FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Equal Rights Amendment Coalition/FFWE
Statement on Renewing the Violence Against Women Act
Washington, DC –– Ahead of today’s Senate Judiciary hearing on renewing and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act, ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Carol Jenkins issued the following statement:
“It’s long past time for the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act to strengthen protections for women from domestic violence and sexual assault, and we hope today’s hearing brings us one step closer to that reality. As we’ve unfortunately seen too often in recent years, landmark legislative victories like the VAWA to protect women can be weakened, rolled back, or even repealed depending on the whims of who is in power. That’s why it’s critical that the Senate also vote to pass the bipartisan resolution lifting the arbitrary time limit to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would provide the legal framework to enshrine protections for all genders in the U.S Constitution.”
The ERA Coalition was founded in 2014 to bring concerted, organized action to the effort to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA Coalition has a sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality, which promotes public education and outreach on the need for constitutional equality. Comprised of nearly 200 organizations across the country, the Coalition provides education and advocacy on Constitutional Equality.
While the effort to amend the constitution to include sex equality began nearly a century ago, our renewed efforts are centered on Black, Indigenous and Women of Color, gender-nonconforming and transgender women and girls, and nonbinary people– those who are most impacted by systemic inequities.