Violence

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that is a human rights and public health issue as well as a major cause of death and disability. The prevalence of violence transcends boundaries of race, class, culture, social status and religion. UNIFEM estimates that six out of every ten women will experience some form of physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Violations can occur at home, in the workplace or in public. Of rising concern is the systematic use of rape and sexual assault as weapons of armed conflict, terror and intimidation. One of the most common forms of violence against women is intimate partner violence. There are also variations in the types of violence against women which include but are not limited to: human trafficking, dating violence, sexual assault, emotional and verbal abuse, and customary practices such as female genital mutilation and so-called “honor killings” and other forms of femicide. Re:Gender and its network members are working along with international partners to raise awareness about efforts to reduce and eliminate the scourge of violence.

ARRA: Extending the Unemployment Insurance Safety Net to Victims of Domestic Violence (2009)

In response to ARRA many states changed their laws to expand access to unemployment insurance benefits to victims of domestic violence. Unfortunately, over 15 states have yet to take the opportunity to extend eligibility (in the ARRA or other contexts), thus denying many victims, already in precarious situations, an important source of financial stability as they try to
escape the violence in their lives.

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http://www.legalmomentum.org/assets/pdfs/arra-extending-unemployment.pdf
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Get the Facts on Violence Against Women

The Obama Administration has made ending violence against women a national and global priority by supporting tougher anti-violence laws and appointing senior level officials for gender issues. Now is the time to get the facts on violence against women. Download NCRW's newest fact sheet: Ending Violence Against Women--An Imperative for a Healthy Nation. The fact sheet includes information on violent crime, intimate partner/domestic violence, stalking, workplace violence, and much more. For instance, did you know that nearly half of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors lose their jobs as a result?


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NCRW Fact Sheet: Ending Violence Against Women--An Imperative for a Healthy Nation

Ending violence against women should become a national imperative. Policies and laws need to be strengthened both at the national and state levels to protect women, girls, LGBT people, and other marginalized groups. Such measures are key to national security and building a thriving, healthy society.

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SIROW Researcher to Speak at Congressional Briefing

Nina Rabin of UA's Southwest Institute for Research on Women will be speaking in Washington, D.C. this month about the condition of women being detained in immigration detention centers.

Gender (In)equality in the Labor Market: An Overview of Global Trends and Developments

This report looks at the global gender pay gap, the effects of the current global economic downturn on women’s pay and employment, and the impact of violence against women in society. In 20 countries, the average gender pay gap is 22.4 per cent, and the gap generally widens with age. The global economic downturn is negatively affecting women, and violence against women has a direct and detrimental impact on the victim’s access to paid work.
 

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http://www.ituc-csi.org/IMG/pdf/GAP-09_EN.pdf

NCRW Policy Brief: Violence

Ending violence against women needs to become a national priority. A safe society for women and girls is a prerequisite to enable them to lead productive and successful lives.

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NCRW Fact Sheet: Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the most comprehensive federal legislation ever enacted to protect women, children, and families from violence. Programs under the act are administered through the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

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NCRW Fact Sheet: The International Violence Against Women Act

I-VAWA would apply the force of U.S. diplomacy and provide $1 billion over five years to institute measures to prevent the abuse and exploitation that affects so many women worldwide.

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International Violence Against Women Act Introduced!

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The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) was introduced into the House and Senate today. Ritu Sharma of Women Thrive writes,


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Girls’ Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth

Much has been done to increase gender equality in education over the past 15 years. National governments and the international community have followed through on promises made in various international forums to increase investments in girls’ education. Overall female enrollment at the primary level in low-income countries has accordingly grown from 87 percent in 1990 to 94 percent in 2004, considerably shrinking the gender gap. This progress is the result of recognition of centrality of girls’ education in development and the overall progress made under the Education for All (EFA) agenda.
 

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http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EDUCATION/Resources/278200-1099079877269/547664-1099080014368/DID_Girls_edu.pdf
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