Gender-based Violence - A Critical Human Rights Challenge for the Next President

Futures Without Violence joined twenty one other human rights organizations in urging the next President of the United States to make combating gender-based violence a U.S. policy priority. The group, led by Freedom House, drafted Ten Critical Human Rights Challenges for the Next American President.

As Mark Lagon, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State under President George W. Bush, and Andrea Gittleman, Senior Legislative Counsel at Physicians for Human Right, said in their Huffington Post blog, “With concerted efforts by the U.S. government, international civil society, and local activists, real progress can be made in helping victims of sexual violence, and just as important, working to combat the institutional and social factors that can lead to such atrocities.”

In citing the need to address gender-based violence, the recommendations note: “Sexual and gender-based violence is a worldwide scourge that exists in myriad forms - in rape and other sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, acid attacks, so-called honor killings, forced marriage, and domestic violence. The harms from sexual and gender-based violence are serious and complex and include physical and mental trauma, disease, and a breakdown of stable social structures.”

Futures, which successfully advocated for the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally, continues to push for its implementation so that U.S. policy and programs reach the women and girls who need it most.

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