Dec 14, 2010
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Progress in Stopping Violence Against Women Worldwide

Domestic Violence Leader Praises Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Advancing the International Violence Against Women Act

Statement of Esta Soler, Family Violence Prevention Fund President:

“Every day brings chilling reminders of the brutal violence faced by women and girls around the world – from women being beaten by husbands, to schoolgirls being burned with acid, to refugees being forced to trade sex for food, to rape being used as a weapon of war, and more. Today, the Senate Foreign Relations committee took a badly needed step to stop this violence by passing the International Violence Against Women Act. We need both the Senate and the House to bring this legislation to a very quick vote, so President Obama can sign this critical legislation into law this year.

There is no time to waste. The United Nations estimates that one in three women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. The International Violence Against Women Act will help survivors of this violence, address international sex trafficking and rape as a weapon of war, enhance efforts to bring perpetrators to justice, prevent deaths from HIV/AIDS and childbirth, and expand opportunities for women. It will promote stability, development and peace. It will make a difference for women and girls right away in places like Haiti, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and over time around the world.

It’s time – past time – to make stopping violence against women and girls worldwide a priority in America’s diplomacy and foreign aid.

We thank Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for their continuing work to pass this critical legislation. There is too much at stake, for our country and the world, to wait.”

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