Listen: Advocating for IVAWA in 2018

Listen: Advocating for IVAWA in 2018

3/22/18

Jeanne talks with Gayatri Patel, CARE’s Gender Empowerment policy advocate and long time CARE advocates, Betsy Suero Skipp and Alix Gordon about advocating for IVAWA, the International Violence Against Women Act, in the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp.  

CARE Action spent the month of March, also Women’s History Month, exploring the working conditions women face around the world.  We launched our new campaign, #ThisIsNotWorking and talked about gender-based violence, sexual harassment and abuse. We honored International Women’s Day and reflected on historic women who’ve changed the world. We talk about these issues a lot at CARE, and this year international movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have made everyone more aware of how pervasive and traumatic violence against women is. 

That’s what we’re talking about on this week’s episode of the CARE Action podcast, but we’re also talking about solutions and specifically about IVAWA - the International Violence Against Women Act (S-2120). This bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate back in November 2017 to ensure that addressing gender-based violence is a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy. IVAWA also empowers the United States to work with other countries to prevent violence against women and girls and respond to the destructive impact violence has on societies and economies.

Now, IVAWA has been introduced in the House and we’re arming advocates with the tools they need to push this bill to final passage. Many of us are wondering though:  How do we do that in 2018’s #MeToo and #TimesUp world?

That’s what we’re talking about on this week’s episode of the CARE Action podcast. Give a listen as Jeanne talks about advocating for IVAWA in 2018 with Gayatri Patel, CARE’s Gender Empowerment policy advocate and long time CARE advocates, Betsy Suero Skipp and Alix Gordon.  After you’ve listened, add your voice and urge Congress to support and pass IVAWA. Then, log on to CARE.org to find out how you can take your voice one step further for women and girls everywhere at CARE National Conference this May.

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