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President Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), first was enacted in 1994, is a vital piece of legislation that provides legal and institutional protections for women and men who face physical and emotional abuse and/or who are victims of violence. The Act eases the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women (and men), including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA also provides grants to state and local governments to fund services for victims. The law has been credited with raising awareness about domestic violence as well as reducing the rate of intimate partner violence by 67%. VAWA passed the Senate on Tuesday afternoon in a bipartisan vote of 78 to 22. Now that the bill has passed in the Senate, it moves on to the House, led by Republicans, where it could face more difficulty in passing.

Stop the Nation's #1 Killer of Women on National Wear Red Day

National Wear Red Day, held annually on the first Friday of February, is a campaign to "remind women and those who love them to take action against heart disease" and urge them to eat healthier, be more physically active, and consult their doctors about their personal risk for the disease.

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Padma Lakshmi- actress, model, author, and television host- is famous for her beauty and taste. She was also a sufferer of endometriosis. Lakshmi is among many women who have dealt with this medical condition, which often goes undetected for years. With the help of her organization, as well as

No More Day

Some people have trouble saying "No" for fear of seeming mean or unkind, but on No More Day, individuals are encouraged to do just that- say "No".

 

No More Day is a symbol to end domestic violence and sexual assualt, backed by many organizations, such as the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Start of Ring the Bell Campaign: Recruiting One Million Men and Boys to Pledge to Help End Violence Against Women

This International Women's Day the New Delhi-based organization Breakthrough/Bell Bijao will kick off an ambitious, year-long cultural and media campaign to recruit one million men and boys to make a promise to act to end violence against women.   It will intensify the organization's award-winning

Women's History Month

The month of March, more widely associated with Ireland’s patron saint, is also known in the United States as Women’s History Month  It is a time to learn about and honor such inspirational women as Dolores Huerta, Gloria Steinem, Mae Jemison, Hillary Clinton, Frida Kahlo, Audre Lorde, Rosa Parks–

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

From National Engineers Week Foundation:

 

Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement that seeks to educate girls about "how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world."

 

On February 21, engineers will engage and mentor as many as one million girls

International Women's Day

With the recent celebration of One Billion Rising, and VAWA passing in the Senate, women’s issues are getting more of the attention they deserve.  International Women’s Day, formerly called International Women’s Working Day, is another celebration of the female gender that highlights the