One out of three women worldwide will be physically, sexually, or otherwise abused during her lifetime, with rates as high as 70% in some countries. Violence against women is a human rights violation that devastates lives, fractures communities, and prevents women from fully contributing to the economic development of their countries. The International Violence Against Women Act, as proposed in the seeks to provide concrete tools to women and others fighting to change the circumstances which lead to violence against women and girls.
The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) builds on the tools and lessons of the domestic Violence Against Women Act of 1994. I-VAWA supports U.S. programs around the globe that help prevent violence, support health and survivor services, encourage legal accountability and a change in public attitudes, promote access to economic opportunity and education for women and girls, and support existing similar initiatives worldwide. Furthermore, I-VAWA would make the issue of violence against women a major diplomatic priority.
Gender equality is a prerequisite to sustainable global development and security; investment in the safety of women and girls is not only a moral imperative, it is a down-payment on the stability and wellbeing of the United States.