The Uncommon Man

March 08, 2007

International Women's Day

Dear Friends,

On International Women's Day, give something meaningful to women all around the world: Help advance legislation that will reduce violence aimed at women.

Around the world, violence against women is at epidemic proportions. Every year, violence in the home and community devastates the lives of millions of women. Violence against women is a human rights violation - a grave one that includes rape, domestic violence, acid burning, dowry deaths, so-called honor killings, female genital cutting and other harmful traditional practices, and human trafficking. At least one out of every three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

New legislation soon to be introduced into the U.S. Senate and the House will address these frightening abuses. Working through the international assistance that the U.S. already provides to countries around the world, it will offer resources to support best practices against violence. The inspiring thing about this legislation is that it incorporates training, protection, and services for women across a range of situations, from the fight against HIV-AIDS, to school and health clinics, to court systems, to workplaces, to refugee camps.

This powerful new bill is the International Violence Against Women Act. Shouldn't your Senators and Representative support it?

Call your lawmakers in Congress today, and tell them that you want them to sign on as co-sponsors of this bill. It's simple:

• Call 202-224-3121 and ask for the office of your Senator or Representative. (If you don't know who they are, you can find out by clicking these links for Senators and Representatives.
• Tell their office that you are a constituent, and you care about the well-being of women around the world.
• Urge them to cosponsor the International Violence Against Women Act.
• If you feel so moved, share one reason why this issue matters so much to you.

That easy phone call, on or around International Women's Day, can help bring safety, security, and new options in life to women worldwide. You'd be hard-pressed to offer them a better gift.


Barb Gottlieb
Director of Outreach & Membership
Women's Edge Coalition

P.S. If you prefer to email, you can do that from the links above. Use the same easy steps outlined above. A short letter is fine.

Posted by Daniel at March 8, 2007 03:23 PM


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