Imagine a world where bruises and broken bones no longer keep mothers from caring for their children…
Imagine a world where girls can get an education without being abused on their walk to school…
Imagine a world where women can go to work without fearing violence in the work place….
Imagine a world without violence against women.
With your help this world can be a reality.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION
Senators and Members of Congress will be returning to Washington, D.C. in mid-November for a short “lame-duck” session of Congress. They will only be working on legislation for about two weeks before they adjourn for the year. It is critical that we work our hardest to see that the I-VAWA gets passed this year, since waiting until next year means we have to start all over again with a new Congress.
The recent video of a woman being stoned to death in Pakistan or the daily reports of even more horrific acts of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo remind us of the urgency of our work!
Please contact your Member of Congress and ask him/her to help pass the International Violence Against Women Act when they return to Washington, D.C. in mid-November. Here is a direct link to an action alert you can send right now http://capwiz.com/fvpf/issues/alert/?alertid=16531596. This will give you the quick background and language to help you better explain the bill and allow you to connect directly to your Member or Senator.
In addition, many of you have personal relationships with both your own elected officials as well as those in leadership. If you have personal relationships with any of the following or know those who do, please reach out to them in the next two weeks and let them know how important it is to you that they schedule a vote on the I-VAWA. Specifically, we are speaking about: Senators Kerry (D-MA), Lugar (R-IN), Schumer(D-NY), Reid (D-NV) and Durbin (D-IL). In the House, Congressman Berman (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl) are also critical as they chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
(Source: Women Thrive Worldwide)