Girls Education

18 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to UNICEF, Awut Deng Acuil

Set a minimal age of marriage in order to end child marriage in South Sudan 南スーダンでの児童結婚廃止

Child marriage is any formal marriage or informal union where either one or both of the parties are under the age of 18. Child marriage can happen to both boys and girls, but the cases of girls being involved are far more greater. In most cases, children are forced to drop out of school after they are married. Child marriage also will not save the children out of poverty. Girls are in risk of being pregnant in an early age, when they are both mentally nor physically ready to give birth. South Sudan does not have a minimal age of marriage. 52% of the girls in South Sudan are married before the age of 18, and 9% before 15.  They are ranked fifth in rates of child marriage. They should set a minimal age of marriage, as the first step in ending child marriage. 児童結婚とは、18歳以下の人が結婚する事をさします。これは男女共に起こりうる事なのですが、圧倒的に女性が被害となる事が多いです。ほとんどのケースでは、結婚させられた女子は学校を辞めさせられます。女子は精神的にも肉体的にもまだ早い歳での妊娠のリスクが高まります。南スーダンは結婚できる年齢が定められていません。52%の女の子が18歳になる前に結婚させられます。児童結婚をなくすためにも、結婚できる年齢を定めないといけません。 よろしくお願いします! 

Nancy Sueyoshi
33 supporters
Update posted 5 months 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, 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
283,819 supporters