Senate Democrats, including Barbara Boxer (CA), Patty Murray (WA), and Richard Blumenthal (CT), went to the Senate Floor yesterday to ask the House Republican leadership to pass the bipartisan Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
The Senate passed the VAWA reauthorization in April with provisions to increase protections on college campuses in addition to protections immigrant and Native American women and LGBT survivors. The House bill omitted these provisions which, according to Senator Boxer's statement yesterday, would result in 30 million survivors denied protections under VAWA.
Calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to pass the inclusive Senate bill, Senator Boxer said in her remarks on the Senate floor, "Please hear our plea...What we are saying in a bipartisan way is that we have figured out a bill that will protect everybody...When someone is bleeding on the floor we help them in this country...we don't ask them are you gay, are you straight, are you an immigrant, are you a college student."
Media Resources: The Hill 7/24/2012; Senate Floor Speech, Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-CA), 7/24/2012
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .