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I would like to start this because knowledge and education is power. Women should know what is going on in Washington D.C. regarding laws and legislation that is going to affect us and our daughters. Agree or disagree, knowledge is key to change.

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The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act is a federal grant program that funds domestic violence shelters and support services, such as counseling, crisis hotlines, basic needs and legal advocacy, for survivors of domestic abuse. Unless the House reauthorizes funding for FVPSA, countless shelters in the U.S. and millions of women and children could be left without life-saving services. During hard economic times, support of these shelters and services is more important than ever.

FVPSA, which expired in 2008, was first passed in 1984 as part of the Child Abuse Amendment. It was included in the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and approved again in 2003 as part of the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act. If reauthorized, FVPSA will approve $250 million per year to shelters and other outreach organizations that aid survivors of domestic violence. It will also include new programs to help prevent children in abusive homes from continuing the cycle of violence in adulthood and fund intervention, employment training for survivors of domestic violence, school-based prevention projects and parenting skills development. It will also update the National Domestic Violence Hotline to keep up with changing technology.

For decades, NOW has worked to prevent and reduce domestic violence in the U.S., describing it as an "epidemic" that primarily harms women and teenage girls. Millions of women are physically, emotionally and economically abused by someone they know, love or trust. Every year, more than 1,000 women die from physical abuse inflicted by an intimate partner.

Children also are seriously affected by domestic violence. About three to four million children witness domestic violence in their homes, which causes severe emotional trauma and makes them twice as likely to become abusers when they reach adulthood. Children who live in homes in which their mothers are abused are also more likely to experience abuse.

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Good News and Bad News for Women in Deficit Commission Vote Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill

December 3, 2010

The only good news coming out of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's final meeting today was that the co-chairs failed to muster 14 'yes' votes for their misguided proposal, so it will not be presented to the lame-duck Congress for immediate action. This result was due in part to the hard work of NOW members, Social Security advocates and many others whose calls temporarily shut down the congressional switchboard on Tuesday.

However, it is deplorable that 11 of the commission's 18 members support the co-chairs' proposed Social Security benefit cuts -- including an increase in the retirement age to 69 -- which would push hundreds of thousands of middle-class women into poverty.

The commission's assault on Social Security is wholly unjustified. Social Security has nothing to do with the federal budget deficit, and cutting benefits won't put a dent in the deficit or the national debt. Nor is there any imminent threat to the system's solvency. Social Security is solvent today and will remain solvent over the next three decades. Long-term solvency can be guaranteed simply by scrapping the cap on wages subject to the payroll tax.

Finally, the increased life expectancy of rich white men who work in comfortable offices is no reason to raise the retirement age to 69. At least one-third of women between the ages of 58 and 65 work in physically demanding, stressful jobs. If forced to take so-called 'early' retirement (at 64 or 65), they would lose anywhere from 15 to 25 percent of their Social Security benefits for the rest of their lives.

Shame on the commission for coming up with a plan that would consign so many hard-working women to such a cruel future. And shame on the commissioners who voted for it.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: Congress Should Adopt IVAWA December 2, 2010

ACTION NEEDED: Contact your Senate and House members to urge them to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) (S. 2982/H.R. 4594). The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to consider this bipartisan bill, but very few days remain in the lame duck session. Adoption in this Congress of IVAWA would be an important action coming during the current international campaign: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This legislation will greatly enhance U.S. prevention of and response to gender-based violence in the international community. Violence against women and girls continues to affect the lives of billions each year. Worldwide, one out of three women will be raped, beaten, or abused in her lifetime. Seventy percent of women who fall victim to murder are killed by their male partners. In disaster areas and armed conflicts, the occurrence of violence against women and girls increases to even more severe levels. Sexual atrocities are widespread in conflict areas where rape is used as a weapon of war. Recently, thousands of women have been gang raped in the Darfur region of Sudan in the ongoing conflict between the Sudanese military and police and the Janjaweed, northern Sudan Arab tribes. Efforts to protect these women have been mostly futile.

Five Year Plan - IVAWA will make preventing and responding to violence against women a greater focus of U.S. foreign policy and international development. This legislation will establish the Office for Global Women's Issues and the Office for Women's Global Development to create new programs and strengthen existing ones.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will be responsible for creating a five-year strategy for international prevention and response to gendered violence in areas with high levels of such violence. U.S. and international military and peacekeeping units will receive training in prevention and response.

IVAWA will also make available increased levels of financial, material and human resources for U.N. efforts fighting violence against women and girls, particularly in situations of armed conflict and refugee camps.

This legislation, sponsored in the Senate by Foreign Relations Committee Chair Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and 34 co-sponsors, and in the House by Rep. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) and 132 co-sponsors, of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, is still under committee consideration.

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I would like to start this because knowledge and education is power. Women should know what is going on in Washington D.C. regarding laws and legislation that is going to affect us and our daughters. Agree or disagree, knowledge is key to change.

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