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End Violence Against Women Worldwide

Posted by ywmguest on November 17, 2009

We love our network of working women advocates. YWM encourages you to find ways to end violence against women worldwide. Today’s guest blogger is Mckenzie Lock.

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.

NicoleKidmanOne out of every three women worldwide will be physically or sexually abused during her lifetime with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries – from rape to domestic violence and acid burnings to dowry deaths and so-called honor killings.

In addition to being a human rights violation that knows no cultural or national barriers, violence against women is a major cause of world poverty. It keeps the backbone of the world economy – women – from getting an education, working, and earning the income they need to lift their families out of poverty. The link between economic opportunity and reducing gender-based violence is clear: research shows that giving women in poor countries the ability to earn an income empowers them to escape abusive situations.

The good news is that violence against women is preventable and that there are proven solutions that work. Recently, Nicole Kidman testified before the House of Representatives urging Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), a bill that, if passed, would comprehensively incorporate these solutions into all U.S. foreign assistance programs solutions such as:

  • promoting women’s economic opportunity;
  • addressing violence against girls in school;
  • working to change public attitudes.

Developed by lead Senate sponsors, Women Thrive Worldwide, Amnesty International USA, and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, with the help of over 150 groups around the world, the IVAWA would make ending violence against women a diplomatic priority for the first time. By investing in local women’s organizations overseas that are successfully working to reduce violence in their communities, the IVAWA would help empower millions of women in poor countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

Mckenzie Lock is Senior Communications Manager for Women Thrive Worldwide.

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