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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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Petitioning Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Tony Lake, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Commit To End Female Genital Mutilation in Asia

We were subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) when we were 7. The practice involves the cutting of the clitoral hood of a girl child, sometimes in a very crude manner. We belong to the Bohra Community in India. There are almost 2 million Bohras in the world with a majority of them in India. More than 80% of the women in our community have been cut. For the longest time, Bohra women were too scared to speak out against FGM. We feared ostracization by our religious leaders and even our own families turning against us. But, we are silent no more. Several survivors have come together to end FGM in India under the banner “Speak out on FGM”. FGM is practiced widely in Asia, but in a shroud of secrecy. In Indonesia alone, half of girls under the age of 11 have gone through FGM. FGM has also been reported in Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. FGM is child abuse. It has no health benefits, it can cause medical complications and emotional trauma. It is done to control women, their chastity and their sexual desires. All our appeals to the Bohra religious leaders to end FGM in the community have been ignored so far. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is the leading international agency that has been actively supporting efforts to eradicate FGM in African countries. But Asian countries have largely been ignored. If we don’t get the United Nation’s support soon, a whole generation of girls in Asia will continue to be subjected to this horrible human rights violation. This is our appeal to show them that FGM is a problem in Asia and that their support is urgently needed here. The UN’s support on research, awareness programs and advocacy can go a long way in the FGM survivors’ fight in ending this horrendous practice in Asia. But we can’t do this alone. We need the support of the global community. If thousands of people from around the world sign my petition, we can ensure that the UN will make a commitment to end FGM in Asia. FGM is one of the most discriminatory practices that young girls are subjected to. This is the time to come together and raise our voices to end FGM. The UNFPA is having it’s annual meeting in May, help us reach 500,000 signatures before this meeting. If all of us come together, we’ll make sure that the UN doesn’t ignore our demand. Join us in our fight to end this horrible practice in Asia. Sign this petition. Video Credit: Scroll.in

masooma ranalvi
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Petitioning United Nations, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Directrice exécutive des Nations Unies chargée de la femme.

Appel à la solidarité avec les Femmes Syriennes. Empêcher les crimes du régime de perdurer

