November 23, 2022
This year, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which marks the start of the global 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, we remember that gender-based violence continues to affect millions of women, girls and marginalized people around the world. world, especially in areas of democratic retreat, conflict and instability. The United States will not stand by when faced with pain and suffering. Today, we stand in solidarity with the women of Ukraine who are suffering from Russia’s brutal and unjust war, where we again see rape being used as a weapon. We support Russian women against whom domestic violence was partially decriminalized in 2017. We support the women of Iran who stand up to violence and oppression, demanding their human rights and fundamental freedoms. And we support an estimated one in three women in the world who will experience physical violence, rape or stalking at some point in their lives.
Despite all our progress on this issue, these numbers are still outrageous. And, as is often the case, women and girls from historically marginalized communities, including people of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQI+, are suffering disproportionately. We must renew our commitment to end violence against women and girls in all its forms, wherever and whenever it occurs. Ending this scourge is a moral imperative, and it is in our strategic interest to enhance security and stability for all of us. When women are secure and fully integrated into their society, everyone is better off.
Ending violence against women has been my life’s work. As a senator, I wrote and advocated for the first Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and then worked for decades to strengthen VAWA assistance to survivors and strengthen prevention efforts. In March of this year, in my capacity as President, I was honored to sign into law the strongest protection to date for survivors of violence through the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022. Under the leadership of the Gender Policy Council, my administration puts gender equality and equity first. the heart of everything we do. And over the past year, we have redoubled our efforts to combat gender-based violence and abuse, including through historic military justice reform, targeted actions to support indigenous and LGBTQI+ survivors of violence, efforts to prevent domestic violence-related killings, and gun violence; and increased support for combating conflict-related sexual violence.
We still have a lot to do. No one should live under the threat of violence. No one should live their lives in fear of violence, abuse and persecution. This is our ultimate goal, and my administration will continue this work at home and around the world.