Other Initiatives and Issues
Advocating to End International Violence Against Women
Tahirih engages in a range of other advocacy efforts to promote justice and freedom from violence for women and girls worldwide.
International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA)
Tahirih participates in coalition advocacy in strong support of I-VAWA, groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that for the first time places a US foreign policy priority on ending the worldwide pandemic of violence against women. I-VAWA offers women hope through measures that include:
- Increased efforts to prevent violence against women during conflict and in humanitarian settings
- Increased pressure and capacity-building to find perpetrators and bring them to justice
- Support of vital services for survivors
- Increased economic and educational opportunities that would reduce the vulnerability of women and risk of violence
I-VAWA was developed by Women Thrive Worldwide, Amnesty International USA, the Family Violence Prevention Fund and members of Congress with the help of organizational partners. It was drafted in consultation with more than 150 groups, including US-based NGOs such as Tahirih, UN agencies, and 40 women’s groups across the globe.
International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act
Tahirih participates in coalition advocacy in strong support of this bipartisan legislation which seeks to prevent the detrimental health and economic consequences of child marriage worldwide, increasing the effectiveness of US aid to developing countries and enabling girls to dream of brighter futures.
Promoting US Ratification of CEDAW
For several years, Tahirih has contributed to coalition efforts to see the US finally ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. The United States is among only a very few countries that have not yet ratified CEDAW, including Iran, Somalia, and Sudan.