February 15, 2013 — "Today, in approximately 200 counties, women (and men) are joining their voices together in a global outcry" to make women's rights a priority, writes Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) in a Politico opinion piece in support of the One Billion Rising movement.
Noting that "[o]ne in three women across the planet will be raped, beaten, or otherwise sexually assaulted in her lifetime," Schakowsky stresses that gender-based violence is unacceptable "[w]hether it happens in India or Indiana."
She calls on the U.S. to overcome conservatives' efforts to limit women's rights, such as attempts "to restrict women's access to reproductive health care and birth control," as well as their resistance to reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (S 1925).
"The United States must be a leader in ending violence against women," Schakowsky writes, urging lawmakers to not only reauthorize VAWA but to also pass her legislation (HR 5905), the "International Violence Against Women Act, which would require a comprehensive U.S. strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls internationally" (Schakowsky, Politico, 2/14).
Debra Ness, publisher & president, National Partnership
Andrea Friedman, associate editor & director of reproductive health programs, National Partnership
Marya Torrez, associate editor & senior reproductive health policy counsel, National Partnership
Melissa Safford, associate editor & policy advocate for reproductive health, National Partnership
Perry Sacks, assistant editor & health program associate, National Partnership
Cindy Romero, assistant editor & communications assistant, National Partnership
Justyn Ware, editor
Amanda Wolfe, editor-in-chief
Heather Drost, Hanna Jaquith, Marcelle Maginnis, Ashley Marchand and Michelle Stuckey, staff writers
Tucker Ball, director of new media, National Partnership