By Kristen Johnson
It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. (UN Women).
Clearly, violence against women is a gigantic problem, despite awareness campaigns over the years. Choosing to ignore the problem is not okay. Choosing to degrade women in the name of “locker talk” is not okay. Thinking that it is okay to sexually harass and “grab” women is not okay. Anytime we find an organization working on ending violence, as well as a wide-range of other social issues, is always a good day.
The Biden Foundation, which is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, focuses on the following:
- Foreign Policy
- The Cancer Initiative
- Community Colleges and Military Families
- Protecting Children
- Ending Violence Against Women
- Strengthening the Middle Class
The foundation (championed by Vice President Biden) builds on his priorities as evidenced by his years of public service and continues now to work on equality for all reaching for the American dream, initiatives to reduce economic equality, and policies to advance the middle class. Joe Biden wrote the Violence Against Women Act in 1990 because he knew we had to change the culture, and that works continues today. (Biden Foundation).
The Biden Foundation has some additional initiatives that are much-needed for the greater good of society. The center’s Cancer Initiative works on getting government, academia, non-profits and the private sector to work together on research. They also work on programs to provide access to community colleges and to support military families.
It’s easy to join the Foundation by clicking on the “join us” link here: http://bidenfoundation.org/about/. I am proud to be a new member and I look forward to getting involved in the work that they are doing.
Thank you to Vice President Biden for public service and for your continued pledge to work on issues that help women, children, and families. (I miss you in the White House! Your replacement does little to make me smile.) Thank you to the Biden Foundation for all the work you do to benefit working families. You are a wonderful example of “living the Church.”
Philippians 2:4 (NRSV): Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
Serve all with love.
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