Lettre adressée à Madame la Secrétaire générale adjointe, Directrice exécutive des Nations Unies chargée de la femme. Le viol des femmes dans les geôles du régime d’Assad constitue une affaire d’intérêt public aussi bien au niveau national qu’international. En effet, la pratique systématique de la torture et de la terreur reflète de façon claire le mécanisme de ce régime à bafouer les droits de l’Homme depuis son accès au pouvoir il y a 40 ans à nos jours. A ce titre, le documentaire « Syrie, Le Cri Etouffé » réalisé par Manon Loizeau et diffusé sur France 2 constitue une nouvelle référence pour porter la voix des femmes Syriennes à travers les témoignages des survivantes qui ont échappé à l’enfer des prisons et qui racontent les horreurs qu’elles ont vécues dans les geôles syriennes.La diffusion de ce documentaire le 12 Décembre 2017 coïncide avec une période de négociation difficile où il est fait pression sur les Syriens d’accepter le régime d’Assad comme partie prenante dans la rédaction d’une nouvelle constitution pour la Syrie et comme candidat aux futures élections et ce, malgré les atrocités et les milliers de crimes commis en grande partie contre les civils parmi les femmes et les enfants. Nous avons la conviction aujourd’hui, nous les femmes syriennes signataires de cette lettre ainsi que les Syriens qui nous soutiennent que l’ONU devrait jouer un rôle réel et actif en faveur des femmes Syriennes pour empêcher ces crimes de perdurer. Nous attirons l’attention sur le fait que, compte tenu de la nature même de ce régime, ces atrocités risquent de perdurer voire de s’amplifier s’il demeure en place et ce, en représailles à toute tentative de défense de la dignité humaine en Syrie. Nous vous demandons d’assumer cette responsabilité de façon concrète et compte tenu du danger que représente cette affaire, nous vous exposons ici nos doléances :1- Nécessité de soutenir la marche de justice transitoire et la poursuite de tous ceux qui ont commis des crimes à l’encontre des femmes Syriennes.2- Nécessité d’assurer une transition politique complète et de mettre un terme définitif au régime dictatorial actuel afin de construire une Syrie moderne et respectueuse des Droits de l’Homme.3- La libération immédiate de toutes les femmes emprisonnées dans les geôles syriennes et le soutien aux investigations sur toutes les atteintes physiques et psychologiques que celles-ci ont subies.4- Aucune conciliation avec un des régimes les plus hostiles à la femme et à ses droits humains, de citoyenneté et de liberté. Liste des femmes syriennes signataires : Abdelwahab Khouloud, Accounting AbdulAziz Arwa, Journalist Abou Dahab Ghossoun, Journalist Adi Zeina, Jounalist and Civil society activist Al hallak Motiaa, Journalist Alabdalla Hala, Film Director  AlAbdeh Mariah, Civil society activist  Albahra Fardous, Feminist and Political activist Albalkhe Hanan, Political activist AlChoufi Rouba, Civil society activist Alhallak Sabah, Feminist activist and Researcher Alhomsi May, Journalist AlKawakbi Chahrazad, Syrian citizen, Ebla international  AlKhatib Nour, Syrian Network for Human Rights AlKoube Mayada, Civil society activist AlKourdi Kinana Khalaf, Civil society activis AlLababidi Lana, Educational Expert Alomar Anwar, Human Rights Activist  Alraheb Waha , Film Director Actress and Writer Alrefai Hanada, Civil society activist, Former detainee Alshoiki Siba, Syrian women for democracy‎ Ameen Dania, Journalist Ashour Duha, Former detainee, Writer  Attasi Samara, Souriyat Across Borders Barish Eilia Linda, Assyrian Democratic Organization  Bayan Rehan,President of the Women's Office Douma Local Council Charbaji Majd, Civil society activist, Former detainee Duraid Muzna, Civil society activist Flihan Rima, Writer  Ghabach Weaam, Feminist activist Ghadri Nagam, Politician Gozlan Florence, Politician and Human rights activist Hourani Fida, Doctor  Jalabi Mariam, Politician Jouejati Rafif, Civil society and polotical activist Kabbani Ghalia, Writer and