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Ending Violence Against Women Shouldn’t Be Controversial—But it Is

Flags outside the United Nations building in New York City.

One week into the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting, it seems possible that the negotiations will once again end at an impasse.

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Gender-Based Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: What Are the Real Numbers?

(A Costa Rican police patch.) Despite the persistence of these abuses, the importance of documenting violence against women and collecting sound data remains.

There is critical importance in documenting acts of violence against women—systematically, carefully, and over time.

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One in Three: Silenced Stories of Survivors of Sexual Assault and Women Who Have Abortions

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This year marks the 15th Anniversary of V-day and the 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade. So I thought it would be appropriate to draw a connection between the silenced stories of the 1 in 3 women worldwide who have experienced physical and sexual violence and the silenced stories of 1 in 3 women in the United States who will have an abortion in their lifetime.

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Silence On Rape is the Biggest Obstacle to Rape Prevention

I recently held a seminar on rape in war with military lawyers from across the world. We talked through a number of obstacles to prevention and elimination of sexual violence, but at the end of the seminar everyone agreed that the biggest of them all is silence. 

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Justice Delayed, Justice Denied: Budget Cuts Threaten Safety and Rights of Survivors of Domestic Violence

For domestic violence (DV) survivors who rely on the state courts for a wide range of services, budget cuts can add an extra layer of difficulty to their pursuit of a life free from abuse.

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Increasing Dollars for Domestic Violence: How Companies Can Do Right for Women and Girls

As corporations expand their philanthropic giving, an epidemic that affects millions of American women is being pushed further out of sight: Domestic violence. The economic toll that domestic abuse exacts on our social service system, workplaces, and law enforcement is in the billions.

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“War on Women” Increasingly Focused on Women of Color and Immigrant Women

VAWA. PRENDA. Aderholt. What do all these words (and acronyms) have in common? They represent the escalating attacks on the health and rights of women of color, and immigrant women in particular.

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Republican Partisan Bill H.R. 4970 Will Make Life More Difficult for Domestic Abuse Victims

Unfortunately, House Republicans are advancing H.R. 4970, which would undermine the core principles of VAWA.  H.R. 4970 is not VAWA – it goes against the intent of VAWA which is to protect victims – if anything, this bill will only make it worse for victims. 

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VAWA Saved My Life. Now House Republicans Are Pushing For Changes That Will Leave Others Like Me Vulnerable

The government cannot let abusers continue to have control.  The government is supposed to protect victims. VAWA saved my life, and I hope it is left as it is now so it can continue to save other women in dangerous situations.

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Why I’m Marching Against Religious Patriarchs and Pornographers, And Why You Should Join Me

On Saturday, our protest is not symbolic. It is a beginning. It is a declaration. From now, until we win the full liberation of women, this war on women will be resisted with conscience, anger, imagination, massive mobilization, and relentless determination to turn the tide.

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