2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE

     WHEREAS, women are under-represented in government in proportion to their numbers in the population worldwide, and are the largest and fastest growing group among the world’s poor; and

     WHEREAS, women all over the world have been economically, politically, culturally, sexually and psychologically subordinated; and continue to suffer from long-standing control and abuse of their bodies and their lives; and

     WHEREAS, two-thirds of the 125 million children who will never receive an education are girls and two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults are women; and

     WHEREAS, women worldwide are subject to sex-based discrimination and vulnerable to gender-based violence and, the concept of human rights cannot be fully realized if women’s rights are not fully recognized; and

     WHEREAS, activism to stop violence and human rights abuse against women is on the rise worldwide; and

     WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed a resolution supporting reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, which strengthened criminal laws, established the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and created grant programs to encourage comprehensive community response to violence against women across the United States; and

     WHEREAS, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services have awarded VAWA grants to support critical state and local programming and initiatives that benefit cities across the nation, such as hiring and training law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and court personnel, creating specialized domestic violence police and prosecution units, providing shelter and services for victims of domestic violence, providing civil legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, funding community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs, and training health care and social service professionals; and

     WHEREAS, the goals of the Women Mayors’ Caucus include exploring issues of importance to cities and women leaders of this country and forwarding appropriate policy recommendations to the Conference membership body as a whole,

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors opposes violent crimes against women and strongly supports programs promoting comprehensive community responses, elements and tested strategies to eliminate violence against women; and 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors strongly supports full funding for Violence Against Women Act programs as well as efforts which support the abolition of international systematic cultural and state-sanctioned physical, sexual and psychological human rights abuse and oppression of women throughout the world.