Journalist  Kannout Lama, Feminist activist and Researcher Karkoutly Salma, Journalist Katbi Nisrine, Souriyat Across Borders Kbbani Maissa, Sadana Initiative Khadamaljamei Ruba, Translator  Khbieh Suad, Journalist Kholani Amena, Network Justice for Syrian Women, Former detainee Khoury Majeda, Civil society activist  Khouzam Shaza , Syrian citizen Kilani Fadwa, Journalist and Poet Kiriaky Marie Therese, Civil society activist  Kisar Rania, Researcher. Lababidi Kinda , Translator  Lababidi Soulafa, Journalist Mansour Noura, Editor in chief Tamadon Martini Shadia, Architect  Merrei Roudina, Artist Mobaied Samira, Academic, Political writer Moubayed Majd, Legal Expert Moussa Dima, Lawyer Moussa Margaret, Syrian Woman  Oulabi Zeina, Souriyat Across Borders Saad Roula, Legal Expert Saeid Salma, Syrian citizen Salma Karkoutli, Journalist Scaff May, Actress Seif Joumana, Legal Expert Shaaban Nuha, Journalist Sheekh Najlaa, Civil society activist, Karimat Shehabi Sally, Designer Smoudi Lina, Civil society activist Yakoub Dania, Civil society activist and Researcher Zeitoun Samera, Souriyat Across Borders ***Liste des Syriens signataires: Abdul Ghany Fadel, Syrian Network for Human Rights Abdulmalek Aboud, Civil society activist, Ghouta Achawi Sakher, Doctor Achour Oussama, Political activist Adi Mazen, Politician Akel Samir, Syrian citizen Akram Al Safadi, Political Activist Al adawi Michal, Writer and Researcher  Al Ahmad Samer, Journalist Al Bacha Assem, Sculptor  Al Ewied Mohamad, Journalist Al Jarrah Nouri, Poet Al Kabbay Naeif, Editor Al Khalaf Mahmoud Ali, Politician Al Koudsi Aiad, Syrian citizen Al Kwatli Amer, Resources & Peace Initiative‎  Al Moh Mouhannad, Artist Al moussa Asyad, Lawyer Al Omari Hayan, Journalist and Human rights activist  Al Roumi Mohamad, Photographer  Al Soufi Saad, Civil society activist Alaswad Hassan, Lawyer  Aldib Samir, Syrian citizen Alesh Marwan, Political activist  Alhaj Abdulrahman, University Researcher  AlHaj Saleh Saleh, Writer Alkeirat Abdulhakim Allabad Firas, Journalist Almatar Farhan, Political and Civil society activist Alnejres Wahhab, Political Activist Alqusair Ahmad, Journalist Alssaleh Hassan, Writer Arodaky Badr Eddine, Writer and Translator  Atassi Nashwan, Lawyer Aziz Mourad Souleiman Daboul Khaled, Judge Darkazanli Ahmad, Action pour la Syrie Dimashki Issam, Mouvement de citoyenneté. Elia Fouad, Syrian Christians for Peace  Gazal Mahmoud, Political activist  Ghalioun Burhan, Writer, Professor of sociology Ghanem Mohammed Alaa, Political activist  Hadaya Samah, Writer  Haddad Fawaz, Writer Hagi Hasan Brita, Civil society activist Hajjo Marwan, Legal consultant  Hamada Hussein, Juge Hamoud Mu'awya, Political activist  Hanna Jacque, Political activist  Hassoun Maabad, Political activist  Hawali Khaldoon, Human rights activist Helou Fares, Actress, Survivors of prisons in Syria Ismaeil Musalam, Political activist  Kalthoum Essam, Politician Katini Ziad, Syrian citizen Katsha Ahmed , University Researcher  Khalaf Hussam, Syrian citizens Khoury Issam, Writer and Journalist Khoury Marwan, Doctor Kreker Mohhamad Marwan, Professor Ktifan Abdelhakim, Actress  Lababidi Hassan, Doctor  Maktabi Mohamed Yahya, Politician Maxsaud Antoine, Doctor  Moussa Naim, Engineer  Moustafa Radif, Politician Nader Walid, Political Activist Nader Walid, Doctor  Najjar Mahmoud, Politician Naqqasha Mazen, Political activist  Nassar Adeed, Writer Osman Mahmut, Writer Salloum Bahij, Political activist  Sarah Fayez, Journalist and Writer Shishakly Adib, Syrian citizen Tablieh Bassam, Lawyer Tahhan Jamal, Researcher, Waed Tarakji Mounir, Political activist  Toubah Mohammed Hisham, Engineer Yamin Bahnan, Syrian Christians for Peace  Yasar Barish, General coordinator of the syrian revolutionary movement Yasser Alyoussef, Political Activist Youssef Bassam, Journalist Zakri Fawaz, Political activist Center for Environmental and Social Development FemmeS pour la Démocratie- Suisse Renaissance des Femmes Syriennes-France  

