Jun 7, 2012
CONTACT Marsha Robertson

Futures Without Violence Applauds Re-Introduction of International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)

Reps. Schakowsky, Berman, and Lowey Support Bill That Establishes Comprehensive Strategy to Combat Violence Against Women and Girls Worldwide

Washington, D.C. -- Futures Without Violence President and Founder Esta Soler today hailed the re-introduction of legislation which would establish a comprehensive, five-year strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls around the world. The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), H.R. 5905, which was first championed in 2007 by then-Senator Joe Biden, was re-introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Howard Berman (D-CA), and Nita Lowey (D-NY) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I-VAWA is a landmark piece of legislation that aims to put an end to an unspoken global scourge – the killing, beating, and abuse of innocent women and girls," said Ms. Soler. "I applaud Representatives Schakowsky, Berman and Lowey for their unwavering support and activism on behalf of the millions of victims globally.”

According to estimates by the United Nations, one out of every three women worldwide will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with rates as high as 70 percent in some countries. I-VAWA addresses these alarming statistics by providing preventative and response measures such as: education and economic opportunities, social norm change campaigns, health and support services for survivors, and legal and judicial training programs that seek accountability.

Engaging men and boys as allies in the battle against gender-based violence is a key tenant of the bill – and one for which Futures has strongly advocated – that would also fund local community-based organizations that are working to end violence in their own nations.

Futures Without Violence co-chairs the Coalition to End Violence against Women and Girls Globally along with Amnesty International USA and Women Thrive Worldwide. More than 200 violence prevention, humanitarian, faith-based, human rights, refugee, and women’s organizations support the International Violence Against Women Act.

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