International

Winners of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards Announced

We’re thrilled to announce the grantees of the 2014 Avon Communications Awards! The awards recognize organizations worldwide whose strategic communications tools are changing our communities, institutions, policies, and behaviors to prevent and eliminate violence against women and children. View the  full list of grantees and finalists here!

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International Violence Against Women Act Re-introduced in House!

Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL) has re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) in the House, with bipartisan support from Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Chris Gibson (R-NY).

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2013 Open Square Summit

Last week, we held our first Open Square Summit in Washington, D.C! The theme of the Summit, Communications for Change, explored how communications strategies and new technologies can help prevent and end gender-based violence globally. For a full recap of the event, check out the press release.

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House Reintroduces Women, Peace and Security Act

Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Mike Honda (CA-17), and Niki Tsongas (MA-03) reintroduced H.R. 2874 the Women, Peace, and Security Act

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Introducing the Communications X-Change

In honor of 16 Days of Activism, we’re saluting organizations and activists throughout the world who are finding innovative ways to prevent violence against women and children. This year, we’re focusing on the groundbreaking ways that organizations are harnessing the power of communications to educate the public, challenge stereotypes and beliefs, and ultimately facilitate social norm change.

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Dear Office of Management and Budget: Fund Gender-based Violence Programs

Futures Without Violence is proud to report that the past year has shown exciting commitments by the U.S. government to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls internationally

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Gender-based Violence is Key Element of USAID Youth Policy

Futures Without Violence applauds the inclusion of gender-based violence prevention and response in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) first-ever Policy on Youth in Development

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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.

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Futures Celebrates International Day of the Girl

Futures Celebrates International Day of the Girl

We applaud the United Nations for recognizing the value of girls and declaring October 11th the first-ever International Day of the Girl. [more...]

President Obama Addresses Human Trafficking

President Obama Addresses Human Trafficking

President Obama delivered a moving speech before the Global Clinton Initiative in New York, vowing to crack down on the widespread practice of human trafficking and calling it, “one of the greatest human rights causes of our time.” While the President’s remarks and initiatives have helped shed light on human trafficking, we have been working to combat this deplorable form of gender-based violence for decades. Futures Without Violence advocated for the passage of both the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the International Violence Against Women Act—two crucial pieces of legislation that protect victims of human trafficking.

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Futures Celebrates Half the Sky Movement

In 2009, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to write about what they call the central moral challenge of our time – the oppression of women and girls around the globe. The resulting best-selling book, Half the Sky, highlights efforts of activists and advocates around the world who are working to promote gender equality and justice. [more...]

Updated: International Campaign Accomplishments

On August 10, 2012, the Obama Administration unveiled a United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally (Strategy), the first of its kind in U.S. history and a monumental victory for women and girls around the world. The White House also released an Executive Order to accompany the Strategy, putting the force of law behind its implementation. The Strategy was an integral part of Futures Without Violence’s Five-Part Action Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally. To learn more about our action plan and see how far we have come in our goal to one day end gender-based violence, take a look at our action plan.

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White House Order: Global Violence Against Women & Girls is Big News

White House Order: Global Violence Against Women & Girls is Big News

Futures Without Violence President Esta Soler today welcomed The White House Executive Order on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally.

“This is a historic moment. The United States is making a commitment at the highest level of our government to launch a strategic, multi-agency effort to end violence against women and girls globally. The White House today made clear that violence against women and girls is not only an immoral and repugnant scourge, but also an obstacle to fulfilling our nation’s top international priorities for fostering greater security, democracy, and economic development globally. It recognizes that ending violence against women and girls is an achievable goal and requires a concerted, multi-sectoral approach.”

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International VAWA (I-VAWA) Reintroduced

International VAWA (I-VAWA) Reintroduced

The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA), legislation that would establish a comprehensive, five-year strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls around the world, was introduced today. The bill, H.R. 5905, 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. [more...]

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. [more...]

Gender-based Violence Key Outcome of USAID Gender Policy

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new policy on gender equality and female empowerment this week. Futures Without Violence is thrilled to report that the reduction of gender-based violence is one of three key outcomes outlined in the policy, along with reduction in gender disparity and enhancement of women’s capacity. [more...]

Teaming up with Avon Foundation for The Communications X-Change

Futures Without Violence will work with the Avon Foundation for Women to create The Communications X-Change, the first interactive global hub for international communications materials that will promote efforts to end domestic and gender-based violence around the world, it was announced this week by Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung. [more...]

Creating Futures Without Violence Worldwide

Ending violence against women is essential if we are to live peacefully together and bring development, health, and prosperity to nations and communities around the globe. Learn more about the ways Futures Without Violence is working to end and prevent violence against women and children worldwide. [more...]