Contact: Judith Kargbo
October 8, 2007
REPRESENTATIVE SHEILA JACKSON LEE URGES CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION DENOUNCING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST WOMEN
Jackson Lee says, It Is Time for Congress to Raise a Unified Voice and Condemn Gender-Based Persecutions Against Women Around the World
Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, together with the National Organization of Women and others, call on Congress to pass her resolution, H. Res. 32, Denouncing the Practices of Female Genital Mutilation, Domestic Violence, Honor Killings, and Human Rights Violations Against Women.
Over 7,000 women in India are killed by their families and in-laws in disputes over dowries annually. More than 15,000 women will be sold as sexual slaves in China this year. In North Africa, 6,000 women are genitally mutilated each day. Even here, in the United States, a woman is raped every six minutes and a woman is battered every 15 seconds. It is time for Congress to raise a unified voice and condemn gender-based persecutions against women around the world.
WHO: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization of Women (NOW)
Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
WHAT: Press Conference urging Congress to pass H. Res. 32, Denouncing the Practices of Female Genital Mutilation, Domestic Violence,’Honor’ Killings, and Other Human Rights Violations Against Women
WHEN: Tuesday October 9, 2007, 3:30 PM (EST)
WHERE: Capitol Hill
Cannon House Office Building (Cannon Terrace)
First and C Streets
Washington, DC 20515