On Thursday, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) announced a new campaign to help protect women and girls worldwide.

The We Believe campaign aims to draw attention to violence against women and girls and encourage Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).

“Every day and in every nation, women are victims of violence,” NY Congresswoman Nita Lowey said in support of the AJWS initiative and IVAWA. “Violence not only makes it harder for women to lead healthy, safe, and productive lives, this shameful scourge reverberates through every level of society and erodes stability, prosperity, and democracy.”

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky echoed Lowey’s sentiment and added she was glad to be working with AJWS to promote the cause of vulnerable populations.

“I’m so incredibly proud to partner with AJWS on this very critical issue of stopping violence against women,” Shakowsky said, noting that AJWS “understands that we can’t have prosperous societies around the world if the rights of women are ignored.”

If passed IVAWA will make violence against women and girls a priority in US international policy as well as make the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State a permanent fixture, helping to raise awareness of the rights of women and girls.

The IVAWA also calls for 10 percent of all international funding to direct lysupport grass-roots efforts aimed to combat gender-based violence.

Ruth Messinger, president of the AJWS, called for the American Jewish community to support IVAWA and raise awareness of violence towards women worldwide.

“Women and girls are under attack around the world. One in three women is abused, beaten or raped during her lifetime, and we must not stand idly by when millions of women and girls need us to act,” said pointed out. “We must mobilize American Jews, women and other supporters of human rights to call upon our government to do all it can to help stop this onslaught of violence against women and girls.”

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