The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) is a historic and unprecedented effort by the United States to comprehensively address violence against women worldwide. Originally introduced but not passed in the 110th Congress, it is a direct response to the startling statistic that one out of every three women throughout the world will be physically, sexually or otherwise abused during her lifetime, with rates reaching 70% in some countries. IVAWA has been reintroduced but not passed in every subsequent Congress.
IVAWA would direct the U.S. government to create a comprehensive, five-year strategy to reduce such violence in 10-20 diverse countries that have egregious levels of violence against women and girls. This important legislation will put the issue in its proper context as a human rights violation of epidemic proportions. In addition, it will tackle the life-threatening challenges of extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and other health risks that affect the well-being of women and girls worldwide.