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International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women November 19, 2015
Michael Honda, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and observe November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Last week, I introduced House Resolution 519, which supports the ideals and goals of this day. November 25th is the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which ends on December 10th—Human Rights Day. Time and time again, in periods of conflict and natural disaster, the most unspeakable cruelties are inflicted on the bodies of women and children. Whether in the house or in conflict zones; whether by soldiers or by intimate partners—violence against women and girls is an ongoing cycle and a global threat which must be eliminated. Violence against women and girls are public health issues and egregious violations of human rights. The facts are startling. Worldwide, 35 percent of women have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. 120 million girls worldwide have experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives. And according to the World Health Organization, women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence, than cancer, car accidents, war, and malaria. In addition, women and girls are disproportionately impacted by natural disasters. Displacement settings exacerbate preexisting inequalities, render women and girls even more vulnerable, and create greater barriers in their ability to benefit from relief, recovery, and long-term reconstruction and development efforts. As we saw during the humanitarian crises in the Philippines, Nepal, Haiti, and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, women and children are the most vulnerable populations to sexual violence and human trafficking. Violence upon, and trafficking of, women are the worst kind of atrocities. As we have seen in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Liberian refugee camps, sexual violence was rampant. Today, ISIL forces are systematically raping and violating Yezidi women and girls. In addition, since the beginning of Syria’s conflict, reports have revealed patterns of gender-based violence perpetrated by both regime and opposition forces. Sadly, rapes in the Syrian refugee camps have also been reported. This violence must stop. Once and for all. Mr. Speaker, whether on the battlefield or in post-disaster areas, in the household or workplace; whether in refugee camps or sexual enslavement camps—violence against women and children must be recognized and stopped around the world. Even though we recognize November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we should fight every day to end this violence against human rights."
Expressing Support For The Goals Of National Adoption Day And National Adoption Month November 18, 2015
Roy Blunt, R-MO
"We also want to talk about the many success stories. We had an Angels in Adoption event just a few weeks ago and recognized from virtually every State a family that had done something extraordinary, such as the family who took a family from the Philippines. Expanding the farmhouse is probably job one if you are going to bring nine more people into your house."
Isis Crisis November 18, 2015
Steve Russell, R-OK
"Instead of the United States nurturing a nascent Iraqi infrastructure, as we have done in the Philippines, Germany, Japan, and South Korea, to give them a future, the President used that pause for abandonment, both militarily and diplomatically."
Celebrating The 100Th Anniversary Of The Rotary Club Of Honolulu October 22, 2015
Mark Takai, D-HI
"Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this time to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Rotary Club of Honolulu. First chartered on July 1, 1915 with 29 members, membership has now grown to more than 200 members that strive to embody the “service above self” motto of the Rotary Club. The Honolulu Chapter has truly exemplified this motto at every turn. For the last fifty years, the Rotary Club of Honolulu has worked to advocate on the behalf of children, starting with the committee that grew into the Children’s Advocacy Center for sexually abused children. Every year, this Rotary Club hosts a Christmas Party for foster children and their families that celebrates the special relationship that they share. The work that they do shows the passion that each member has for serving others and the city and county of Honolulu. Not only do they work for the betterment of Honolulu, they also work internationally on major humanitarian projects in the Philippines. The projects they do cannot be understated and I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks (mahalo) for all the great work that they do. Congratulations on this milestone accomplishment to the Rotary Club of Honolulu and I look forward to continue seeing the great work that the Rotary Club of Honolulu does for the next hundred years."
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act Of 2015 October 21, 2015
Dan Sullivan, R-AK
"We have what is called the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, an annual convention that we have with a very important group of Alaskans. The theme this year was “Heroes Among Us” at the convention. It was about heroes among us because Alaskan Natives serve in the U.S. military at higher rates than any other ethnic group in the country—a real special kind of patriotism. I had the honor, really, to meet dozens of these great veterans from all kinds of wars. I met veterans from World War II, the Attu campaign. A lot of Americans don’t realize that Alaska was actually invaded by the Japanese and we had to fight to eject them from the Aleutian Islands. I met veterans from the Philippines campaign under General MacArthur. I met veterans from the Korean war who served at the Chosin Reservoir. I had a great opportunity to meet an Honor Flight coming back from Washington, our veterans from World War II, Korea. Of course, just walking around Anchorage you see and hear military members training all the time. We have a great base, JBER, with F-22s ripping through the sky, our military members keeping us safe. That sound is what we call in Alaska the sound of freedom, when you hear those jets roaring. It is everywhere."

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