After the devastating typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, we sounded an alarm for the safety of women and girls in the wake of the storm, highlighting the issue in the media and working with Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) to call for safeguards against violence and exploitation of women and girls in the wake of the storm.
To view the full list, please click here. The report is also attached.
Check them out and get involved in making 2014 a big year for women and girls!
On November 20-21 2013, Women Thrive sent a strong message to end violence against women globally. Women Thrive flew in our Haitian partner, Executive Director of Fondasyon Limyè Lavi, Guerda Lexima-Constant so that she could share her story at the Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights” hearing on gender-based violence. This was the highest-level discussion on gender-based violence in the past 3 years, and Women Thrive played a major role in making sure that a grassroots voice was heard. Guerda discussed the importance of working with local community organizations to achieve mission goals such as protection from violence and gender equality.
After the hearing, Guerda was able to speak in more detail with members of Congress, including Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jim McGovern (D-MA) Nita Lowey (D-NY), Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and Yvette Clark (D-NY) .
You can view the Tom Lantos Commission hearing HERE
And we didn’t stop there. The day after the hearing, Women Thrive organized our first-ever rally to end violence against women. The rally was held outside of the Capitol, as the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) act was reintroduced to Congress on that same day. The rally featured Guerda, MTV’s Girl Code comedian Tanisha Long and Indian human rights activist Ravi Kant. All are strong advocates for ending violence against women.
The rally was a success, bringing out coalition members, congressional staffers and folks passing by. Thank you to all who attended and showed their support for ending violence against women and girls globally.
To learn more about our efforts to end violence against women and the I-VAWA act, click HERE to read an informational summary written by Policy staff member, Christina Hart.
Join us in promoting awareness about this dire issue that affects women all over the world. We must never stop demanding a world where women live free of violence. Now is the time to let our voices be heard, loud and clear!
I just wanted to share an article featuring our work from the perspective of one of our amazing partners, Humaira, that appeared recently in the Women in the World Foundation (link below).
Here is a section that I thought you would be most interested in:
"Because one out of every three women is a victim of sexual or physical violence during her lifetime—in some countries the proportion is as high as 70 percent—Women Thrive is working to get the International Violence Against Women Act introduced into the U.S Congress. The bill would ensure that when U.S. aid dollars are handed out to a foreign country, priority is given to programs that help combat violence against women and girls—a first for the United States.
If passed, the act would affect US foreign policy in countries from Pakistan to Guatemala, from Ghana to Egypt to Sierra Leone. To help make its case for the act, Women Thrive will ensure that members of Congress hear from women like India's Pooja Taparia, who founded Arpan, a nonprofit that prevents sexual violence against children and helps heal its victims. India, by some accounts, has the world's largest number of sexually abused children.”
With your support, Women Thrive and our partners are making huge strides in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls. Please listen more about our work through Women Thrive's interview with Humaira (link below).
Thank you once again for your support.
Women Thrive Worldwide
“In whatever form it takes, gender-based violence is an intolerable violation of human dignity. No one can quantify the personal pain and anguish of any form of abuse.” - Hillary Clinton
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights issues of our time - but I don’t really have to tell you that. You already know. You probably also already know about how widespread rape and gender-based violence is in countries like India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The current reality is bleak, but the opportunity to make a difference and change this reality is simple.
The United States Government is a major supporter of poverty and humanitarian programs worldwide, but these investments could do much more to benefit women and girls who are victims of violence. This is where need your help: sign our petition urging Secretary of State, John Kerry to Prioritize Reducing Violence Against Women and Girls.
As Ritu Sharma, President and co-Founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, says in her recent Huffington Post article on gender based violence, “No single policy or piece of legislation will wipe out gender-based violence in one fell swoop. But each action we take adds to the cumulative tide of meaningful change.” Please add your name to the petition and help us make a change.
“Local women's organizations working to prevent and end violence against women have lost staff since the earthquake, but the need for services is even greater since then—especially in rural areas" - a Haitian woman activist
The Women Thrive team has returned to DC after two busy weeks in Haiti conducting meetings and workshops with local women's groups, NGOs and the US and Haitian Governments. Among other activities, Women Thrive met with local women's organizations who work with réstaveks. An estimated two-thirds of réstaveks, or forced domestic laborers, are young girls who are often victims of violence. Check out our website for the full update on our trip.
I also wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to give the moms you love a gift that makes a difference this Mother's Day. Donate in honor of someone you love to Help Us Create a World without Violence and GlobalGiving will send a card letting her know! What's even better, GlobalGiving is matching $5 for every donation made until Mother's Day!
Thanks for your continued support. Together, we are helping create a world without violence!
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