Petition

Speak Out for Women in Syria and Other Conflict Areas

Empowered By

Women Thrive Worldwide is the leading nonprofit organization bringing the voice of women around the world directly to decision-makers in Washington, D.C.

About the Petition

In war and conflict zones, women are especially at risk. Yet, women make up less than 10 percent of peace negotiators and less than 3 percent of the signatories to peace agreements, according to the United Nations.

The Women, Peace, and Security Act would promote more inclusion of women in peace processes, not just in active conflict zones such as Syria but also in places where peace—and the status of women—is uncertain.

One need only look to the conflict in Syria to see how desperately this legislation is needed.

United Nations officials estimate that women and children make up 80 percent of the more than 470,000 Syrian refugees in neighboring Jordan. These women and children are “vulnerable to an increased risk of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse,” according to U.N. Women.

Photo Credit: Credit: Russell Watkins/U.K. Department for International Development

To: Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

As someone dedicated to a freer, safer world for women and girls, I strongly urge you to support the Women, Peace, and Security Act (S. 1942).

This important legislation would put women front and center in U.S. efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts.

Worldwide, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence at some point in her life, with even higher rates of violence in areas of conflict and instability.

Yet, women make up less than 10 percent of peace negotiators and less than 3 percent of the signatories to peace agreements, according to the United Nations.

The Women, Peace, and Security Act could make a big difference for women and girls around the world by promoting their meaningful inclusion in peace efforts.

By supporting this important bill as chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, you can help millions of women and girls live better lives, resulting in a safer, more secure world for us all.

Sincerely,

[Your name here] 

Supporters

  • 2788
    G. Bommelaere
    Colorado Springs, CO
    1 hour ago
  • 2787
    Casey Jo Remy
    Days Creek, OR
    2 hours ago
  • 2786
    Karen Núñez
    Chile
    4 hours ago
  • 2785
    Chandupa Abeyratna
    Lodi, NJ
    5 hours ago
  • 2784
    Chandupa Abeyratna
    Lodi, NJ
    5 hours ago
  • 2783
    Regina Flores
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    6 hours ago
  • 2782
    Anonymous
    France
    13 hours ago
  • 2781
    Maria Soares
    Portugal
    13 hours ago
  • 2780
    Morgan Maxwell
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    1 day ago
  • 2779
    Reem Fakhouri
    Springfield Gardens, NY
    1 day ago
  • 2778
    Denise Dunlap
    Woodbridge, VA
    1 day ago
  • 2777
    Jacqui Butler
    Glen Head, NY
    1 day ago
  • 2776
    Anonymous
    Rye, NY
    1 day ago
  • 2775
    Pamela Check
    Chico, CA
    1 day ago

Get More