Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of individuals dedicated to building a better world for women and girls. The Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.

Provide job protection for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking
More than 35% of women in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetime and one in six have been victims of stalking. However, there are no federal labor safeguards in place so these women can take time off to seek help and heal without the fear of losing their jobs.

The Safe Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Act (H.R. 2996) would ensure that survivors of abuse no longer have to make the choice between their well-being and employment. The legislation will expand the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 so that employees can take unpaid leave to meet their needs related to being a victim of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking or stalking.

“Research indicates that up to 99% of survivors of intimate partner violence experience financial abuse and/or economic coercion at the hand of their perpetrators. Financial security equates to safety,” the YWCA Oklahoma City said in a statement. “H.R. 2996 will enable victims to receive these services without fear of losing their jobs. The bill immediately provides a very real and lasting positive impact on the lives of those reeling from abuse.”

Please use our pre-drafted letters to urge your representative to co-sponsor and support H.R. 2996. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.

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