More action needed to end violence against women

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Re “Kenyan girls helped crack the mindset that lets rape persist” (Viewpoints, Jan 17): I was glad to see The Sacramento Bee publish Nicholas Kristof’s opinion piece on violence against women and girls globally. When one in three women around the world is raped, beaten, or abused during her lifetime, more attention and action is needed. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, was a vocal supporter of the Violence Against Women Act that passed last year. Her commitment to the International Violence Against Women Act will be just as important this year. Introduced in the House of Representatives in November, the new bill is gaining bipartisan support, but to pass, it will need strong support from congressional leaders. The bill would help prevent violence against women and girls around the world, and it would be funded completely through existing spending. With so many affected by violence, the time for leadership is now. -- Ritu Sharma, Washington, D.C., president, Women Thrive Worldwide

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