gender based violence

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Petition to Abay Weldu President of Tigray regional State, Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn,, Werkineh Gebeyehu, Minister of the Foreign Ministry of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Tigray Region Police Commission, Federal Police Commission of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Human right's Commission

Ethiopian Acid Attack Victim Atsede Nigusse Seeks Justice | የኣሲድ ጥቃት ሰለባዋ ኣጸደ ንጉሰ ፍትህ ትሻለች

ኣማርኛ ከስር ይመልከቱ፤ We appeal to the government of Tigray regional state of Ethiopia, the government of the Federal Democratic republic of Ethiopia, the Federal democratic republic Foreign Affairs and their respective security organs, to arrest a criminal known by the name Kahsay Teklehaimanot Beyene, who is in hiding after pouring a devastating acid  on his wife and the mother of his 5 years old son, Atsede Nigusse. On July 15, 2017, Atsede sustained severe burns on her head  with unspeakable injury on her face, eyes, ears and shoulders. Currently, Atsede is receiving medical treatment in Thailand using meager resources raised by friends and fellow men and women from her country. Her medical report indicates that her damage might result in, or is likely to result in, permanent disability including but not limited to sight impairments, loss of hearing, physical deformation and mental harm or suffering. More traumatic is that her husband, Kahsay Teklehaimanot, who caused her this unsurmountable suffering is not arrested till-to-date and is threatening her family of further assault. We believe this is more than an attack on an individual and more it is an attack on all of us. It is also an attack on the rule of law and social justice. Aboveall, it is an assault on the fundamental principles of the United Nations human rights concerns to which Ethiopia is a signatory party. The United Nations defines violence against women as any act of gender-based violence to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. In all measurements, Atsede has been victim of all forms human rights violence. However, it is too painful to see the human rights violators going free and no one is caring about the loss of the individual and the Universal logics of human rights. Hence, we are calling to the government of Tigray regional state, and the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to give Asede a swift justice using all security apparatuses and diplomatic relations. ---------------------------------------------------------------- የኣሲድ ጥቃት ሰለባ የሆነችው ኣጸደ ንጉሰ ፍትህ ትሻለች ኣጸደ ንጉሴ የተባለችው የዓዲግራት ከተማ ነዋሪ ሃምሌ 16/2009 ባላሰበችው ሁኔታ በባለቤቷ ኣማካኝነት ኣሲድ ጥቃት ደርሶባት መላው ጭንቅላቷ እና ደረቷ ኩፉኛ የመቃጠል ኣደጋ ደርሶባት ለተወሰነ ጊዜ ኣገር ውስጥ የህክምና ድጋፍ ሲደረግላት ከቆየ በኋላ በኣሁኑ ወቅት በታይላንድ ኣገር በሚገኝ ኣንድ ሆ ስፒታል ውስጥ ህክምናዋን እየተከታተለች ትገኛለች። ይሁንና የጤናዋ ሁኔታ መሻሻል ካለማሳየቱም በላይ ኣይኖቿ፣ጆሮዋ እና ሌሎች የሰውነቷ ክፍሎች የማጣት ኣደጋ ደርሶባታል። ከጤናዋ መታወክ ባሻገር ደግሞ ይህ ኣረሜናዊ ጥቃት ያደረሰባት ባለቤቷ እና የልጇ ኣባት የሆነ ካሕሳይ ተክለሃይማኖት በየነ ህግ ፊት ቀርቦ  ተገቢውን ቅጣት ኣለማግኘቱ እንደ እግር እሳት እያንገበገባት ይገኛል። ይህ ሁናቴ የኣንድ ሰው ጥቃት ተደርጎ መወሰድ ኣይገባውም ይልቁንም በሁላችን ላይ እንደደረሰ ጥቃት ይቆጠራል። የተባበሩት መንግስታት የሰብኣዊ መብት ድንጋጌ እንዲሁም ኢትዮጵያ የፈረመችባቸው ዓለም ኣቀፍ ህጎች መሰል ጥቃቶች ተከታትሎ በተፋጠነ የፍትሕ ሒደት ተጎጂዎች የህግ ምላሽ የሚያገኙበት ኣሰራር እንዲኖር ያዛል። ኣሁን እየታየ ያለው ግን ከዚሁ ዓለም ኣቀፍ ህግ በተቃራኒ ወንጀለኛው ሃይ የሚለው ኣለመኖሩና ወንጀለኛውም በዚሁ የልብልብ ተሰምቶት ለተቀሩት ቤተሰቦቿ እየደወለ ተመሳሳይ ድርጊት እንደሚፈጽምባቸው እየዛተባቸው ይገኛል። በመሆኑም ጉዳዩ የሚመለከታቸው የኢትዮጵያ መንግስት ኣካላት ማንኛውም የ ሴኩሪቲ እና ዲፕሎማሲያዊ መንገድ በመጠቀም ወንጀለኛውን ካለበት (ከኣገር ውጭም ቢሆን) ተይዞ በቁጥጥር ስር በማዋል የህግ ቅጣት እንዲያገኝ እንዲያደርግ ጥርያችን እናቀርባለን።

