Why I Vote: Women & Girls
Women hold the greatest potential for change in their communities. Yet, women and girls are disproportionately affected by violence and prejudices that limit their opportunities and prevent them from lifting themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.
Times Are Changing.
In many countries, the acceptance of violence against women is decreasing; societal and cultural norms are being redefined to include women in health care decisions, the economy, and the workforce; and, women are speaking up for their rights.
It will take every one of us — advocates, elected officials, international leaders — standing in solidarity to end gender inequality and empower women across the globe.
Why Your Vote Matters
When you elect Congressional champions for women and girls, you help us:
- Elevate the importance of gender-based violence, including sexual abuse, rape, and child marriage, as a foreign policy priority by passing the International Violence Against Women Act;
- Prioritize approaches that help women gain equal access to credit, banking services, fair pay, and other economic resources that promote self-sufficiency by passing the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic
- Respond to women and girls in emergencies when health care is limited, food is scarce, and reports of sexual violence increase;
- And, end preventable maternal and child deaths by providing funding for international family planning and essential health care services.