USA: Amnesty International Lobby Day on Capitol Hill Focused on Global Violence Against Women
The International Violence Against Women Act (S.2279) creates the first comprehensive, integrated approach to addressing violence globally and will help achieve U.S. foreign policy goals of defeating terrorism, creating prosperity and ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. AIUSA, Family Violence Prevention Fund and Women Thrive Worldwide collected input from 40 international and 150 U.S.-based groups with relevant expertise.
Violence against women and girls is a tremendous human rights problem around the world. It includes rape, domestic violence, mass rapes during wartime, acid burning, dowry deaths, so-called "honor killings," human trafficking, female genital cutting and more. The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that up to one in three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries, according to the World Health Organization.
"Violence destabilizes countries, impedes economic progress, and
prevents women from raising healthy children," said Cox. "The U.S.
government's current efforts are well-intentioned but fragmented and
piecemeal. The International Violence Against Women Act raises the issue to the forefront of the foreign policy agenda and will help prevent devastating consequences for women and their families."
Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), Chairman and Ranking Republican of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have authored the bipartisan bill, and a dozen senators have co-sponsored it. Amnesty International is campaigning for introduction of the bill in the House.
WHO: 200 Amnesty International USA activists
WHAT: Amnesty International USA Lobby Day on the International Violence Against Women Act
WHERE: Senate and House offices, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2008
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