31 Days of Action: Support the International Violence Against Women Act

July 15, 2010

Amnesty International and partner organizations are taking part in the 31 Days of Action campaign during the month of July to shore up support in Congress for the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).

Violence against women and girls represents a global health, economic development, and human rights problem. At least one out of every three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with rates of domestic violence reaching 70% in some countries.

The International Violence Against Women Act is an unprecedented effort by the United States to address violence against women globally.

The United States has a valuable opportunity to raise the issue of women’s rights in its diplomatic work. Finally, we can work together to end the suffering of millions of women and girls.

Please join us this month as we urge members of Congress to support IVAWA.  We’ll be asking our supporters to send targeted messages throughout the month to key legislators via Facebook and Twitter (@amnesty) so please follow us there for details!