Combat Gender-Based Violence

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In honor of International Women’s Day, the ELCA joins communities around the world to celebrate the progress we have made together in improving the social and economic status of women and girls. However, violence and discrimination based on gender continue to afflict many families and societies—both here at home and around the world.

Globally, an estimated 1 in 3 women will experience physical, sexual and psychological abuse in their lifetime. At its core, this global epidemic is fueled by traditions, beliefs, and practices that view women less-than-equal to men. On a larger scale, these acts have led to creation of systems that infringe on the rights of women. Women and girls in developing countries experience particularly high rates of gender-based violence. Some of this violence is perpetuated in the form of battery, honor killings, rape, trafficking, and female genital cutting.

The U.S. government can play a critical role in combating violence against women and girls around the world. To that end, a bipartisan group of senators are currently working to re-introduce the International Violence against Women Act (I-VAWA), a bill that was also introduced last year but failed to pass in Congress. I-VAWA seeks to increase legal protections, victims’ access to healthcare, and develop economic and educational opportunities for women and girls globally.

Please ask your Senators to support the International Violence Against Women Act today!

On this International Women's Day, we also invite you to celebrate with us by supporting International Women Leaders! Here’s how you can help:


  • Your Senators


Dear [Decision Maker],

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


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