Violence Against Women Act – Act Now!
In many ways, we have made a lot of progress on women’s rights and equality this year. We elected more women to Congress than ever before in our history, we defeated a Florida ballot amendment that would have restricted women’s reproductive choice and we even saw the canonization of a female American Indian saint. But as those who read the news (or our blog!) know, we still have a long way to go in order to achieve gender equality, either in our society or in our legislation.
This week, women’s activists are working hard to push for the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) before the end of the 112th Congress, which is rapidly approaching. First passed in the 1990s, VAWA has played an essential role in the fight against domestic violence. However, this fight is not over, and VAWA must continue to protect those who most need protecting.
For the first time, this round of VAWA re-authorization discussions has become increasingly partisan. The House and Senate have passed separate versions of the bill, and are having difficulties reconciling the differences. The Senate version contains increased protections for LGBT, immigrant and tribal women, while the House version had no such parallels.
Tell your representative that you support a VAWA that protects all vulnerable communities; that you support a VAWA that embodies our Jewish values to respect all people, as we are all made in the image of God; that you support a VAWA that heeds our call to pursue justice and to protect those who cannot protect themselves.