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December Advocacy Update

Photo: ©2014 Garrett Hubbard/Genesis Photos

Photo: ©2014 Garrett Hubbard/Genesis Photos

This month, the 113th Congress winds to an end. We want to say ‘thank you’ to Women of Vision. Because of your work, critical issues for women, children, and the most vulnerable were not lost amongst the chaos in Congress. This is no small feat. We truly appreciate every phone call, email, and meeting you had this year. Please celebrate with your family this season knowing that you made a difference.

The Water for the World Act
In case you have not heard, you passed a law! Last Friday, this bill was officially signed by the president. You did a lot of work over the past 18 months. We know it was not always easy, and was sometimes discouraging, but because of your advocacy, U.S. programs for clean water and sanitation will be directed towards the communities most in need, where we know they will have the biggest impact, and U.S. money will be spent more efficiently. Lisa Bos, our senior policy adviser for water, sanitation, and hygiene in Washington, D.C., offers her thanks.

The Girls Count Act
The Girls Count Act did not pass this session. Among budget talks, nominations, and the thousands of other bills on the table, Congress could not get every bill through. However, because of your work, many more members of Congress are aware of this bill and the importance of birth registration.

Last month, when the Girls Count Act passed the House, it was a huge, unexpected victory. We are confident that when the bill is reintroduced next session it will have support in the House and the Senate. We will keep you informed!

South Sudan
Earlier this month, World Vision released a report, Fear and Want: Children living in crisis in South Sudan. In this report, children are interviewed about their fears, and what they want for their future. The report includes recommendations for how the world can best respond to the situation, including donors, the humanitarian aid community, and world leaders. Read the report here.

We know that children in conflict areas are especially vulnerable, in particular to recruitment into armed forces.

In 2015
In 2015, we look forward to continuing to work with you- an incredible group of women. We will look for the Girls Count Act to be reintroduced and we expect there to be a maternal and child health bill introduced in May of 2015 that we will advocate for. Furthermore, we will assure that needed funding is available through appropriations and look closely at the situation in fragile states around the world. Look for the next update in January and as always, you can send any questions to advocate@worldvision.org by the 15th of the month and we will answer them in the post.

Wishing you and your families a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

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