Letter: On violence against women, we can do better
Violence against women is a public crisis of conscience and faith. It affects the lives of hundreds of millions of individual women, their children, communities and nations every day.
One in every three women around the world has experienced severe physical violence. One in five have been raped, and 1.3 million women in the U.S. are raped every year here at home. These are just a few of the terrible statistics that show the scope of violence against women.
As a world leader, the U.S. has a moral duty to advance liberty and justice. The U.S. has the potential to model a noble and inclusive dignity. Congressional action on the Violence Against Women Act has shown America’s capacity to act. Now is the time to lead. As we mark the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child, we must remember that we have come a long way in the fight against gender-based violence, but good enough is not exceptional. If you aspire to demonstrate to the world the dignity, liberties and righteousness of our freedom, work with me to encourage our senators to help introduce and actively work to pass the International Violence Against Women Act. We are called to take a stand against violence against women no matter where it occurs.
(The writer is part of the CARE Action Network.)