Samira MOBAIED
860 supporters
Petitioning Maneka Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Michelle Bachelet, Indira Jaising, Meenakshi Arora, Flavia Agnes, vrinda grover, Nivedita Menon

Remove ‘Miss/Mrs.’ from title choices for females

People have been fighting for women’s rights and equality for over a century now. We’ve come a long way, but we are not there yet. Women face challenges on the daily based on gender. One of the smaller things that irks a lot of us is when a form asks only a female to define her social status. What is the basis for asking whether she is single, married or divorced? Why is it that men aren’t asked the same question? A lot of forms and applications require females to reveal their status as single/married/widowed by using Miss/Mrs/Ms. This practice is unnecessary and intrusive, not to mention unfair as the male counterpart gets only one non-intrusive, neutral choice i.e. Mr. In case the forms do want the know the marital status it should be in the form of a separate question which applies to both male and female applicants. If the title option is reduced to just ‘Ms’ it will ensure that the identity of a female isn't linked to that of another person and that they are treated as independent individuals. Even if someone chooses to take up their husband’s last name after marriage the title should remain Ms. It is a small but impactful change towards a balanced society. I urge you to sign this petition on behalf of every woman who feels this practice breaches personal life and deems them less of an individual as a man. The petition and comments are delivered to the head of UN Women and the CM for Ministry of Women and Children Development of India.

Surmai Jain
261 supporters
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Petitioning Ban Ki-moon

Support Iranian Women’s struggle for Freedom and Gender Equality

                Español   Français    Italiano   Deutsch  العربيّة   فارسي   Shqip  Polski   Urgent call for the security of women in Camp Liberty and the release of the 7 abducted Ashraf residents (6 women and one man) Condemn execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari and acid attacks against freedom loving Iranian women For the past 35 years since the Iranian people’s revolution was hijacked by the mullahs in February 1979, women of Iran have been the foremost victims of a religious and misogynous dictatorship ruling Iran. They are totally deprived of their most basic rights in every field. Amongst the 1000 executed under Rouhani, the current president of the regime, over 34 were women. The heinous execution of 26-year-old Reyhaneh Jabbari, who defended herself to rape and was executed on the morning of October 25, 2014, despite frequent calls by international organizations and human rights and women's rights activists, is yet another example. Thugs affiliated to the Iranian regime have thrown acid on the faces of innocent women to create an atmosphere of fear in the society and to counter women who do not abide by the regime’s dress-code. Some of the victims who are still getting treated after last month’s acid attacks in Isfahan and Tehran, have lost their sight and their faces have been distorted. The regime has stabbed women with knives in streets with utmost brutality and cruelty to scare women and force them to remain in their homes. The Iranian regime is not a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of discriminations against women (CEDAW) thus allowing systematic violation of women's rights through its constitutional laws and other rulings. For the last three decades, sexual abuse of prisoners, particularly female prisoners has been the most important method for the regime to crush their will. From the onset of the regime’s rule, its so-called religious decrees (fatwas) ordering its revolutionary guards to rape girls before executions have been methods used by torturers and henchmen in the intelligence and security systems, which is unprecedented in modern history. Under these circumstances, Iranian women have had a prominent presence in the resistance movement. In the ongoing struggle for the past 36 years, tens of thousands of brave Iranian women have lost their lives for freedom. 52 percent of the members of the NCRI are women. Ashraf City, the home to members of the main Iranian opposition in Iraq, was administered by women through its harshest times. The PMOI is also led by women who are vanguards in the fight against fundamentalism. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance’s 10-point platform for a future Iran includes complete gender equality and abolishment of all forms of discrimination against women. As the Iranian regime is the first fundamentalist and misogynist government, it has had widespread influence of spreading its evil phenomenon to the region and the globe. Its opposition, the PMOI, is the anti-thesis to such fundamentalism, as it believes in a true, democratic and tolerant Islam. As a humanitarian crisis, Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf and Liberty, including nearly a thousand women, have been repeatedly attacked in the last six years by Iraqi forces at the behest of the Iranian regime. 116 people have been killed in 6 deadly massacres and 6 women and one man were abducted. Also, 22 Camp Liberty residents have been tormented to death as a result of the ongoing inhuman siege against members of the Iranian Resistance in Iraq. The refugees, who are protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention, have been denied access to food and medicine despite international calls to end the inhumane blockade. In view of the above facts: 1. We call on the UN, US and the EU to take immediate action to end the inhuman food and medical blockade and to ensure security in Camp Liberty particularly for women and to take urgent action to release the 7 residents of Ashraf abducted by the Iraqi government; 2. Considering the history of the Iranian regime’s overall appalling situation of human rights, particularly women's rights, we call on the United Nations Security Council to examine Iran's systematic violation of human rights and to take punitive action; 3. We support the 10-point platform of Mrs. Rajavi as a practical step for the establishment of peace, democracy and women's rights in Iran.

