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Global Aids Alliance Celebrates the Introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act, Urges Swift Passage
Date:2/4/2010

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global AIDS Alliance (GAA) commends the bi-partisan congressional leadership that it has taken to introduce the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) today. Violence against women has a major impact on the ability of women and girls to access healthcare globally. I-VAWA provides an essential tool in the United States foreign assistance approach, one that will address an insidious and pervasive challenge to the ability of women and girls to become healthy, productive members of their communities.

We want to thank Senators Kerry (D-MA), Boxer (D-CA), Snowe (R-ME), and Collins (R-ME) and Chairman Delahunt (D-MA), Congressman Poe (R-TX), and Congresswoman Schakowsky (D-IL) for their extraordinary work on behalf of women around the world. This legislation has been introduced in previous years without congressional action; therefore, GAA urges strong majority and committee leadership to ensure consideration and passage this year.

"Violence against women and girls is a human rights abuse that transcends national boundaries and has a profound impact on the education, health, and well-being of women and girls, particularly their ability to negotiate safe sex and seek health services or information, including HIV testing, treatment, and care," said Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director of GAA and a physician with experience working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, India, and South America. "The commitment that I-VAWA makes to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls worldwide is a step toward gender equality; it signals that combating violence is key to effective foreign policy and expresses U.S. moral leadership. We ca
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