(Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I am here to support House Resolution 738, honoring the 15th anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act.
Violence against women is one of the world's most widespread human rights violations. It is a pandemic that can be stopped, but it requires dedicated political will and resources. As long as women across the globe continue to struggle to break through the shame and silence that surrounds the violence, we must continue to put it on every national and global agenda.
Violence against women fractures communities, devastates lives, and robs the gifts and potential of millions of women and girls. It is an issue that demands our utmost attention and our undivided priority.
Together we must continue our efforts to end this scourge on society and turn violence against women into an extinct crime rather than a global pandemic. Only then will women be able to live free of violence, which is a fundamental human right.