Stop Violence Against Women

Violence against women and girls has devastating consequences across the globe. Nearly one billion women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during their lifetimes, whether at the hands of family members, government security forces or armed rebels. From Sudan to Haiti, many AJWS partners across continents witness this brutal reality in their communities every day.

Although there are many international, national and regional efforts in place to combat violence against women, these efforts are piecemeal and uncoordinated. Finally, after decades of silence and inaction, there is a bill that will bolster and coordinate U.S. efforts to end violence against women across the globe: the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA, H.R. 4594, S. 2982).

But time is running out! Congress must move quickly to pass I-VAWA before they adjourn for the year.

Can you call your member of Congress to tell them to pass I-VAWA?

Please call the D.C. office of your member of Congress.

To find your elected officials, please enter your zip code. If you live in a split district, you may need to enter your full address.

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Sample script:

My name is [First Name] [Last Name] and I am a constituent living in [City], [State].

Please tell Representative/Senator ____________ that I support the International Violence Against Women Act and hope that it passes before Congress adjourns this year.”

“I support the bill because:

  • Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation occurring globally.
  • At least one in every three women globally has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
  • The International Violence Against Women Act supports measures to prevent violence, protect survivors and bring perpetrators to justice.”
“Thank you for your time and consideration.”

If you have not done so already, you can also send an e-mail to tell your member of Congress to take action to stop violence against women and girls.