Women Thrive Worldwide has created the 31 Days of Action campaign for the month of July to coordinate grassroots activism around the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).Note: You can read and track the IVAWA here.
Why IVAWA? One in three of the world's women will be violated or sexually abused during her lifetime, according to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. In some countries, women face a 71% likelihood of violence across a lifetime. Studies show that reducing violence against women can help reduce poverty. IVAWA, reintroduced to Congress in February 2010 with bipartisan support, seeks to empower women in effective, sustainable ways by focusing on local solutions.
To help get IVAWA passed, Thrive has teamed up with Amnesty International USA and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, but the bill still lacks crucial support in both the House and Senate.
By signing up for the campaign, you'll receive a few brief emails giving you a list of actions, the longest of which takes about three minutes to complete, intended to support IVAWA.
By the end of the month, Thrive hopes to raise $3,100. But even if you can't donate money, you can help by donating your time, your voice, and your mind.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Posting this press release here to support this cause. There's still a week left in July. Get to it! Be sure to check out the video below, too.