NCRI Women's Committee
197 supporters
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Petitioning Ban Ki-moon, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Apel o natychmiastowe zapewnienie bezpieczeństwa kobiet w obozie Liberty

Apel o natychmiastowe zapewnienie bezpieczeństwa kobiet w obozie Liberty        i uwolnienie 7 porwanych mieszkańców Ashraf (sześciu kobiet i jednego mężczyzny)       Potępmy stracenie Reyhaneh Jabbari oraz ataki kwasem na miłujące wolność Iranki  Przez ostatnie 35 lat, odkąd w lutym 1979 roku kontrolę nad narodową rewolucją Irańczyków przejęli mułłowie, kobiety były pierwszymi ofiarami religijnej i mizoginicznej dyktatury rządzącej Iranem. Są one całkowicie pozbawione swych najbardziej podstawowych praw w każdej sferze życia. Wśród 1000 straconych w okresie prezydencji Rouhaniego, co najmniej 34 to kobiety. Haniebna egzekucja 26-letniej Reyhaneh Jabbari, która broniła się przed gwałtem i została stracona rankiem 25 października 2014 roku, mimo licznych  apeli organizacji międzynarodowych  oraz działaczy praw człowieka i organizacji kobiecych, to jeden z przykładów. Bandyci związani z reżimem irańskim oblewają kwasem niewinne kobiety, aby wywołać atmosferę strachu w społeczeństwie i powstrzymać kobiety, które nie podporządkowują się reżimowym, przepisom dotyczącym ubioru. Niektóre z ofiar, które wciąż pozostają w leczeniu po ostatnich atakach w Teheranie i Isfahanie, utraciły wzrok, a ich twarze zostały trwale zdeformowane. Reżim brutalnie i okrutnie sztyletuje kobiety na ulicy, aby zastraszyć je i zmusić do pozostawania w domach...  Rząd irański nie jest sygnatariuszem Konwencji  ws. eliminacji wszelkich form dyskryminacji kobiet (CEDAW), dopuszczając tym samym do systematycznego naruszania praw kobiet poprzez realizowanie prawa konstytucyjnego i innego rodzaju przepisów. W ostatnim trzydziestoleciu najpowszechniejszą metodą łamania woli więźniów, zwłaszcza kobiet, było seksualne wykorzystywanie. Od początku reżimowe prawo, tzw. religijne dekrety (fatwy), nakazujące strażnikom rewolucji gwałcenie dziewcząt przed egzekucją, były metodą stosowaną przez oprawców i katów działających w organach wywiadu i bezpieczeństwa, co nie ma precedensu w historii nowożytnej.  W tych warunkach Iranki odegrały wybitną rolę w ruchu oporu. W toczącej się przez ostatnie 36 lat walce dziesiątki tysięcy z nich oddało życie za wolność. 52% członków NCRI (Irańskiej Narodowej Rady Oporu) to kobiety. Aszraf w Iraku, siedziba głównej irańskiej grupy opozycyjnej, był zarządzany przez kobiety w najcięższych czasach. PMOI (Organizacji Mudżahedinów Narodu Irańskiego) jest również kierowana przez kobiety, które są awangardą walki z fundamentalizmem. Dziesięciopunktowa platforma dla przyszłego Iranu pani Mariam Radżawi, prezydent-elekt irańskiego Ruchu Oporu obejmuje całkowite zrównanie płci i zniesienie wszelkich form dyskryminacji kobiet. Ponieważ reżim irański jest przodującym rządem fundamentalistycznym i mizoginicznym, ma szerokie możliwości szerzenia tego zła w regionie i na świecie. Opozycja, PMOI, stanowi antytezę takiego fundamentalizmu, gdyż wierzy w prawdziwie demokratyczny i tolerancyjny islam.  Irańscy dysydenci w obozach Aszraf i Liberty, w tym blisko tysiąc kobiet, są w sytuacji kryzysu humanitarnego: wielokrotnie byli atakowaniu przez wojska irackie na polecenie reżimu irańskiego. 116 z nich zginęło w 6 masakrach, a 6 kobiet i jednego mężczyznę uprowadzono. Ponadto 22 mieszkańców obozu Liberty  zmarło w mękach z powodu trwającego nieludzkiego oblężenia wymierzonego w irański Ruch Oporu w Iraku. Uchodźcy, będący osobami chronionymi na mocy IV Konwencji Genewskiej, nie mają dostępu do żywności i leków mimo międzynarodowych apeli o zakończenie niehumanitarnej blokady.   Z uwagi na powyższe fakty:  ·Wzywamy ONZ, USA i UE  do podjęcia natychmiastowych kroków w celu zakończenia nieludzkiej blokady żywnościowej i medycznej oraz zapewnienia bezpieczeństwa w obozie Liberty, szczególnie kobiet, a także do podjęcia pilnego działania w celu uwolnienia 7 mieszkańców obozu Aszraf porwanych przez rząd iracki. ·Biorąc pod uwagę historię systematycznego łamania praw człowieka w Iranie, w szczególności praw kobiet, wzywamy Radę Bezpieczeństwa ONZ do zbadania przerażającej sytuacji panującej w Iranie i wprowadzenia sankcji karnych. ·Popieramy dziesięciopunktową platformę pani Radżawi jako praktyczna droga ustanowienia pokoju, demokracji i praw kobiet w Iranie.

