From: The Honorable Michael M. Honda
Sent By:
helen.beaudreau@mail.house.gov

Date: 9/26/2016

Be an Original Cosponsor to the Resolution to Recognize International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Supported by: Futures Without Violence, CARE USA, Amnesty International USA, Vital Voice, Solidarity Center

Deadline: Wednesday, 9/28 at NOON

Dear Colleague:

This November 25, 2016 is recognized as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.” Time and time again, in periods of conflict and natural disaster,
the most unspeakable cruelties are inflicted on the bodies of women and girls. Whether in the home, workplace or in conflict zones; whether by intimate partners or soldiers – violence against women and girls is an ongoing cycle and threat which must be eliminated.

Violence against women and girls are public health issues and egregious violations of human rights. The facts are startling.
•    Worldwide, 35 percent of women have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
•    One in three women who have been in a relationship report they have experienced some form of physical, sexual, or other form of violence by their intimate partner.
•    120 million girls worldwide have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives.

This must stop. Once and for all.

Please join me in supporting the ideals and goals of the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,” which is recognized on November 25, 2016. The resolution
also encourages the President to:
•    address the needs of women and girls experiencing violence worldwide through funding for inclusive, integrated, and participatory survivor-led programs;
•    prioritize protections for women and children in fragile and conflict zones and in humanitarian responses;
•    address increased rates of violence against marginalized women due to race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexual identity, and socioeconomic status;
•    increase women’s and girls’ opportunities worldwide including opportunities for quality education and economic participation;
•    integrate the priorities and solutions of women and girls living in poverty in the prevention and response to sexual violence; and
•    issue a proclamation to the people of the United States to observe the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”.

To cosponsor or for any questions, please contact my staff, Helen Beaudreau (x52361) at

helen.beaudreau@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

/s

Michael M. Honda
Member of Congress