If you haven't yet heard, World Pulse is collecting testimonial letters from women around the world in support of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA).
Many of your PulseWire sisters have already written their powerful letters, and if you haven't already, there are just two days left to submit your own letter to President Obama, First Lady Obama, Secretary Clinton, and key members of US Congress to convey the importance of the act and how urgent ending violence against women is on a global scale.
We will be printing the letters from your PulseWire journals and sending them out Wednesday morning (Pacific Standard Time), so if you wish to add your voice to this campaign, please do so by tomorrow!
What is I-VAWA?
The International Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 4594, S. 2982) is a major step and unprecedented effort to end violence against women and girls across the globe.
If passed, it would for the first time comprehensively incorporate proven solutions to ending gender-based violence into all U.S. foreign assistance programs, as well as make ending violence against women a diplomatic priority. It would require the U.S. government to invest in grassroots women's organizations that are successfully working to reduce violence in their communities, and respond to critical outbreaks of gender-based violence in armed conflict in a timely manner.
The I-VAWA would place women's equality initiatives high on the global agenda—like promoting women's economic opportunity, addressing violence against girls in school, and working to change public attitudes—making a huge impact on empowering millions of women worldwide to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.
Join us in this campaign and write your letter to help make I-VAWA a reality!
How to Participate:
1. Write a Letter: Use your PulseWire journal to write a letter, sharing your personal and observed experiences in gender-based violence, how violence against women has affected your community, and how protecting women and girls can lead to positive change in your life.
Urge President Obama and Secretary Clinton to help pass this vital act. Be sure to sign your name (or an alias if you're concerned about your safety) within your letter, along with your city and country of residence.
2. Tag your Journal: In the tag field of your journal, type IVAWA to be sure your letter is included in the campaign and reaches the U.S. White House to help pass this urgent act.
3. Be Heard! In the first week of December, World Pulse will be printing all the journals tagged "IVAWA" and mailing them to President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Clinton, and other key U.S. Senators.
4. Read the letters from your global sisters and write a supportive comment!
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
In addition to collecting your letters and sending your voices to the U.S. halls of power, World Pulse is selecting and publishing the most powerful letters in a new editorial column of our online Magazine, throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence to demonstrate the power of voice and unified action!
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