. Make your voice heard. Demand that your Members of Congress commit to ending violence against women and girls across the globe by cosponsoring I-VAWA today!
Download: I-VAWA Activist Toolkit
Learn more: I-VAWA Issue Brief
Learn more: Background information on I-VAWA
Learn more: Frequently asked questions about I-VAWA
Connect: Utilize social media
Take Action: Sign our I-VAWA online action
Take Action: Print and gather signatures on the I-VAWA petition
Take Action: Download the script to call your Members of Congress
Take Action: Send an email about I-VAWA to your networks
Take action: Write a blog post about I-VAWA, here is a sample
Take action: Send an op-ed or letter to the editor of your local paper
Take action: Download the I-VAWA photo action for Tumblr
Take action: Organize an event to raise awareness for I-VAWA