Friday, June 15, 2007
Act now to stop violence against women
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The fight against poverty can't be won alone.
Please join me in speaking out now about the important issues below.
1)Act now to stop violence against women.
Gender-related violence is a daily, and often deadly, fact of life for millions of women and girls around the world. One in three of the world’s women will experience violence in her lifetime – whether she is attacked on the street, in the workplace, in the home or during times of war and armed conflict.
Now is the time to take action against the acts of violence perpetrated daily against women around the globe. As a world leader, the United States must take a stand!
Ask your members of Congress to support legislation to increase the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women.
As a constituent and supporter of CARE, I am writing to ask for your support in the global fight to stop violence against women.
One in three of the world's women will experience violence in her lifetime. This systemic abuse presents an enormous barrier to the advancement of women, limiting a woman's ability to live a full and productive life and hampering her potential contributions to family, society and economic development.
In the coming weeks, Congress will introduce the International Violence Against Women Act. This bill will seek to increase the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women globally. It will integrate policies that help prevent and reduce gender-based violence into existing U.S. foreign assistance and development programs.
I urge you to learn more about this issue and support legislation to help stop global violence against women!
Thank you very much for your time and attention and please support any and all efforts to eliminate violence against women worldwide.
What's At Stake?
Act now to stop violence against women
Gender-based violence is a problem of epidemic proportions that has far-reaching consequences. Violence against women is linked to some of the world's greatest development and human rights challenges, including poverty, conflict, HIV and global health.
Violence against women is a human rights violation that has devastating impacts on the health of women and impedes a woman's right to equality, development, security and peace.
The terms "violence against women" and "gender-based violence" are used to refer to a range of abuses committed against women that stem from gender inequality and women's subordinate status in society relative to men. In 1993, the U.N. Vienna Declaration and Program of Action defined "violence against women" as "any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life."
Throughout the world, violence against women and girls is perpetrated within marriage and families by husbands, intimate partners and relatives; within communities by strangers and traditional leaders; in the workplace; across international borders as women are trafficked for sex and labor; and as a tool of war by military forces.
Gender-based violence is a barrier to women's economic and social development and is a widespread international public health issue. Violence and coercion can result in serious injury, death or illness, and contribute to unintended pregnancy, complications of pregnancy and childbirth, maternal mortality, unsafe abortion, HIV infection, child and infant mortality and a host of other adverse outcomes. Violence against women also undermines efforts to improve child, family, and community health and reduce the spread of HIV.
Although the picture is bleak, there are steps we can take to find a solution. As a global leader, the United States must continue to invest in a world where women feel safe in their homes, on the streets and at their jobs. This will enable them to build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Countries can take critical steps in ending violence against women by improving women's status in society, enforcing laws to protect women and prosecute perpetrators, and offering treatment for women. The United States can take critical steps in ending violence against women by:
Increasing women's economic empowerment and education
Increasing women's access to health care
Improving security in humanitarian and crisis situations
Promoting legal reforms and social norms to better address gender-based violence
U.S. investments to help reduce violence against women can create safer, more stable communities and improve the quality of life for women and their families worldwide!
In the coming weeks, Congress is expected to introduce the "International Violence Against Women Act." This bill will seek to increase the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women globally by integrating policies that help prevent and reduce gender-based violence into existing U.S. foreign assistance and development programs.
Urge your member of Congress to learn more about this issue and support legislation to help stop global violence against women!
Send this message to:
Representative Frank Wolf
Senator Jim Webb
Senator John Warner
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