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Thursday, May 7, 2009

In Honor of Mother's Day: Human Rights for Mothers

The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) represents an unprecedented commitment by the U.S. government to address and ultimately end violence against women and girls globally. It would for the first time create a comprehensive approach by the United States to fight violence against women and girls internationally.

Specifically, the I-VAWA directs the U.S. government to create a comprehensive, 5-year strategy to reduce violence in 10-20 diverse countries that have severe levels of violence against women and girls. To achieve this goal, the bill supports programs that have been proven to reduce violence and makes ending violence against women and girls a U.S. diplomatic priority. Importantly, the bill also expands U.S. support and capacity for overseas nongovernmental organizations - particularly women?s nongovernmental organizations - working to end violence against women and girls in their own countries.

Senators Kerry and Lugar are the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the committee charged with legislation pertaining to US foreign policy. Through their leadership positions, Senators Kerry and Lugar can lead I-VAWA through the legislative process and make ending violence against women and girls a priority for this Congress. AIUSA is also supporting a "Mother's Day card action" targeting Senator Kerry and Lugar. If you would like more info, please go to: www.amnestyusa.org/mothersday

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