Women's Rights Are Human Rights: Condemn the Horrific Gang Rape in Delhi, Empower Public Safety
Public Safety for Women in India has become a bigger concern due to the recent death of the gang rape victim in Delhi. A great deal of support is needed to cause change on this issue. I am an American and I have found it challenging to use public buses in India without experiencing some form of molestation. I was assaulted last year in Delhi on a business trip. The police showed complete disinterest until I involved the US embassy. It was a tough battle. One of my friends sustained fractures to his skull while trying to protect me and the security guard standing nearby watched the whole thing and then ran away. The manager of the security guard, who I later reached out to, blamed us for being out at night.
The support of many different organizations, communities, and individuals will be needed to help drive change on this issue.
I have worked for a fortune 500 for many years. I have seen their genuine and powerful commitment to the communities they serve. We come together now as a global community to empower public safety for women in India.
Enforcement is Key. Economic strength is a major change agent. Let us partner with American companies doing business in India to help drive lasting change.
Your support is crucial.
The companies in this petition are known for their strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, civic duty, and governance. They have been recognized and ranked under “America’s Most Reputable Companies” by Forbes, 2012. Their products and services have been deemed a global standard. Their deep commitment to their employees, customers, and the communities they serve differentiate them as best in class.
American companies form the majority of the foreign companies operating in India while also being one of the top sources of foreign direct investment in India. They have joint ventures, back office operations, manufacturing, IT services, retail, financial services, and customer service call centers in India.
I am requesting that these companies condemn this atrocious act against this young woman so that safety for women in public spaces is addressed quickly and appropriately. This will strengthen their brand worldwide as their employees and customers engage deeply with the genuine concern they have for the communities they serve.
Their powerful voice will comfort millions of families who are concerned for the safety of their daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers. Their support will empower lawmakers to keep their focus on this issue and ensure that effective safeguards are put in place.
- CEO, Supervalu; CEO, Sears; CEO, McDonald's; CEO, Gap; CEO, Allstate
CEO, Eli Lilly; CEO, NY Life; CEO, Starbucks; CEO, Dupont
- CEO, Pfizer; CEO, Amex; CEO, GM; CEO, Prudential; CEO, CenturyLink
CEO, UnitedHealth; CEO, Tyson Foods; CEO,Liberty Mutual Insurance
- CEO, Verizon; CEO, Morgan Stanley; CEO, Archer Daniels Midland
CEO, AutoNation; CEO, Bank of NY Mellon; CEO, Merck; CEO, Wal-Mart
- CEO, Excel Energy; CEO, Nationwide Insurance; CEO, Time Warner
CEO, Cigna; CEO, Progressive; CEO, Delta Airlines; CEO, Dow
- CEO, DirecTV; CEO, Chevron; CEO, United Airlines; CEO, JP Morgan Chase
CEO, Valero Energy; CEO, Viacom; CEO, AT&T; CEO, Aetna; CEO,Sprint
- CEO, Wells Fargo; CEO, American Airlines; CEO, Altria Group; CEO, ExxonMobil
CEO, US Airways; CEO, ConocoPhillips; CEO, Comcast; CEO, Dish Network
- CEO, News Corporation; CEO, AIG; CEO, Citigroup; CEO, Bank of America
- Kraft Foods
- CEO, Con-Agra; CEO, Bristol-Myers; CEO, Amgen; CEO, Chubb
CEO, Ebay; CEO, MetLife; CEO, Baxter; CEO, WellPoint; CEO, Motorola
- CEO, Abbott; CEO, Cisco; CEO, Honeywell; CEO, Ford; CEO, Xerox
CEO, HP; CEO, Whirlpool; CEO, Home Depot; CEO, Microsoft
- General Mills
- CEO, Kellog's; CEO, Amazon; CEO, UPS; CEO, Coca-Cola
CEO, General Mills; CEO, Kraft Foods; CEO,Johnson & Johnson
- CEO, Lowe's; CEO, Google; CEO, Colgate-Palmolive; CEO, Deere
CEO, Apple; CEO, PepsiCo,; CEO, Procter&Gamble; CEO, Sara Lee
- CEO, IBM; CEO, HJ Heinz; CEO, GE; CEO, Target; CEO, Fedex
CEO,Berkshire-Hathaway; CEO, Walt Disney; CEO, Texas Instruments
- CEO, Avon; CEO, Caterpillar; CEO, Kimberly-Clark; CEO,Boeing
CEO, Goodyear; CEO, 3M; CEO, Medtronic; CEO,JC Penney; CEO, Intel
- Southwest Airlines
The recent horrific gang rape of the young woman in Delhi has become a watershed event for the world’s largest democracy. Unprecedented protesting in the capital city has put increasing pressure on lawmakers to crack down on enforcement and fast-track the court system. It will take too long and cost too many lives unless we come together as civic and corporate communities to unite and empower real change. We need your support.
You are known for your strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, civic duty, and governance. You have been recognized as “America’s Most Reputable Companies” by Forbes, 2012. In today’s global market your products and services have been deemed a global standard. Your deep commitment to your employees, customers, and the communities you serve differentiate you as best in class.
American companies form the majority of the foreign companies operating in India while also being one of the top sources of foreign direct investment in India. You have joint ventures, back office operations, manufacturing, IT services, retail, financial services, and customer service call centers in India.
I am writing to you because of your business presence in India. I am requesting that you condemn this atrocious act against this young woman so that safety for women in public spaces is addressed quickly and appropriately.
There are meaningful actions that can be taken. Thank you for everything you currently do to empower public safety. Here are a few thoughts:
1. Provide clear signage to identify buses, and other transport, used by your company.
2. Partner with stakeholders (employees, customers, communities), to offer resources such as self-defense classes, support groups.
3. Offer workplace diversity or cultural competence training.
These ideas empower public safety and general well-being.
This will further your brand promise as your employees, customers, and communities connect with your genuine concern for their well-being.
Yours is a powerful voice which will comfort millions of families throughout India who fear for the safety of their daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers. Your support will also empower lawmakers to keep their focus on this issue and ensure that effective safeguards are put in place.
Please consider what we can achieve if civic and corporate communities the world over worked hand in hand on this issue.
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