Jewish Women International

By Valerie Mickiewicz, JWI Executive Associate & Library Project Coordinator

On Friday, August 10th, President Obama issued an Executive Order on Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to advance the rights, status and security of women worldwide. This order does more than just promote abstract work to end violence against women; it is a firm step forward, using concrete data and research, toward ending harmful practices worldwide.

The same day the order was issued, I attended an event hosted by the White House to discuss the launch of this new strategy. It’s an approach developed by the Department of State and USAID in coordination with other relevant U.S. government departments and agencies, and it aims to prevent and respond to gender-based violence by:

• Coordinating gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among U.S. government agencies and other stakeholders;
• Integrating those anti-violence efforts into…

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