It has been estimated that nearly a billion women globally will be beaten, raped, mutilated or otherwise abused during their lifetimes—that is 1 in 3 women.  In some countries up to 70% of women and girls are affected by violence.  In countries with armed conflict, rape has been used as a weapon of war to intimidate and destabilize entire communities. 

Combating violence against women is a critical step toward promoting regional and global stability. Women’s rights are human rights, and all women deserve to live a life free from violence, intimidation, and fear. 

I support the expansion of protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence.  Ensuring that immigrant women are able to leave their abusers and aren’t forced to stay because of threats of deportation, or because they are afraid to come out of the shadows has been a long-time focus of mine. 

I also support a comprehensive strategy to combat violence against women and girls abroad.  The U.S. State Department needs new tools ranging from health programs and survivor services to legal reforms to promoting economic opportunities and education for women.


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