Now that the dust is beginning to settle and more is being learned about Biden, the happier this mama is getting. His stance on violence against women is getting far more coverage and boy, is it great.
In 1994, Joe Biden wrote (yes, wrote) the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and called it the most significant piece of legislation that he’s written in his entire Senate career. VAWA has provided billions of dollars to prevent, investigate and prosecute violence against women. It has been a tremendously effective piece of legislation, with acts of violence dropping in many states up to 50%.
Biden has since amended the legislation to prevent human trafficking and to provide resources for children who have witnessed domestic violence. He also successfully pushed for the creation of the federal Office on Violence Against Women.
In 2007, Biden introduced the International Violence Against Women Act with Senator Richard Lugar that would incorporate anti-violence efforts into federal foreign assistance programs. This legislation sought to fight genital mutilation, so-called “honor” killings, revenge rapes, and child or forced marriage, among other atrocities. It also created an advocacy program to work with foreign governments to put on their books anti-violence laws – remarkably, 102 countries have no such laws.
Biden has gotten tremendous praise from not only feminist groups in the United States, but also international human rights groups like Amnesty International and the International Rescue Committee.
Great choice, Senator Obama! Full steam ahead to November!!