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Updated: Pass the International Violence Against Women Act

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in three women worldwide will experience a form of physical or sexual violence at some point in her lifetime.

In response to the April kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls, the Senate reintroduced the International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 3571 & S. 2307). The continued captivity of the Nigerian girls further illustrates the urgent need to improve protection for women around the world from violence, trafficking, and exploitation.

Passing the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would be a strong statement that ending violence against women and girls is a top American priority. IVAWA would help address the issue of violence against women by combining existing U.S. foreign aid with support for anti-violence programs and survivor resources. IVAWA would also give the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department the authority to create and direct the implementation of a global strategy to address violence against women.

Hadassah is a longtime supporter of the Violence Against Women Act and proudly advocated for its most recent reauthorization. The Violence Against Women Act provides assistance to victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking—both women and men—by facilitating coordinated community responses to these crimes, funding specialized training for various levels of law enforcement, and supporting community-based organizations that offer programs for victims.


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