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“V Is For Vote” Questions to Ask Before Voting:

Questions for each person to consider when making their local, state, and federal political decisions. Each question is supported by links to educational resources for further investigation of violence against women as a political issue.

Which candidate will make ending violence against women and girls a priority?


Which PRESIDENTIAL Candidate Has Got Your Back?

Marie Claire, October 2004 (PDF file size: 7.3 MB)
Click here to read highlights of presidential candidate Bush and Kerry’s public statements and records on issues such as violence against women, job advancement for women, and healthcare.

Are women in Afghanistan and Iraq liberated? Are they safer now than they were before the U.S. invasion?


Beaten Afghan Brides

The New York Times, October 13, 2004
A columnist reports back from his visit to a women’s detention center in Kabul.

U.S. Success In Afghanistan Questioned by Experts

Women’s eNews, October 4, 2004
Women’s eNews reports on voting opportunities for Afghan women, as well as health and safety conditions for women since the overthrow of the Taliban.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)

RAWA is a political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women’s rights in Afghanistan.

The Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq

The Organization of Women’s Freedom (OWFI) is a group that works to stop the atrocities against Iraqi women and defend their rights. One of the organization’s main projects is the development of a battered women’s shelter in Baghdad to protect women who are fleeing from violence and “honor killings.”

What is the overall condition of women worldwide?


Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. Amnesty’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign strives to improve safety and living conditions for women around the globe. Visit the site to view Amnesty’s reports on women worldwide, Stop Violence Against Women’s monthly newsletter, and other information.

The United Nation’s WomenWatch

WomenWatch is an initiative of the United Nation’s Inter-Agency Network on Gender and Equality. The program’s goal is to provide news, information, and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women worldwide. Visit the site to find links to the UN’s women and gender related documents and publications, a directory of resources and articles on women and gender, and other related websites of UN entities.

The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. Search the site to find extensive information and reports on sexual assault, including sex used against women as a weapon of war.

Has the funding for violence against women increased or decreased? Has funding been a priority of this administration? Will it be a priority for future administrations?


An Urgent Agenda For The New Congress, February 4, 2003
The Family Violence Prevention Fund discusses recent cuts and gains in federal funding, as well as legislative initiatives, to combat violence against women.

Should we heighten our level of concern for the welfare of female soldiers in the U.S. military? Which candidates will work to provide safety for female soldiers who have been and are at continued risk of being assaulted by their fellow soldiers?


Addressing Rape In The Ranks Is Still Not A Priority, October 2004 summarizes information and gives links to Department of Defense reports on sexual assault of women in the military, as well as plans for a department sponsored Office of the Victims Advocate.

Are there adequate support systems in place for victims of violence against women? Which candidates will provide security and legal assistance to victims of domestic violence?


Violence Against Women Act of 1994

The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women provides a copy of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, as well as amendments made in 2000. Read the act to see what systems are in place to combat violence against women and assist victims.

Which candidates will support education and prevention programs for domestic violence and sexual assault? Which candidates will include money in their budgets for initiatives to end violence against women?


Women For Kerry-Edwards

Visit presidential candidate Kerry’s official campaign website to read his statements on and plans for the conditions of U.S. women.

W Stands For Women

Visit President Bush’s official campaign website to read his record on supporting issues that are especially pertinent to American women, including violence against women.

Candidate Information

The links below are not specific to violence against women but do offer background and other political information about the presidential candidates, as well as overviews of campaign coverage and outreach to women.


The New York Times’ Campaign 2004

The Times offers separate pages for George Bush and John Kerry that include basic stats such as career history, political background, and a checklist of where each candidate stands on critical issues.

America Votes 2004

CNN’s “America Votes 2004” also offers extensive election coverage, including a comparison sheet on where the candidates stand on major issues and how they’re doing in the polls.

Intense Efforts Underway to Mobilize Female Voters

Women’s eNews, October 8, 2004
Women’s eNews reports on candidate outreach to the female voting block, as well as voter mobilization programs that are aimed at women.

Campaign Coverage Ignores Women's Concerns

Women’s eNews, September 29, 2004
Women’s eNews discusses how critical issues such as violence against women haven’t receive adequate media coverage and what the press can do to better inform the public about women’s underrepresented political concerns.

Focus: Women and the Election 2004

The National Council for Research on Women has more great resources for learning about violence against women, women in Iraq, women in Afghanistan, and women in the military.