The Week in Washington
Futures Without Violence has been busy in Washington, DC, with three major events and accomplishments in the last week.
Teen Dating Violence Prevention
On Tuesday, February 28, Futures Without Violence was joined by Major League Baseball great Joe Torre and Actress Gabrielle Union at a briefing on Capitol Hill to educate Congress on programs that prevent violence against women and girls by focusing on of teen dating violence and work engaging men and boys. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The briefing was co-sponsored by Jewish Women International, Men Can Stop Rape, and the YWCA, and highlighted the crucial role of programs that teach young people the importance of respect and non-violence in relationships. Also attending the briefing were Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA), Gwen Moore (D-WI) and civil rights legend, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), champions of legislation supported by Futures Without Violence.
Global Impact Awards
Our Global Impact Awards celebrated the contributions of two extraordinary individuals in advancing the health and safety of women and girls globally. We were honored to recognize Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer. The February 23rd event also marked an informative Washington, DC visit for Futures Without Violence’s Board of Directors. In the course of their two-day visit, board members had the opportunity to meet with key leaders who work on gender-based violence issues for the United States Government.
USAID Releases new policy on gender, commits to reducing gender-based violence globally
Futures Director of Public Policy & Advocacy Kiersten Stewart attended the White House event to announce the new policy released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) this week. The event marked the first time in thirty years that the agency has revamped its policy promoting gender equity. Futures Without Violence is thrilled to announce that the reduction of gender-based violence is one of three outcomes outlined in the new policy.
These recent events and accomplishments signify our commitment to advancing policies to prevent and end violence against women and girls globally. Thanks to everyone who came out to show your support, and stay tuned for more updates from the field.