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FROM INDIA TO WASHINGTON: WOMEN FIGHT BACK AGAINST VIOLENCENational Domestic Workers Alliance
Context: Violence Against Women in the NewsAt the end of 2012, several high-profile cases of violenceagainst women—and a wave of protest. In New Delhi, India, rape of a 23-year-old woman, and government inaction. In Nepal, rape and wage theft of a domestic worker returning from her job in Saudi Arabia. In the US, the Violence Against Women Act was not renewed. National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
Workshop Goals Reflect on recent attacks against women around the world. Gain inspiration from global mobilizations against violence against women Learn about the Violence Against Women Act and take action to defend it Discuss the root causes of violence against women Discuss how our organizations address violence against women National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
CONTEXT:Current Events in India and South Asia National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
DEMANDSDignity, equality, autonomyStop policing women’sactionsLegal, medical, financial and psychologicalassistance for survivors National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
DEMANDSImproved infrastructure tomake cities safer forwomenMonitoring and regulationof transportation systemsGender sensitivity trainingfor all State employees National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
DEMANDSPolice must stopharassing andassaulting women whofile complaintsFast track courts forrape and other formsof sexual violence National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
Advances• Police reforms• A diverse commission wasestablished and just publishedrecommendations for changes ingovernment, police, and society.• The accused have been arrestedan their cases expedited• Ongoing and spreading protestsand vigils National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
NEPAL Nepalese protests mirror Indian anger over rape· Nepalese activists shout slogans as they march near the Prime Ministers residence in Kathmandu on Thursday, during a protest demanding justice in rising cases of violence against women. Photo: AFP Hundreds of Nepalese campaigners protested on Thursday over the alleged rape and robbery of a maid by government officials, echoing widespread anger in neighbouring India over violence against women.
The Violence AgainstWomen Act National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
VAWA: 1994 protections Bringing together the criminal justice system, the social services system, and nonprofit organizations Recognition and support for shelters, rape crisis centers, and other organizations working everyday to end this violence Prosecution of interstate domestic violence and sexual assault Guarantees that protection orders would be enforced outside of the states where they were originally granted. Protections for battered immigrants A focus on underserved populations National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
VAWA: 2000 additions Recognizing dating violence and stalking as crimes Creation of a legal assistance program for survivors Supervised visitation for families experiencing violence Establishment of U- and T-visas and focus on trafficking of persons National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
VAWA: 2005 additions New protections for immigrant survivors of violence Prevention strategies to stop violence before it starts Protections from eviction due to status as survivor Federal funding for rape crisis centers Culturally-and linguistically-specific services for communities Enhancing programs and services for survivors with disabilities Inclusion of children and teenagers National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
Key VAWA Protections for Immigrant Women VAWA self-petitioning U- Visas National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
News Update On January 22, 2013, Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced a VAWA reauthorization bill (S.47). National Domestic Workers Alliance, 2013
Discussion: What Can We Do? How do we address the root causes of violence against women in our work? And what resources do we need to do this better How does our organization support survivors of violence? What resources do we need to do this better? In the short term, how can we get involved in the fight to defend VAWA?
ACTIVITY: Letters to SenatorsSome points you should be sure to include: Your personal connection to the issue or connections of the women you know/work with. Why you care. “The Senate should immediately reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that was introduced by Senators Leahy and Crapo (S .47) on January 22.” Extra credit: if your Senator is already a sponsor, you can say thank you for sponsoring. If they are not already a sponsor, you can ask them to co-sponsor the bill.