Run Date: 08/04/09
By White and Grumm WeNews commentators
Chicago Foundation for Women is watching anti-violence services struggle locally, while the Women's Funding Network is seeing it happen nationwide. Executives with both funds call on Lynn Rosenthal, the new anti-violence czar, to do all she can.
Recently President Obama and Vice President Biden named Lynn Rosenthal as the first White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. We enthusiastically congratulate Rosenthal and thank the administration for selecting such a strong advocate.
Last year, as leader of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rosenthal helped maintain state funding for anti-violence services despite the worsening economy. Now, Rosenthal will have the ears of many federal departments and we hope they in turn prioritize funding for the obvious programs--namely the Violence Against Women Act and Victims of Crime Act--as well as human trafficking and sexual assault prevention.
Breaking the silence on violence against women is closely tied to the women's funding movement. Women's funds were the first to spotlight this problem and provide funding to address its root causes. Now more than ever, we need resources--including from the government--to ensure women's rights to be safe, healthy and economically secure."