Advocates Lobbying For Passage Of International Violence Against Women Act
“Supporters of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) are ramping up their lobbying efforts as Congress prepares to bring the measure to a vote,” The HillÂ reports. More than a dozen organizations and advocacy groups have written a letter requesting the support of Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio. The bill currently has two Republican sponsors in the senate and “advocates say his support will be vital to obtaining the desired amount of funding from Congress: up to $1.3 billion over five years,” the newspaper writes. Â
The bill is “designed to combat violence against women and girls through all relevant U.S. foreign policy efforts, including international aid programs, and require the administration to produce a strategy designed to ‘measurably reduce violence against women,'” The Hill writes. The bill has 28 co-sponsors in the Senate and 112 in the House, and advocates like Ritu Sharma, president and co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, are “confident the bill will pass” (Stiles, 7/11).