What’s the Problem?
Around the world, an estimated 1 in 3 women around the world will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
Every year around the world, 10 million girls under the age of 18 enter into early and forced marriages.
In 76 countries around the world, homosexuality is illegal—punishable by imprisonment and, in some cases, by death.
Stopping Violence Against Women and Girls
We believe that every woman and girl should live free of violence and fear. Because we believe in dignity and human rights for all, we are mobilizing American Jews and other supporters of human rights to ensure that the U.S. Congress passes the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). This law will put the power of the U.S. government and the American people behind policies to stop violence against women and girls worldwide.
Stopping Hate Crimes Against LGBT People
We believe that no one should be hated because of who they are or who they love. Because we believe in dignity and human rights for all, we are mobilizing American Jews and other supporters of human rights to persuade President Obama and the White House to lead an unprecedented international effort to end hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and other sexual minorities.
Empowering Girls to End Child Marriage
We believe that every girl should have a say in her own future. Child marriage has occurred in many parts of the world for centuries, tragically limiting opportunities for generations of girls. Child marriage violates the rights of girls and dramatically diminishes their ability to make key decisions in their lives. We know that girls who marry early are more likely to drop out of school, suffer health problems, live in poverty and experience gender-based violence. These girls are more likely to either die in childbirth or lose their newborn infants.
Because we believe in dignity and human rights for all, we demand that the U.S. Congress fully fund efforts designed to end child marriage in the developing world.
About the Campaign
We Believe, a national advocacy campaign of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), calls on the U.S. government to do three things to promote human rights in the developing world: 1) Stop violence against women and girls; 2) Stop hate crimes against LGBT people; and 3) Empower girls to end child marriage. Through We Believe, AJWS mobilizes American Jews and other supporters of human rights to ensure that:
- The U.S. Congress passes the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).
- The Obama administration plays a leadership role in an unprecedented international effort to end hate crimes against LGBT people.
- The U.S. Congress fully funds efforts to empower women and girls in the developing world, including those to end child marriage.