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April Advocacy Update

Renee Ingold (orange), her daughter Caroline Ingold (pink), and Susana Rojas Williams meet with Congressman Dave Camp in the Capitol Building to advocate for clean water on Thursday March 13, 2014 during World Vision's H20:DC conference. Photo by Garrett Hubbard for Genesis Photos.

Renee Ingold (orange), her daughter Caroline Ingold (pink), and Susana Rojas Williams meet with Congressman Dave Camp in the Capitol Building to advocate for clean water on Thursday March 13, 2014 during World Vision’s H20:DC conference.
Photo by Garrett Hubbard for Genesis Photos.

World Vision advocacy unites voices around justice issues that affect the countries and projects where World Vision works. We believe advocacy is the most effective way to address injustices around the world, decrease dependence on aid, and bring sustainable change to the most in need. Women of Vision are some of World Vision’s strongest and most effective advocates. Time and time again you have come forward to be a voice for the poor, oftentimes with great success.

Beginning today, we will be providing advocacy updates in this space on the fourth Thursday of every month. If you or your chapter have specific advocacy questions you would like answered, you can email advocate@worldvision.org by the 15th of every month and we will answer them here!

The Water for the World Act
The Water for the World Act is a bill currently in the House of Representatives. This bill requires no new funding, but will add in levels of monitoring and evaluation so USAID funding for water and sanitation goes to the places that are most in need over the places where the United States may have political interests.

In March, many of you attended H2O:DC, World Vision’s water and justice conference in Washington, D.C. and took time to advocate on behalf of this Act. See where we are a little over one month out.

What you can do:

Send emails to your members of Congress asking them to cosponsor the Water for the World Act.

Call your Representative.

Order Water for the World Act postcards to help educate others and gather support.

– If you are interested in writing an op-ed piece about the Water for the World Act, email cbradic@worldvision.org.

See if your Representative has cosponsored the Water for the World Act.

All Girls Count Act
Millions of children remain invisible to their government, unable to fully participate in their communities. They are denied education and health services, and are at risk of exploitation, violence, abuse, and underage recruitment into armed forces, all because they do not have a simple piece of paper we take for granted — a birth certificate.

The Girls Count Act elevates birth registration in U.S. foreign policy and assistance. It authorizes the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support programs that promote sustainable registration systems and ensure children are able to access social services. The Act does not allocate new spending, but requires diligence to ensure that the simple and foundational step of birth registration is not overlooked.

What you can do:

Call your Representative and voice your support for the All Girls Count Act.

– Schedule an in-district meeting with your member of Congress, using the talking points provided here. When you schedule a meeting, email cbradic@worldvision.org to share the date, who you are meeting with, and any needed follow-up.

Global Week of Action
On May 1-8 people around the world will come together to speak out for maternal and child health for the Global Week of Action. In 2012, over 2 million people from 82 countries came together. Next week on this blog we will share more about the Global Week of Action and how you can support mothers and children around the world.

Recently Asked Questions
Is there a World Vision position on H.R. 3571 IVAWA – International Violence Against Women Act?
World Vision is very concerned about violence against women and works to prevent gender-based violence in our programs. The specific details of the IVAWA are under review to ensure against unintended consequences of the legislation so World Vision has not yet taken a specific position on this bill at this time.

Is there a World Vision position on H.R. 2548 Electrify Africa Act 2013?
World Vision is supportive of the concepts of the H.R. 2548 Electrify Africa Act 2013. We have not formally endorsed, but we did endorse a statement with ONE Campaign on the issue.

Now that Senate Resolution 384 on Syria Humanitarian issues was passed on April 4, 2014 – are there any other advocacy actions related to this?
We hope that there is a similar resolution in the House, but currently there has not been consensus on the language for the House version.

Are there plans for a Senate version of the All Girls Count Act?
Yes, we do expect a Senate version of the All Girls Count Act. We will keep you updated as we have more information.

I’d like frequent advocacy updates from World Vision.
Updates and calls-to-action related to maternal and child health are posted on the Beyond 5 blog. Sign up for updates.

You can also sign up for the once-a-month World Vision advocacy newsletter. The newsletter highlights maternal and child health, child protection, Israel-Palestine relations and other issues as they come up.

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