Senate support to Keep Women and Girls Safe Globally

Urge your Senator to Co-sponsor the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act of 2021!

This week people around the world will join in solidarity to commemorate International Women’s Day, officially observed on March 8 every year. As we do so, we are reminded of many challenges women continue to experience in their daily lives, including violence based on their gender. We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more and act against gender-based violence in our communities.

A bipartisan group of Senators have introduced the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act (S. 765), a bill seeking to expand the ability of the U.S. government to prevent gender-based violence and provide early interventions at the onset of humanitarian emergencies. By formalizing the Safe from the Start initiative currently administered by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID), the legislation will help strengthen staff training and integrate important interventions to mitigate risks for gender-based violence in all humanitarian sectors. In addition, this bill will enhance partnerships with local organizations to increase capacity; update objectives for protection and empowerment of women and girls; and institute congressional reporting requirements to ensure progress and accountability. We need more senators to support this bill.

Gender-based violence increases during conflict and humanitarian crises. The United Nations reports that 1 in 5 refugees or internally displaced women living in humanitarian crisis have experienced sexual abuse. In conflict situations gender-based violence is sometimes used as a weapon of war. Initiatives such as Safe from the Start and the Global Call to Actionon Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies have moved this issue at the forefront of humanitarian work. It is crucial to ensure this transformation work continues.

As Christians we believe all human beings are made in the image of God. Gender-based violence rejects the created goodness and dignity that God gives to every human creature, and as the ELCA social message on “Gender-based Violence” says, “As a church we recognize and deplore the horrific suffering caused by gender-based violence globally.”

Please customize the letter with your experience and convictions to urge co-sponsorship in the Senate of the Keeping Women and Girls Safe from the Start Act of 2021.

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  • Your Senators

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Dear [Decision Maker],

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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