This summer, the AHA Foundation formed and led a bipartisan network of women’s organizations and survivor/advocates to push for the inclusion of comprehensive measures to protect women and girls in the United States from female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of the federal reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
For the past 24 years, VAWA has directed funding and attention to nationwide programs that protect women from violence. But it has given zero attention to the plight of more than 500,000 women and girls who have undergone or are at risk of FGM in the U.S. This federal act requires reauthorization every five years and expires this September. Now is the time to act to ensure that FGM in the U.S. is no longer ignored and is added to this legislation to protect vulnerable girls.
Our network wrote a joint letter and on August 23rd, 2018, we began sending it out to Congressional leaders, urging them to include the following holistic measures to end FGM in the United States as part of the reauthorization of VAWA:
Our bipartisan coalition includes the following organizations and survivors:
Find out who your national legislators are below: