U.S. Must Address International Violence Against Women

Arizona Daily Star: Plight of world’s women must be addressed
Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide

“Saturday is International Women’s Day, a 105-year-old annual call to action for women’s equality. But for many women and girls around the world, its most basic promise of freedom remains unfulfilled. More than one-third of the women and girls on this planet will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives, according to a 2013 World Health Organization report … What can we do as Americans sitting so far away? A lot. In November, the International Violence Against Women Act was reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Senate introduction of the bill is expected any day. This legislation — at no additional cost to Arizona’s taxpayers — would make violence against women and girls a top U.S. foreign policy priority…” (3/3).