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End Violence Against Women Around the World

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 (IVAWA) would provide concrete tools to change the circumstances that lead to violence against women and girls. 
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  • Background:

    The International Violence Against Women Act, or IVAWA, builds on efforts of the domestic Violence Against Women Act to support U.S. programs around the globe that help prevent violence, support health and survivor services, encourage legal accountability and a change i
    n public attitudes, promote access to economic opportunity and education for women and girls, and support existing similar initiatives worldwide. In addition, IVAWA would make the issue of violence against women a
    major diplomatic priority.

    Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) reintroduced IVAWA for the 115th Congress in February 2018. Support for IVAWA has grown over recent years, reflecting progress made. We must build on this momentum to pass IVAWA, a key tool for addressing violence against women and girls worldwide.

    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.

    Jewish Values

    Jewish tradition teaches all people were created b’tselem Elohim, in the image of the divine, and that our health and our bodies are gifts from God that we are to protect and nurture. Violence committed against women and girls is an affront to the Jewish belief in the fundamental dignity of every individual and an abhorrent violation of the sanctity and wholeness of the body and health of another person.

    Furthermore, when the wellbeing of another is at risk, we are commanded to take action to prevent harm, for we are taught that we must not “stand idly by the blood of a neighbor” (Leviticus 19:16). Although we continue to fight violence against women within our own borders, we can also work to end the pain and subjugation of women around the world.

    For more information, please contact
     Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Susannah Cohen at (202) 387-2800.