The creation of this position was planned as a key component of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). Everyone who opposes violence should thank our Congress and President Obama for this positive development.
From the press release sent from the Family Violence Prevention Fund:
"We are so pleased that Melanne Verveer will be the first ever Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues," said FVPF President Esta Soler. "She has impeccable qualifications and a deep, unwavering commitment to stopping violence against women and girls worldwide. We need that now, when from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Darfur, Jordan to Pakistan, Eastern Europe to Asia, and across the Americas we see sexual violence, rape as a weapon of war, trafficking in women and children, 'honor killings,' forced prostitution, and more."
While this position is a key component of I-VAWA, the act itself has not yet been passed into law. I first blogged about this legislation back in November of 2007 explaining why I support it and why others should as well. None of the problems have magically gone away since then.
It will take focus and commitment to deal with these global issues. Violence cannot be ignored during times of economic crisis since violence threatens individual and societal stability. We cannot afford to dismiss violence against women as a local or personal issue.
Labels: Violence Against Women