US: Senate Vote Takes on Global Violence Against Women
Human Rights Watch: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a new bipartisan bill called the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) which aims to reduce violence against women in twenty countries. IVAWA would complement the Violence Against Women Act, which offers protections to women in the United States.
"Congressional leaders should ensure passage this session of a bipartisan bill that sets out a new US strategy for ending violence against women worldwide, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill was approved on December 14, 2010, by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The draft International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would require the State Department to adopt a five-year plan to reduce violence against women in up to 20 target countries. The approach calls for increased legal and judicial protection for women, strengthened health services to respond to violence, increased educational and economic opportunities for women, and efforts to change social norms that perpetuate violence against women. Special attention would be given to responding to violence against women during humanitarian disasters and armed conflict."