Take Action Tuesday: March 6, 2018

Take Action Tuesday: March 6, 2018

3/6/18

It’s Take Action Tuesday and momentum is growing around a crucial bill in Congress — the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). This bill would solidify our government’s response to violence against women and girls around the world, and it could not have come at a more pressing time.  In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp dominating headlines and social media, the world is being shocked to attention that gender-based violence is integrated into every aspect of society and every culture, demographic and country. That’s why we’re grateful that IVAWA was introduced into the House of Representatives last month with more than 70 co-sponsors.  

One in three women report having experienced gender-based violence (GBV), but its impact touches every citizen on earth. GBV: 

  • prevents women from receiving educations, pursuing careers and starting businesses, which weakens the global economy;   
  • causes physical, mental and emotional traumas that drag down the health of entire communities, raising the risk of global health consequences;     
  • and increases instability and terror in volatile, vulnerable countrieswhich in turn, impacts our national security. 

When it comes to CARE’s mission to reduce poverty, elevate human rights and promote social justice, gender-based violence is among our biggest impediments.   

CARE makes gender a focal point in every one of the 1000 humanitarian and development programs it operates in 94 countries around the world. Elimination of gender-based violence is a top priority because CARE knows that unless women are safe in their homes, communities, schools and workplaces, they cannot function effectively in society. When women’s needs, safety and equality are prioritized and integrated into humanitarian and development assistance however, the ripple effect is transformative. 

Right now, our advocacy is working to pass the International Violence Against Women Actwhich would: 

  • strengthen our government’s response to violence against women and girls on a global scale;  
  • address the violence that women and girls face daily around the world;  
  • and make the eradication of GBV a central U.S. foreign policy priority. 

Here’s how you can join the momentum if you have: 

  • 2 minutes: Send a message to your representative to cosponsor IVAWA and lead the effort to stop violence against women and girls. This landmark bill will only become reality if Congress joins us in support.  
  • 5 minutes: Call your Congressperson and say: "I am a CARE supporter and your constituent and I want you to support and pass the International Violence Against Women Act.  #TimesUp all over the world!
  • 10 minutes: Register to attend this year’s CARE National Conference, May 21-23, 2018 in Washington D.C. for three days of information, inspiration and advocacy with hundreds of fellow CARE Advocates  before we take our message to Capitol Hill.  Then, invite 5 friends to come with you. 

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