from Rep Delahunt’s office
Last week, U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) announced that the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight will hold a hearing on Wednesday October 21 to examine international violence against women. Delahunt said:
Violence against women is on the rise around the world. It is time to examine what the Congress, the Obama Administration and United Nations (UN) can do to stem this growing tide of violence.
The World Health Organization has found that violence against women is widespread and has far-reaching health consequences. A recent reported called on “governments to take concerted action and makes recommendations for the health, education and criminal justice sectors to take the problem seriously.”
At Wednesday’s hearing, the panel expects to hear from Actress Nicole Kidman, the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Goodwill Ambassador, Breakthrough Founder and Executive Director, Mallika Dutt, U.S. State Department Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, and Co-chair of the Women’s Caucus, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).