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International Violence Against Women Act Reintroduced with Massive Bipartisan Support!
February 4, 2010
On February 4, 2010 the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) was reintroduced in both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support.
On February 4, 2010, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate with massive bipartisan support. At a Capitol Hill press conference and introduction event, lead sponsors Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representatives Delahunt (D-MA-10), Poe (R-TX-2) and Schakowsky (D-IL-2) spoke alongside Humaira Shahid, a leading women’s rights advocate in Pakistan, and Irene Safi Turner, a leading women’s rights activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Every day around the world a war is waged against women and girls, taking millions of lives and causing terrible suffering. Approximately one out of every three women globally has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. The good news is that violence against women is preventable and that there are proven solutions that work. The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA – H.R. 4594, S. 2982), if passed, would for the first time comprehensively incorporate these solutions into all U.S. foreign assistance programs – solutions such as promoting women’s economic opportunity, addressing violence against girls in school, and working to change public attitudes. Among other things, the IVAWA would make ending violence against women a diplomatic priority for the first time in U.S. history. It would require the U.S. government to respond to critical outbreaks of gender-based violence in armed conflict – such as the mass rapes now occuring in the Democratic Republic of Congo – in a timely manner. And by investing in local women’s organizations overseas that are succesfully working to reduce violence in their communities, the IVAWA would have a huge impact on reducing poverty – empowering millions of women in poor countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.