Support I-VAWA

Support IVAWA
Did you know...
  • One in three women throughout the world will be a victim of abuse in her lifetime.
  • During conflict, rape is often used as a tool of war.
  • In some countries, one-third of women report that their first sexual experience was forced.
  • Violence against women takes many forms including rape, female genital cutting, domestic violence, acid burning, dowry deaths, honor killings and other harmful practices.  It is a global health crisis, human rights violation, and moral outrage that contributes to instability and insecurity throughout our world.
The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, H.R. 4594, S. 2982) was re-introduced in the 111th Congress by bipartisan teams in the House and the Senate on February 4th, 2010. In the House, the bill  was introduced by Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on Europe and Representative Ted Poe (R-TX), Co-chair of the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus.  In the Senate, the bill was introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senators Boxer (D-CA), Collins (R-ME) and Snowe (R-ME). An event to mark introduction took place at the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building.  
UN Women - US National Committee is joining Amnesty International USA, Women Thrive Worldwide and Family Violence Prevention Fund in support of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA).
This bill supports preventive efforts such as economic and education opportunity programs to ensure that women avoid becoming a victim of abuse. It supports intervention services such as healthcare for women who have contracted HIV/AIDS as a result of being raped. It authorizes the training of US and foreign military so that they are better trained on how to protect women from violence. It provides support to local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who are already fighting violence against women.
Write a letter today urging your Senators and Representatives to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA, H.R. 4594, S. 2982).