It's International Women's Day. This year's theme is: "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women" seeks to strengthen international community's commitment to put an end to violence against women. Sadly, there is a pandemic of violence against women around the world.
Just yesterday, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. But, for the first time, the bill now includes expanded protections for Native Americans and immigrants and provisions for LGBT victims of domestic violence. In addition, the bill includes provisions to address sexual violence on college campuses.
This reauthorization strengthens protections and services for programs to hopefully prevent domestic violence, and includes funding for hotlines, shelters, and housing assistance. This didn't come easy. This came with a fight. But, when the American people made their voices heard, our elected officials heard listened.
In the face of such unacceptable figures, the international community must continue to be committed to address the plight of women around the world. Everyone should be able to live their lives free from fear, and be assured that they will get the care that they need. No one should feel as though they are being abandoned when they need it the most.