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GENDER EQUALITY

96 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to NASA, Sir Richard Branson, Mr Jeff Bezos, Mr Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Mr Dmitry Rogozin

More Women in Space

We explore space for various reasons. One of them is the hope to encounter unknown matter, alien life forms, or anything that may quench our curiosity, as to why are we here? Are we alone? Or is there a grand scheme in which we play a small role? Our desire to find our place in the universe is one of the reasons we send the best of us to space. Unfortunately, out of 566 people who ever performed space travel, just 11% were women. No woman has ever set her foot on Moon. When ISRO planned Gaganyaan mission to showcase its capability to send humans in low earth orbit, they were forced to shortlist an all-men crew due to the unavailability of female test pilots.  This disparity is an outcome of the deep-rooted issues of gender bias in our societies. Every year, thousands of girls are killed in the womb for want of a male child. When girls do get born, only fortunate one’s are allowed to access education. While accessing education or employment, girls face a hoard of predators, hounding them in broad daylight. In case girls manage to defy impediments to achieve financial freedom, somehow their loyalty to their families becomes questionable. We need to change this. And we start by placing more women in space. NASA plans to send the first woman on Moon in 2024 under its Artemis mission. This act in space will be an inspiring event for girls across the world, struggling against varied forms and degrees of sexism every day. Irrespective of their origin, race, or status, a woman's foot on the moon will be a message to girls that the sky is not the limit, it is the beginning. It will also become a ray of hope, that our newfound equality in space will someday trickle down to earth as well.  Please consider signing this petition. If we may garner enough support on this, we may see more female footprints on celestial bodies, allowing girls their fair share of peace, justice, and equality. I am Aadya Baghel. I am 7 years old. I am that girl who stands up for other girls, and I want to be an astronaut for the love of stars. See you in space! #morewomeninspace

Aadya Baghel
113 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mr. Amit Agarwal, Mr. Jeff Bezos

Amazon India: STOP the sale of all fairness products

When I was in school, be it the Christmas drama play or a skit, I was always made to play the role of Satan because I was dark-skinned, while fair-skinned children were cast as the angel. In class five, I had to play the role of pain and suffering in our school skit. And when the teacher asked another teacher why she assigned me to do that particular role, she said, “Oh, she is dark and she would suit that role perfectly.” Growing up I was always called names. People would say, “Can you please smile? If you smile, then at least we can see your teeth. So in the dark, we will be able to figure out where you are standing.” Such statements used to break my heart and make me feel worthless. There was one point in life where I thought I will not be able to achieve anything and I will not succeed in life. Thanks to the TV ads that sold the idea that if a girl is dark, she cannot study, she cannot succeed in life, or even find the right match, etc. They made me wonder, “Why me?”. They were times I used to cry. I couldn’t sleep properly. I tried different creams, different things, just with the hope that someday I’ll become light and be acceptable in society. I have cursed myself, I have cursed my parents. Every time I prayed, I used to ask God,” Why were you being so partial, why did you have favorites that you had to create someone so ugly and so dark while you created the other person fair-skinned, light and beautiful. Why should that person be me? Sign my petition My confidence took a beating.  I would hesitate to participate in anything, to even come out and talk to people because I was afraid that someone would make comments about my skin tone. I stopped attending weddings and social events. I hardly have any photographs from my growing years because I simply avoided being photographed, especially in groups. All because of the taunts about my dark skin. This has been my story and I don’t want this to happen to any other child or person. It took me a while to realize the problem is not in me. It is with our society and the mindset that believes that only fair is lovely. A society that doesn’t just ask “Is it a boy or a girl” when news of birth comes but also, “is the baby dark or fair?”.  Even the cinema stars today, sometimes come with dusky skin but as they flourish and grow in the industry, they go for lightning treatments and change their color, which is directly telling the generation around them that being dark-skinned is not beautiful. The cosmetics industry has capitalized on this mindset and our collective insecurities by launching a line of fairness creams and brightening products. Sign my petition against it. Last year, a global public outcry over racial attacks forced the biggest cosmetic giant in the world, Unilever, to change the name of their bestselling product Fair and Lovely. It was a significant first step and I hoped other brands would follow.  It’s been a year since but fairness products still continue to be produced, marketed, and sold. I’ve started the campaign because I believe it is important to hold accountable not just the brands but also the platforms that sell them. Like Amazon, the American e-commerce company that occupies 30% of the Indian e-commerce market. Out of curiosity, I searched the word “fairness” on the Amazon shopping site and got over 4000 results.  Sign my petition asking Amazon to stop the sale of all kinds of fair products on their website and app. I believe it will send out a powerful message if Amazon sets a positive example for other e-commerce companies to follow. Amazon can use its influence to help create a world that brings dark-skinned children out of their cocoon and ends the discrimination that has gone on for decades and centuries. The company pulled fairness products from their site in the US after activists pointed out that such products are not only racist but also dangerous as they contain toxic levels of mercury. I believe that this is actionable for the company here in India too.  What will the world be like when Amazon decides to stand up for us? We will all live in a world free from discrimination based on color and caste too. A world where every individual will be valued only for who they are and for their qualities, skills, and capabilities. Only then will society truly progress as a whole. Sign and share #StopSellingColorism #CelebrateYou

