Worldwide, millions of women and girls, 1 in 3, are subject to violence simply because of their gender. This is not only a gross violation of human rights, undermining the inherent human dignity of women and girls, but widespread and persistent gender-based violence is also a threat to global health and economies around the world. The view that women are less than equal to men fuels this epidemic.
Women and girls in developing countries experience particularly high rates of gender-based violence. Some of this violence is carried out in the form of battery and intimate partner violence, honor killings, rape, human trafficking, and female genital cutting.
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The U.S. government can play a critical role in combating gender-based violence around the world. A bipartisan group of senators have re-introduced the International Violence against Women Act (I-VAWA), a bill that was also introduced last year but failed to pass in Congress. I-VAWA makes ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic, development, and foreign assistance priority by ensuring the U.S. government has a strategy to efficiently and effectively coordinate existing efforts to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally. Since this legislation is aimed at coordinating and integrating existing programs, it does not require appropriation of additional funding.
As Episcopalians, we believe that all human beings are made in the image of God. Violence based on gender is offensive to our humanity, and to God. General Convention has passed multiple resolutions in support of various efforts to eradicate gender-based violence in our churches and communities-both here at home and abroad.