Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Put an end to violence against women and girls worldwide
The epidemic of violence against women and girls is consistently a pervasive issue in our global society. One-in-three women will be the victim of mental, physical, and/or sexual abuse in her lifetime. This violence knows no bounds of cultural, geographical, or social background. In some countries, up to 70% of women will fall victim to gender violence.
The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) would make it a top diplomatic priority for the U.S. to help end violence against women and girls worldwide. Specifically, I-VAWA would help build the validity of women’s non-governmental organizations that work to address the issues of violence against women. Additionally, Passing this bill would help to relieve poverty and build resources in foreign assistance by investing in women.
In many instances, men are not punished for their acts of violence. I-VAWA would ensure protection for the victims and a proper trial and punishment for the perpetrators. There are innumerable benefits that could be actualized by the passing of this act, but U.S. Congress has yet to do so.
By signing the petition below, you are urging U.S. congress to see the importance of the International Violence Against Women Act, and showing your support for the passing of this act.
Dear U.S. Congress,
One-in-three women and girls will fall victim to gender violence in their lifetime, and this statistic is true worldwide. The epidemic of global violence against women is truly only getting worse as the years progress. Many women in other countries have neither the resources nor opportunities to seek help under abusive circumstances.
By passing the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) it will become a top diplomatic priority for the U.S. to aid in ending violence against women and girls internationally. Monetary funds will be allocated to the proper institutions to ensure safety, protection, and justice for these victims.
By passing this bill, the U.S. government will be enabled to develop more efficient and immediate responses to violent acts against women in conflict-resolution situations. The Office of Global Women’s Issues will be permanently authorized in the State Department with proper funding to promote and empower women and girls that are victims to gender violence.
I am urging you to pass the International Violence Against Women Act, for it is extremely important that every being have the right to live free from fear of violence whether or not they are a citizen of the United States of America.
[Your Name Here]
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