Protect young girls & mothers: Petition November 14, 2008 6:50 PM
End Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls
Target: U.S. Congress
Sponsored by: Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
day, millions of refugee women and girls around the world risk being
raped, beaten - even killed - as they search for the firewood they need
to cook for their families. It's happening everywhere from Sudan to Sri
Lanka, Ethiopia to Ecuador, and it must not continue.
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To help protect women and girls at risk of rape and assault, Congress
must pass the International Violence Against Women Act. This landmark
bill, to be re-introduced in the new session of Congress, would make
efforts to address sexual violence a key priority in U.S. foreign
assistance programs. It contains a number of important provisions aimed
at increasing services for survivors of sexual violence and improving
prevention and protection programs. For millions of refugee women and girls risking personal harm while attempting to collect firewood, this bill is critical.
We want to make sure this issue is a top priority for Congress in 2009. Ask your senators and representatives to support the International Violence Against Women Act today!