Tsega Nigusse
524 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Yoweri Museveni Kaguta

Urge Ugandan President Museveni to pass the acid attack bill now.

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, and my fellow acid attack survivor Gloria Kankunda and I have founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). We founded CERESAV because of our personal experiences, and because of the stories we were 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 in asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law.

Hanifa Nakiryowa
281,782 supporters
Update posted 4 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
609,831 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Academic Senate, Dylan Rodriguez

Pass the Gender and Sexuality Studies Requirement

*We had a petition that received over 300 people in support but since this requirement has taken so long to go through the Academic Senate it has termed out. Education is a university’s most powerful and appropriate tool for addressing gender inequality and gender-related violence on campus. In light of numerous recent incidents exposing UC campuses as often hostile or unsafe environments for women students, the need to step up educational interventions is clear. The evidence is mounting that students would benefit from critical attention to the intersections of gender and violence. For instance, the Obama administration’s investigation of the mishandling of sexual assault cases on two UC campuses; the recent shootings at UC Santa Barbara described by the male perpetrator as retribution for not receiving the sexual attention from women he believed he deserved; the hostile climate created annually by massive photographic displays of aborted fetuses in the center of UC campuses; and the role of sexism and the objectification of women in the entertainment culture of the university. Two recent examples specific to UCR illustrate the latter problem quite clearly. During Ludacris’ recent performance at UCR’s Spring Splash, he called out to students about “UCR girls giving UCR head!” While sex itself is not the problem, and sex has its place in campus life, we believe UCR has an obligation to teach students to recognize that women are almost always the objects in such representations, and men the agents. This pattern of objectifying women for students’ entertainment was also demonstrated during winter quarter, when UCR’s Associated Students Program Board brought the Adult Swim inflatable funhouse to campus. The funhouse, displayed in the center of campus, featured an exit where students slid through the giant, inflatable open legs of a woman’s body. Arguably, the sort of climate created by these incidents feeds into the stream of sexual violence at UC Riverside.1 A greater awareness of the systems that oppress women, men, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identified people can be a powerful influence in a university setting where sexual assault, rape, bullying, and hazing are known to occur.  In light of the normalization of misogyny and gendered violence in the broader culture, we feel it is naïve for us to imagine that UCR students will have the critical thinking skills necessary to question these forces—unless students have been provided with the training and skills to do so. Through inclusion of gender in UCR’s general education program, the campus can take the needed steps to accomplish its goal of, "[setting] an example of respect for all people," as its own Principles of Community stress [3]. As a university that prides itself on academic achievement and a climate of respect, UCR’s investment in gender studies will position the campus as a national and global leader that teaches students not only about the crisis of rape culture (on campuses, in the military, and beyond) but also about the central role of gender in shaping how labor is divided, how products are sold, how wars are justified, how children are raised, and almost every other realm of social life. All students at UCR are required to fulfill an ethnicity requirement by taking one ethnic studies course. This requirement has been a great success, and has helped to promote diversity and student awareness of racial and ethnic inequality in society. Gender and sexuality, in intersection with race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, also profoundly shape people’s life chances, their status in society, their sense of self, and their capacity for self-determination. Arguably, it is UCR’s obligation to offer students some insight into the workings of such a powerful and ubiquitous force—if only so that students may be effective at the work they do upon graduation. For instance, many UCR students go on to become teachers in California public high schools, and as mandated by SB 48, teachers in California schools must offer their students some instruction in LGBT history. Of course, to do this effectively, teachers must themselves have training in LGBT history. This is but one example of the direct link between education in genera and sexuality and effectiveness in the very fields that UCR students are most likely to enter.

Summer Shafer
50 supporters