Senate Supports Funding to Prevent Gender-Based Violence Globally
In a victory for women and girls around the world, the Senate included for the first time this month designated funding to support comprehensive programs to prevent and respond to gender-based violence on a global scale. At least $150 million is allocated in the Senate appropriations bill that funds the State Department and US Agency for International Development to implement the first ever comprehensive gender-based violence strategy.
The creation of the strategy and funding for programs identified by the strategy were core elements of the International Violence Against Women Act, legislation that Futures Without Violence helped create and long championed.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Esta Soler, President and Founder of Futures Without Violence. “ We thank Senator Leahy for his leadership in seeing that real money is put toward ending the horrific violence and abuse experienced by one out of every three of the world’s women.”
Similar language was included in the House of Representatives version of the bill, also passed this spring, however, no specific funds were committed to funding. Futures Without Violence will be working with the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally, which it co-chairs, to push for a final bill that includes funding for programs that help prevent violence provide care and support for victims of violence and abuse.