Urge Congress to support the International Violence Against Women Act
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.
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:
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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