Statement: On Human Rights Day We Need to Protect Our Young Women and Girls

Immediate Release:
December 10, 2019




Washington, D.C. -- Independent Women’s Voice Senior Advisor Andrea Bottner released the following statement in recognition of Human Rights Day. Every year on this day, the importance of human rights is celebrated and groups around the world call attention to the urgent need to end violence against women and girls.


“Today and every day, we cannot ignore that our young women and girls are being denied basic human rights when they fall victim to horrific practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), child marriage, sex trafficking, and honor violence. This isn’t just a problem overseas; this affects people living here in the United States. Our government must act to protect these girls by passing legislation protecting them against such abuses.”


In the United States, thousands of young women and girls at risk of becoming victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), sex trafficking, child marriage, and honor violence. Independent Women’s Voice is working with a coalition of groups to support efforts to increase penalties and prevention efforts to stop these crimes and hold perpetrators accountable. 


“It is important the U.S. leads the fight in securing the most basic human rights for women and girls, protecting them from violence, trafficking and harmful cultural practices that occur even in our country,” said Dr. Shea Garrison, Vice President of International Affairs for Concerned Women for America. “In particular Congress should act swiftly to pass legislation with greater penalties for those in our country who subject girls or women to FGM. This is  a heinous violation against women and girls which involves a network of interstate and foreign actors.”


Independent Women’s Voice has been the leader championing modernizing the Violence Against Women Act to address today’s threats. IWV’s nationwide advocacy campaign has driven emails and calls to Senate offices. 



Independent Women’s Voice fights for women and their loved ones by effectively expanding support among women, independents, and millennials for policy solutions that aren’t just well-intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities.


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