#VoteLikeAGirl (Your Rights Depend On It!) Launches at White House’s United State of Women Summit
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Meredith Jacobs, VP Communications
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Washington, DC – Following up on the White House’s United State of Women Summit, JWI will launch #VoteLikeAGirl (Your Rights Depend On It!) on Tuesday, June 14th. This new campaign, housed on the non-profit’s website jwi.org, will be a dynamic and interactive effort to educate voters on crucial women’s issues during this consequential election. Social media outreach will be a key feature of #VotelikeAGirl, as well as regular interviews with political activists and women candidates on both sides of the aisle. The campaign will encourage voters – especially young women – to vote in November.
#VoteLikeAGirl arrives on the heels of JWI’s June 9th Congressional letter drop that highlighted just one of the many issues which disproportionately impact women – the intersection of guns and domestic violence. Yesterday, every Member of Congress received a letter signed by nearly 500 clergy, faith leaders, and faith-based organizations. The interfaith letter calls on Congress to close the dangerous loopholes that allow people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against a dating partner or misdemeanor stalking to access guns. “Saner gun law is just one of the issues that hang in the balance of the 2016 elections,” JWI CEO Lori Weinstein says. “All voters must understand that the rights of women are in jeopardy—access to healthcare, reproductive choice, pay equity, and a life free of violence—all can be taken away. We owe it to each other, ourselves, our daughters, mothers, and sisters to be responsible, educated voters.”
JWI is proud to partner with the White House on the United State of Women Summit. JWI staff and supporters will attend and table throughout the Summit. Weinstein continues:
We are at a watershed moment. Those of us who have spent our professional lives fighting to allow women to thrive know that we have never before had a champion like this administration. Both personally and as an administration, President and Mrs. Obama and Vice President and Dr. Biden have not only lifted up but have illuminated a bright light on issues critical to the lives of women and girls. And they have followed up with action: From It’s On Us to the United State of Women, the White House has bookended its term by focusing and acting for the sake of all women. Our lives are stronger and safer for their efforts.
Jewish Women International (JWI) is the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against women and girls domestically and internationally. JWI is a Steering Committee member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women and convenes the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, and is a member of the Gun Violence Table. JWI’s advocacy efforts focus on the passage of legislation that supports women and girls, ensures their economic security, and protects their right to live free of violence. For more information, please visit www.jwi.org or call us at 800-323-2823.