Violence against women is an epidemic of global proportions. It ranges from domestic violence to rape, from acid burnings to so-called honor killings, and it threatens one out of every three women worldwide, with rates reaching up to 70 percent in some countries.
International Violence Against Women Act
Violence against women is often used as a tool of war, such as what is now occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, women who are abused frequently die or face serious injury because of abuse and are at much greater risk of dying in pregnancy, having children who die in childhood and of contracting HIV/AIDS.
directs the State Department to create a comprehensive five-year strategy to reduce violence against women and girls in up to 20 countries and to provide vital funds to foster programs that address violence in a coordinated way. It would do this by reforming legal and health sectors, by changing social norms and attitudes that condone rape and abuse, and by improving education and economic opportunities for women and girls.
Violence has a profound effect on the lives of women and girls, and on all communities around the world.
I am committed to putting an end to violence against women worldwide and that means we need to provide the assistance and resources that are necessary to achieve this goal.