FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2022
Washington, DC –– After Congress passed the federal spending bill, which included a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, ERA Coalition / Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Carol Jenkins issued the following statement:
“We applaud Congress for passing a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to strengthen protections for women from domestic violence and sexual assault after it lapsed in 2019. 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in recent years, landmark legislative victories like the VAWA to protect women can be weakened, rolled back, or even repealed depending on the whims of who is in power.
“This is why we need the Equal Rights Amendment. It shouldn’t have taken three years to reauthorize essential services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Even though the ERA has met all the constitutional requirements for an amendment, making it both valid and enforceable today, we urge Congress to remove the arbitrary ratification time limit and eliminate any doubt that the ERA is now the 28th Amendment to the 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. Composed of nearly 250 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.