NCRI Women's Committee
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Petitioning Democratic National Committee, Tag a life international, democracy techsquad, naymote partners for democracy development, Organization for youths and election in Botswana, youth initiative for advo...

Close Cameroon Embassy in your country.Help Southern Cameroon avoid a genocide.Save Africa

Close Cameroon Embassies in your countries. Help Southern Cameroon avoid a genocide, save Africa. Please sign our petition and share. We, the peoples of Southern Cameroon call on civil societies, governments, non-governmental organizations, world governing bodies, Pan Africanists, human rights organizations around the world and Africa in particular, to join us in our fight to render justice to a people that have been marginalized for more than half a century by a blood thirsty and uncompromising government. Considering the fact that we have peacefully approached the government of La Republique du Cameroun demanding a return to a federal state as it was prior to the amendments and complete change without consent from both parties, Considering the fact that this peaceful demand has led to a bloodbath, were unarmed civilians have been attacked in the discomfort of their homes, raped, tortured and killed with live ammunitions, Taking into consideration the fact that our children and parents have started disappearing without any trace, the presence of a heavily fortified military in our backyards, on our streets and the continuous hovering of military helicopters in “our” skies planting so much fear in our people, Mindful of the fact that this government has not made any attempts at denying that the peoples of Southern Cameroon have been denied their basic rights to freedom, barred from upholding their own customs and traditions, forced to assimilate a system of government that totally contradicts one that was enshrined in the agreement to federate, forced to divert from their culture, speak a language they are not comfortable with, And finally, mindful of the fact that as Africans, we are not unaware of such behaviours, perpetuated and manifested by our respective demonic regimes if not called to attention, We are seeking your indulgence in brotherhood, our “Africanness” and in the spirit of oneness, to join us in getting rid of this cankerworm that is about to plaque our continent. We call on you to plead with or pressurize your respective governments if need be, to shut down Cameroon Embassies in your respective countries. The regime is currently moving billions of Francs CFA out of the country through diplomats. This, my people, is to make sure the people suffer more when they leave the throne. By signing this petition, you will be adding your voice and by doing so, assuring us, we are together. Please sign and share.  

Shey Hermann
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