UPDATE on International Women’s Day 2013
President Obama signed into law the updated Violence Against Women Act on March 7. Thanks go to everyone who contacted their Congressional Representatives.
Now…let us consider an International VAWA so that all the worlds females are provided with their human rights as human beings. For more on this, read the Kristoff and WuDunn article from the NYT that is also posted on the WG-USA site on January 30, 2013.
VAWA Will be voted upon in early February – take action today and tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Last week, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) introduced S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)! This bill is very similar to the bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Leahy and Crapo last Congress and would improve VAWA programs and strengthen protections for all victims of violence (see description of legislation below for an explanation of some of the changes).
Senator Leahy has arranged for VAWA to go directly to the Senate floor and Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to bring VAWA up for a vote in the next week. In order to continue our incredible momentum from last Congress and get VAWA passed right now, we need you to take action TODAY by contacting your U.S. Senators to co-sponsor S. 47. After only 4 working days since introduction, the bill has 50 sponsors including 5 Republicans. Our goal is to get 60 co-sponsors by January 31st so that VAWA passes resoundingly on the Senate floor for a jubilant bipartisan victory. We need to keep the phones ringing starting right now!Filed under: Trafficking,UN Millenium Development Goals (MDG),US Congress,Women and Violence