Efforts of the United States: The Struggle of Violence Against Women

May 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm  •  Posted in Family Safety by  •  0 Comments

By Maribel Quiala, MSW, LCSW


Violence against women and girls has become a serious human rights issue at a global level that every year destroys the lives of millions of people.

In all it’s facets violence has turned into an abominable ill that materializes in daily life, and includes many times acid burning, human trafficking and modern slavery and many more.

According to the World Health Organization 1 in 3 women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in her lifetime with rates reaching in some countries 70% of the women.

Violence inhibits the economic progress of a country, it destabolizes and prohibits that women raise healthy children, as reported by Amnesty International.

In the United States there are efforts to protect women from any type of violence.

Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-In) have authored the bi-partisan International Violence Against Women Act (S.2279) (I-VAWA), which creates a comprehensive, integrated approach to addressing violence.

This Legislation was designed with the input from 40 international and 150 US-based groups with relevant expertise.

Decreasing violence against women and girls would help achieve US foreign policy goals of defeating terrorism. It would also create prosperity, which would set the foundation to support good governance.

As per the Issue Brief the bill would:

  • Support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and prevent violence.
  • Integrate efforts to end violence against women and girls into existing, appropriate U.S. foreign assistance programs.
  • Establish one central State Department Office for Women’s Global Initiatives to coordinate the United States policies, programs, and resources that deal with women’s issues.
  • Create a five-year strategy to fight violence against women in 10-20 selected countries.
  • Incorporate best practices on addressing violence against women into programs that prevent violence, encourage legal reform and changes in public attitudes, promote access to economic opportunity projects and safe schools, and support healthcare. It authorizes $175 million for these programs.
  • Enable the US government to develop a faster and more efficient response to violence against women in humanitarian emergencies and conflict-related situations. It requires training and reporting mechanisms for humanitarian and other workers.
  • Enhance the capacity of the US government to develop emergency measures to respond to mass rape including efforts to provide direct services to victims and hold accountable perpetrators.
  • Encourage U.S. collaboration and funding for UN efforts to end violence against women.
  • Build the effectiveness of overseas non-governmental organizations – particularly women’s nongovernmental organizations – in addressing violence against women.

Amnesty International USA recommends that US Senators should co-sponsor the (I-VAWA) (S.2279) and seek its speedy adoption.

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