There’s just a few weeks remaining of 2010 and even fewer remaining of the 111th United States Congress. Time is running out to pass critical legislation. This week Congress has the chance to take action to move the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), a Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 2nd.
Many of you have taken action in support of IVAWA, made phone calls, written letters and sent letters to the newspaper. During the 16 days of activism against gender based violence which began on November 25th don’t forget the other effective way of letting Congress know that you oppose the abuse of women and girls worldwide and you that you want the United States Government to use the opportunity to take action. Join the pass IVAWA tweet-a-thon! On November 30th, the IVAWA coalition is calling on activists across the country to tweet messages of support for IVAWA and calls for action. If enough people tweet about IVAWA we can really draw attention to the bill, generate more calls and activism and potentially make this a trending topic on Twitter.
Some sample tweets are:
- Not one more woman, not one more rape. http://bit.ly/ezlk8T #IVAWA
- Call your member of Congress NOW @202-224-3121 & say pass #IVAWA (S2982/H.R.4594)!
- Help end violence against women globally! http://bit.ly/ezlk8T #IVAWA
Or make up your own tweet, just don’t forget to include the #IVAWA so we can make this an important trending topic for the day.
If you are a really dedicated social media activist check out the IVAWA activist toolkit for other campaigning tactics. Also don’t forget to make a call and urge your member of Congress to pass IVAWA as well. See how its done on this fun “how to” video:
Act now, there’s no time to delay in the struggle to stop the violent abuse of women and girls globally.