My community is affected when violence against women continues to be a pivital part of the struggle for power and resources. You and I are the heart of all communities. It is the humanity within us that is being affected by volence against women and girls. I have heard stories, I have seen scars and my heart bleeds. I am affected. And this is how my community is affected and the pulse of humanity is affected.

Protecting women and girls can lead to positive change in the world, in communities, in government, and in my home. I Urge President Obama and Secretary Clinton to help pass this vital act.


Melyssa Muñoz Salt Lake City, UT USA

Please join the PulseWire community in speaking out against violence and urging the U.S. government to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). Write your letter in your PulseWire journal to share your personal and observed experience in gender-based violence, both in your life and within your community. Tag your journal "IVAWA", and World Pulse will send your letter directly to President Obama, along with letters from women around the world. Learn more:

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Dear Melyssa,

Thank you for sharing your voice in this campaign and for taking the time to write your letter here today. When united, our voices are powerful, and the needs of women worldwide cannot be ignored. Thank you! We will be sure to include your letter in the packages sent to the White House and Congress.

In friendship and solidarity, Jade

Dear Melyssa,

Thank you for participating in the IVAWA letter writing campaign and for sharing your voice and your personal testimony with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and members of the US Senate on the urgency of ending violence against women.

We sent copies of your letter in packages, along with your fellow PulseWire members', to these key decision makers, and I am excited to announce that on December 15, the International Violence Against Women Act was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee! Our voices were effective in supporting this bill!

Next step for the bill: Get passed by the Senate and House by the end of the year. I will keep you updated!

In friendship and solidarity, Jade Frank

Online Community Manager World Pulse