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Girls Education

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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 Change.org 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
281,328 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Donald Trump, President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Get an all-girls Afghan robotics team visas to come to the USA by July 13

You might have recently heard about the Muslim Ban that puts heavy locks on those from 7 primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States, this ban has ripped apart families and prevented even grandparents of citizens from gaining entry to the US. Because of this ban an All-Girls Afghan robotics team was denied visa's to come to the USA to participate in a FIRST robotics competition, yet their robot will be participating in the competition without them. FIRST Robotics is a worldwide robotics competition where people are able to enter their robot into a competition and then are judged based on that robot and their presentation of it. This very special group of girls built a good enough robot that they were accepted into the FIRST Global Challenge held in Washington DC, and while teams from Syria and Sudan were granted Visa's to enter the US, this group of extraordinary girls were not. I would like to get these girls Visa's to enter the US so that they can attend their robotics competition and properly compete with their robot. Competitive High School Robotics is a large program, and to properly compete you often need to be on the scene with the robot to make sure that it functions properly. However, this group of girls will be forced to stay in Afghanistan and watch their robot compete from thousands of miles away. This group of extraordinary young women not only built a robot and entered it in FIRST, but then trekked 500 miles to the American Embassy in Kabul twice, in hopes of obtaining 7-day-visas only to be denied twice. In a country where the  These girls are a rarity in themselves. In America, attending a robotics competition, it is highly uncommon to see all-girls teams, often you see a smattering of girls at these competitions. However, in Afghanistan robotics doesn't play as big of a part of their culture as it does here. In fact, as quoted by Roya Mahboob who found Citadel Software Company 'Robotics is very, very new in Afghanistan.' This is not to mention the difficulty of gaining a good education in Afghanistan as a girl and the possibility of even risking one's life simply to go to school (as shown by 2016 acid attacks). I hope you'll join me in this fight to get these girls visa's into the US so that they can attend their competition and help correct a glaring point of injustice against Muslims, women, and those from Afghanistan.

Clara Chun
190 supporters