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Advocacy Update: No Summer Vacation for Advocacy!

Photo: David Ward/World Vision

Photo: David Ward/World Vision

by Amanda Mootz, World Vision Advocacy Mobilization Specialist

While the warm temps and relaxed schedules signal “vacation time” for most of us, summertime is also the best time for advocacy.  Your congressional representatives come home to their districts for the entire month of August, giving us as advocates a great opportunity to connect with them in person, encourage them, pray for them, and make them aware of critical legislation we’d like them to support.

Here’s how to make the most of your summer…

A New Bill to Help Mothers and Babies

As announced in last month’s advocacy update, World Vision is still anxiously awaiting the introduction of new legislation that will make dramatic strides to help end preventable maternal and child deaths.  While the bill’s introduction has been delayed, World Vision is still working closely with many partner organizations and members of Congress to shape the bill’s language and enable its introduction as soon as possible.

Women of Vision, you can play a critical role this summer in calling for the bill’s introduction and building early support for the legislation!  Here’s what’s coming and how you can participate:

  • Learn More: Information and a fact sheet about the legislation will be released once the bill’s language is finalized. Sign up for timely updates at worldvision.org/beyond5.
  • July Conference Call: In July, World Vision will send all Women of Vision advocacy contacts a special invitation to a conference call about the bill and how to conduct in-district meetings with your congressional representatives about it during the month of August.
  • Plan an In-District Meeting: In August, advocates around the country will meet with their representatives to introduce them to the bill and to ask them to cosponsor this important legislation. We invite all chapters and circles to participate in these meetings or organize one of their own!  This is a great summer activity for your chapter or circle.  If you don’t receive an invitation from your leader or advocacy chair, you can sign-up at via the Beyond 5 blog at the beginning of August.

Questions? Contact Amanda Mootz at amootz@worldvision.org.  Let’s make this summer count for mothers and babies around the world!

Girls Count Act Update

In case you haven’t heard the great news, the Girls Count Act recently passed the U.S. House and Senate and was signed into law by the President!  Congratulations to Women of Vision for helping make this bill a law that will improve the lives of the millions of children around the world who still lack access to basic documentation when they are born.

You can read Senator Rubio’s recent opinion piece on CNN about why he cosponsored the legislation here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/18/opinions/rubio-birth-registration/

Well done, Women of Vision – we are celebrating with you!

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