Women and girls of all ages, income levels, racial and ethnic communities, sexual orientations and gender identities continue to experience gender-based violence and that often goes unrecognized or is not responded to equally. These experiences are only further compounded by racism and systemic injustices in communities across the country. Week Without Violence 2021 maintains YWCA’s steadfast commitment to ending gender-based violence and allows us to address, educate, and take action through collective grassroots advocacy.
The Family Violence Prevention Services Act (S. 1275/H.R. 2119), the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1620), and the resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis (S. Res. 172/H.Res.344) are multi-pronged steps in a larger effort towards protecting the safety of women and girls of color and continuing vital support and services for survivors of gender-based violence. The day of action will raise awareness and help advocate for cosponsorship and passage of these critical bills.
As we continue to monitor the developments on Capitol Hill, please check back early October for information on specific asks for the day of action. However, you can take action now through our Action Center.
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 (VAWA) (H.R. 1620) is critical and lifesaving legislation that maintains safety protections important to all survivors, particularly women of color and other marginalized communities. This bill also makes modest, but vital, improvements to provide the resources critical to supporting all survivors and their needs. VAWA passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, and it is long overdue for the Senate to act! Tell your Senators to cosponsor and pass VAWA (H.R. 1620) today!
The Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA) (S. S. 1275/H.R. 2119) provides critical funding that survivors rely on for domestic violence services such as housing, emergency shelter, transportation, childcare, and medical and legal counseling. It is time Congress takes action to reauthorize FVPSA that includes increased funding for current programs in addition to new investments for prevention and marginalized survivors. FVPSA is critical, lifesaving legislation that survivors rely on. Tell your Member to cosponsor (S.1275/H.R. 2119) today!
Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis!
In April 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)declared racism a public health crisis. Centuries of racism in the U.S. have created deep inequities in housing, income, healthcare, education, and other social determinants of health with profound negative impacts on the long-term physical and mental health of millions of people of color. Passage of a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis (S. Res. 172/H.Res. 344) would mean a step towards investing in marginalized communities, expanding public resources across a myriad of systems to coordinate a public health response, and enhancing racial equity and more effective policy. Urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis (S. Res. 172/H.R. 344) now!
At YWCA, we are doing the work of justice everyday — through our advocacy, our leadership, and our work in communities. Sign up for the YWCA Action Center and stay up-to-date about actions you can take to eliminate racism and support victims and survivors of gender-based violence.