“Today and every day, women and girls all over the world will face violence simply because they are female. This gender-based violence not only harms the victims and their families, it shreds the fabric that weaves us together as human beings.”
–Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, November 2009
There are people within the U.S. Government pushing for equality and empowerment around the world. The U.S. Department of State has an Office of Global Women’s Issues reporting directly to the Secretary. Melanne Verveer is appointed Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and head of this office.
From their website –
The work of the office is organized based on four pillars: 1) Promoting the full engagement of women in the political and economic spheres; 2) Mitigating the impact of violence against women; 3) Addressing underlying socio-economic problems, including women’s access to health and education, food security, and global problems such as climate change; and 4) Ensuring that women are integrated as equal participants in reconciliation, post-conflict reconstruction and development in areas affected by conflict.
The office has funded programs which respond to gender based violence in all regions of the world. The programs provide a wide variety of services including changing prevalent cultural beliefs and giving legal and medical support to victims.