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Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Janice D. Schakowsky
Sent By:
Osaremen.Okolo@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

BECOME AN ORIGINAL COSPONSOR of the International Violence Against Women Act

Endorsements: Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls; Amnesty International USA; Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities; Center for Victims of Torture; Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues;
Dining for Women; Equality Now; Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Futures Without Violence; Gender Action; Global Rights for Women; Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation; Guttmacher Institute; Heartland Alliance International;
International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law; International Center for Research on Women (ICRW); International Women’s Health Coalition; Islamic Relief USA; Jewish Women International; Jewish World Watch; League of Women Voters of the United States;
Mercy Corps; National Association of Social Workers; National Democratic Institute For International Affairs; National Organization for Women; North American MenEngage Network; Oxfam; PAI; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Population Institute; Population
Media Center; Project Concern International (PCI); Promundo-US; Shadhika; Smash Strategies; The Hunger Project; Too Young to Wed; Union for Reform Judaism; Vital Voices Global Partnership; Women for Afghan Women; Women Graduates USA; Women of Reform Judaism;
Women Watch Afrika Inc.; YWCA USA

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) of 2019.
Combating gender-based violence is a critical step toward promoting the human rights and dignity of all individuals as well as regional and global stability.

Violence against women is a global epidemic. According the World Health Organization, 1 in 3 women around the world has experienced physical and/or sexual violence during her life. There are no social, geographic, economic, religious, or cultural boundaries
to violence against women and girls. Women and girls experience violence in both public and private settings, including in the home, often at the hands of intimate partners, in schools, in workplaces, and in public spaces. Addressing violence against women
and girls improves not only their health and wellbeing but also social and economic outcomes.

Furthermore, the United Nations estimates that 132 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2019 as a result of conflict and natural disasters. Gender-based violence, particularly against women and girls, is greatly exacerbated
in humanitarian emergencies. Furthermore, the Trump Administration’s efforts to gut foreign assistance and humanitarian aid around the world have only made matters worse.

IVAWA codifies a comprehensive plan for U.S. efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence around the world. The bill:

  • Permanently establishes the Office of Global Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State to develop and implement a cohesive, cross-agency effort to advance the status of women and girls globally. The Office does this by offering guidance in
    diplomacy; providing support and resources for programs that advance the status of women and girls globally; and serving as a subject-matter expert through policy guidance.
  • Codifies the Obama Administration’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy to ensure that victims and survivors of gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices around the world have better access to services, protection, and the justice they
    deserve.
  • Updates and enhances emergency response mechanisms for outbreaks of violence against women and girls abroad.
  • Ensures that gender-based violence prevention and response are included in all U.S. humanitarian efforts.
  • Does not authorize new spending and instead focuses current resources more efficiently and effectively.

Over the past two years, people in the United States and around the world have said “time’s up” to gender-based discrimination and violence. IVAWA advances progress toward a future with less gender-based violence and greater equality around the world.

To cosponsor before introduction on November 25, 2019 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women), please fill out
this form. For more information, please contact Osaremen Okolo at
Osaremen.Okolo@mail.house.gov or 5-2111.

 

Sincerely,

JAN SCHAKOWSKY

Member of Congress

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