In the past year the number increased by 70%.
More and more women are becoming aware they have a right to file complaints.
Violence against women is a world wide problem.
The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that at least one out of every three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime, with rates reaching 70 percent in some countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In addition to being an massive human rights violation,violence against women is also a major cause of world poverty: it keeps women from getting an education, working, and earning the income they need to lift their families out of poverty.
The good news is that violence against women is preventable and that there are solutions proven to succeed.
The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) would incorporate these solutions into existing U.
foreign assistance programs.
It would support local women's organizations overseas that are working to to end violence against women in their countries.
By promoting women's economic opportunity, addressing violence against girls in school, and working to change public attitudes, the I-VAWA could have a huge impact on reducing poverty -freeing women in poor countries to lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.
The I-VAWA was developed by the Women's Edge Coalition (Edge), Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), and members of Congress with the help of organizational partners.
It is the result of extensive research on what works: it was drafted in consultation with more than 150 groups including U.
-based NGOs, U.
agencies and 40 women's groups across the globe.
It is the centerpiece of a nation-wide campaign led by Edge, AIUSA, and FVPF to end violence against women worldwide.
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