gender based violence

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Petition to Yoweri Museveni Kaguta

Stand with CERESAV in the Campaign against Acid Attack Violence in Uganda.

After having lived for seven years with an abusive husband, I decided it was time to leave. I didn’t think I would survive another year if I stayed, so in 2011, I walked out the door and broke the crippling silence and isolation the abuse had made me feel. I felt empowered and free and finally looked forward to my future. But because I left my marriage, my husband considered me “disobedient” and, therefore, worthy of punishment. One day, he called me to pick up my children at his house and suddenly acid was thrown at my face and body. The next thing I knew, my face felt as if it were on fire. My skin was  literally melting away. He thought he would break my spirit, but he only made me stronger. Since my attack, I have been fighting to put an end to this horrific practice in my country of Uganda, and I need your help to do it. Please support our petition by asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law. That is my story, but there are many more, each one as harrowing as the last. Acid violence occurs around the globe and isn’t specific to race or religion. My country, Uganda, has some of the highest rates of acid violence. In fact, since 1985, there have been nearly 400 reported cases of acid attacks here, and in just one hospital alone, they have reported 8 attacks and two deaths this year.  And those are just the ones that were reported. The real statistics are likely much higher. My name is Hanifa Nakiryowa, I founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). I founded CERESAV because of my personal experiences, and because of the stories I was told by fellow victims. CERESAV’s ultimate goal is to address the issue of acid attacks and gender violence on a global level, but today we have a chance to make a difference in Uganda by helping to pass legislation that would classify products like acid as controlled substances. Cutting off easy access to acid has proven to  drastically reduce the rate of attacks in other countries.   Research indicates that the most effective ways to reduce acid violence are through regulation of the sale of acid, tougher jail sentences for perpetrators, and raising awareness of the devastating impact that acid attacks have on individuals and their families. Step by step, CERESAV hopes to make all of these things a reality, but we can’t do it alone.   With collective efforts, we can end this devastating act and save the next potential victim. I know we can make a difference. When strong women and fellow victims of female-directed violence, like Jaha who fought to end female genital mutilation, or Malala who is a champion for girls’ education started petitions, great things happened. Please join me by supporting this campaign. Every single contributions goes a long way in transforming many lives and increasing the awareness of the problem. Please join me in asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law.

Hanifa Nakiryowa
283,761 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to United Nations, United Nations (UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C & UN Women)

End Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting by 2030: Invest in Research, and Support in Asia

According to the United Nations, at least 200 million women in 30 countries have been subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). However, these statistics are largely restricted to sub-Saharan Africa and ignore the global scope of the issue. In 2016, a UNICEF report finally included Indonesia as a country where FGM/C is practiced. The release of national data from Indonesia raised the total of girls who have undergone FGM/C from 130 million in 29 countries – as estimated in 2014 – to 200 million in 30 countries. Only 10 million of that increase was due to population growth worldwide. In Indonesia alone, half of girls under the age of 11 have gone through FGM/C.   FGM/C has also been reported in India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Brunei, Russia (Dagestan), Bangladesh, and Iran and amongst diaspora populations around the world migrating from these countries. Yet, Asian countries fall outside the scope of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Accelerate the Abandonment of FGM/C.  As a result, FGM/C survivors from this region are overlooked when it comes to resources, data collection efforts, and advocacy support. But how can we advance gender equality and stop all form of gender violence if we are not inclusive of every country where FGM/C is reported? For Sahiyo, FGM/C isn’t a theoretical issue, it’s personal.  We are an advocacy collective of South Asian survivors of FGM/C. With next to no resources and despite the backlash many of us have faced within our own communities, our advocacy work is starting to pay off.  In the last year, we have place stories in mainstream publications – like the Guardian and Hindustan Times. In 2015, Sahiyo pursued a small scale study to understand the extent of FGM/C amongst the Dawoodi Bohra Indian community and found that 80% of the women had been cut. As you can see from the video above, we are more than just overlooked data points, but survivors with agency who are reclaiming our own stories.  In order to sustain the unprecedented momentum that we have built over the last year, we need the United Nations to take the issue of FGM/C in Asia more seriously.  We need the international community to invest in rigorous data collection not only to better understand the scope of the problem but also to measure progress. Without reliable baselines, it is difficult to understand whether or not our interventions are working. We need to reframe FGM/C away from being a “faraway African problem” to recognizing that the problem is a reality for many communities. We know that FGM/C is rooted in controlling female sexuality and is a form of gender violence.  It cuts across geography, socioeconomic class, religion, and education.  We need the international community, in particular, the United Nations, to broaden the scope of its focus to be more inclusive.  And we need foundations and donor countries to invest in survivor-centered approaches working on data collection, advocacy, and survivor support.   Eliminating FGM/C by 2030 is a global target of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals - it requires FGM/C prevalence to be measured in every country. To truly end FGM/C by 2030, we need all affected communities, including those in Asia, to be supported. We, a coalition of civil society organizations, now call on all relevant bodies to actively include India, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Brunei, Russia (Dagestan) and Bangladesh in all relevant FGM/C campaigns and reports and to commission research on the dynamics of the practice in Asia. More Videos of Women Sharing their Stories: A Pinch of Skin Female Genital Mutilation Survivor Tells Her Story Underground: American Who Underwent Female Genital Mutilation Comes Forward to Help Others Mariya: The Heart Petition Cosigners: Sahiyo  Love Matters India Healthy Tomorrow Orchid Project Equality Now  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation RAHMA FORMA Tahirih Justice Center Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States Point of View Pastoralist Child Foundation Krantikali Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA) The Hands of Hope Foundation Dahlia Project Akshara No FGM Australia Chehak Trust (Sahyog) The Council for Democracy and Tolerance Saheli  Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan Blue Veins Men UNiTE (Men Against Violence And Abuse Alliance Beyond the Hijab Dawn Worldwide Speak out on FGM Keep the Drums, Lose the Knife Hawa Trust Sambhaavnaa Sanctuary for Families Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence National Federation GAMS Women Thrive Alliance

5,843 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Hank Hunt
612,220 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Nakuru County Government Gender Office, Nakuru County Police Coordinator

Stop Sexual and Gender-Based Violence . A Call to Action!

The rate of sexual and gender-based violence in Kenya is increasing dramatically year on year.  In 2016, national statistics show that 22,732 cases of sexual violence were reported to the police in Kenya. Of these, 235 incidents took place in Nakuru County. Since 2014 more than 2000 cases of sexual attacks have been reported. Even more worrying are the statistics of survivors of domestic violence who remain silent and don’t report such cases.  Our research shows that when victims try and report attacks, the police are often unwilling to document their complaint or initiate an investigation. And if the police decide to investigate it, most cases collapse due to lack of evidence and because most witnesses don't want to testify. When gender desks were introduced at police stations it was seen as a move towards the right direction in curbing the high rates of sexual and gender-based violence. But recent research has shown that most of these gender desks are often occupied by male police officers. Male police often fail to understand and document what is happening to female victims, and it is women who often bear the biggest brunt of this form of violence. Therefore, we are calling on residents of Nakuru town and Kenyans to sign a petition to be presented to the Nakuru Gender County Government Office and Nakuru police County Coordinator to seek the establishment of gender desks in local police stations  with a trained female police, especially in counseling to encourage reporting of sexual and gender based violence cases.  

312 supporters