Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the International Violence Against Women Act

March 8 was International Women’s Day.  We join communities around the world to celebrate the progress we have made in improving the social and economic status of women and girls. However, violence and discrimination based on gender continue to afflict many families and societies—both here at home and overseas.

Globally, an estimated one-in-three women will experience physical, sexual and psychological abuse in their lifetime. At its core, this global epidemic is fueled by traditions, beliefs, and practices that view women as less-than-equal to men. On a larger scale, these acts have led to the creation of systems that infringe on the rights of women. Women and girls in developing countries experience particularly high rates of gender-based violence. Some of this violence is perpetuated in the form of battery, honor killings, rape, trafficking, and female genital cutting.
We come to you once again to request that you urge your member of Congress to support the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA); legislation that will help prevent violence against women and girls overseas. Contact your members of Congress now! Or take action on line at ELCA.org
Learn more about the International Violence Against Women Act at the ELCA Resource Page.
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