SANTA SYLVIA
19,878 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Amisha Jain, Richa Kar, Khatija S. Lokhandwala

Zivame - Include mature (40+age) models in your media and advertising #AgeNotCage

Does enjoying one's life stop at 40? I don't think anyone will agree with this! Well, I was searching for a nice lacy lingerie set and activewear at India's biggest online lingerie store, Zivame. Although the collection is undoubtedly great, I noticed that all the models showcasing them were, most probably in their 20s or 30s. Being a 40+ woman and an aspiring model, I pondered if lacy lingerie or lingerie in general was being sold as a commodity only for women in their 20s or 30s! Are some clothes restricted for a  certain age bracket? Are some brands unconsciously sending a message to people that lacy, sexy lingerie or fancy activewear is only for the women in 20s or 30s and the desire of a 40+ to wear them is wrong? Are women no more fit to become a lingerie model past a certain age? As per a report published in Indiaretailing.com, the Indian innerwear market is estimated to be worth ₹ 32,000 crores , which is 9% of the total domestic fashion retail market. It’s too big a market to be ignored from the perspective of promoting diversity and women empowerment. I have seen a lot of recent campaigns promoting models of all body sizes and complexions - which is a great step forward for body positivity - but I don’t think enough has been done to include models of  all ages  (including 40+) in the league. Ageism (discrimination on the basis of age) decreases one's self respect and self confidence. Let's join our hands together to give equal opportunities to all ages. Zivame is a pioneer in the field of online lingerie stores. Hence, I request the two women leading it to include mature models in their 40s and above in their media and advertising. Doing so will not only boost confidence for women beyond the age of 40 in their changing bodies, but will also pave the way for other platforms to follow suit. This will lead to a change in the mindset of people in our country who think that after 40, women should dress and behave in a certain way. Does one stop having fun after 40? Does one's life stop at 40? Can't one go to the gym or do Mixed Martial Arts after 40 in activewear? Do mature models (40+) only style sarees and salwar kameez?  The CEO of Zivame speaks about inclusivity and comfort in most of her interviews and I really appreciate that Zivame has a special collection for curvy women too. I believe that Zivame is a lingerie brand that has changed the entire branding of the product by catering different sections. The brand thinks about 'her' and I am that 'her' who insists on making this inclusive brand even more inclusive by crushing ageism. One small step from the company will place the brand at par with other international brands. Let us together make an effort to make this section of modeling more diverse and socially aware. Women empowerment is not only about all colours and all sizes, but also about all ages. Let us bring more inclusivity and diversity in the industry by taking this step of crushing ageism. Join me in signing the petition to ask Zivame to include mature models ( 40+) in their media and advertising. #AgeNotCage #LingerieHasNoAge

Geeta J.
22,619 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Mamata Banerjee, Firhad Hakim, Debabrata Majumder, Binod Kumar

Stop Dumping Our Pads - Segregate & Treat Them in a Safe Disposal Method #BloodSafai

1800 elephants! That's how much menstrual waste generated annually in India can weigh. If you want the exact measurements, it comes down to approximately 9000 tonnes of just menstrual waste. Waste management is a far more complex activity than it seems, and one where getting the right solution is exceptionally crucial. And menstrual waste is the 1800 elephants in the room that need to be acknowledged now more than ever. The conversation about menstruation in India is an enormous task in itself due to the number of myths and taboos that surround it. But with everything that is happening in the world, we cannot give precedence to age-old restrictions over extreme environmental damage that the lack of conversation causes. 9000 tonnes of menstrual waste, composed primarily of sanitary napkins made of 90% plastic can only mean harm to the environment, soil, marine animals, and sanitation workers, to name a few. The complete degradation of a single such sanitary product would take approximately 800-900 years. Sign my petition to help combat this problem.  In 2016, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) brought in the new Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM). This placed menstrual wastes under the category of solid wastes and required the respective treatment and disposal of it. In an ideal world, we would not be championing this cause. But, given the inaction in policy-level implementation it becomes necessary for us to demand action on implementation of the rules.  Kolkata has come under the scanner, time and again, for its waste management practices. With over 1 million sanitary pads being generated monthly, the absolute need for the segregation and incineration of menstrual wastes arises. Used sanitary products, more often than not, find themselves in local water bodies and/or any available ground. And this is why I am asking the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for better methods of disposal and the correct treatment of menstrual wastes. While there are sustainable alternatives, women are often not able to access them due to their inexplicably high price, general lack of awareness, social stigma and unavailability. It is our responsibility to push the authorities to perform their respective duties correctly and to the best of their abilities.  A signature from you can help us fight in our small way for a greater good. 12 billion pads disposed of annually, each of which takes 800 years to decompose. Our demand from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation - Stop dumping our pads. Segregate and treat them!  Help us with your one signature, and share this petition so it reaches more people. Act now!  Image courtesy: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/waste/is-green-menstruation-possible--64796

Prakshi Saha
80,802 supporters