Topic

girls rights

14 petitions

This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Secretary of Education

Release the Names of Secondary Schools Under Investigation for Mishandling Cases of Sexual Assault

Last year multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. Their peers blamed and shamed them, and the school administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases. The perpetrator wasn’t arrested until we formed the group Yes All Daughters and staged a protest in response to the school administration's mishandling of these cases. We must hold schools like Norman High accountable for their inaction. Sign our petition to tell the Department of Education it is time they release the names of secondary schools under investigation for the criminal negligence of sexual assault cases. High school girls are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault, yet too many schools nationwide are not being proactive in combating rape and sexual violence among their students. After our protest at Norman High School, Oklahoma passed a law to train teachers and administrators on how to respond to survivors of sexual assault to prevent further re-victimization. This year we helped pass key provisions of the Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 – a law that requires schools to implement education programs to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Under Title IX, every student has the right to go to school free from sexual harassment and gender-based violence and discrimination. This includes bullying of sexual assault survivors. In most cases administrators fail to understand their obligation under the law to protect victims. Incompetence in sexual assault cases is far too common. It is the responsibility of administrators to protect our children, and when they fail to do so they must be held accountable. Over the past few years the epidemic of sexual assault at colleges and universities has become national news. The Department of Education released a list of colleges and universities under investigation for Title IX violations in their handling of sexual assault cases -- but this information is not available publicly for middle and high schools. Join us in demanding the Department of Education publish the list of high schools being investigated for violating Title IX. Learn more about Yes All Daughters Learn more about SafeBAE  

Yes All Daughters
66,709 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Randall L. Stephenson, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Tell the Boy Scouts to End Discrimination Against Young Women

I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me. I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby, it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting and 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts. Of the current Congress, 191 members were involved in Scouting, 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting, and many of them are Eagle Scouts. The facts say it all -- high-level Scouting creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes a chance at success in the global community. Unfortunately for me and half the country’s population, we are excluded from most of these amazing opportunities for no reason other than that we are female. That’s why I’m calling on the BSA to end the discriminatory ban against young women and girls, and allow all children to participate in the Boy Scouts and earn the Eagle Rank. In most countries, Scouting is co-ed. International Scouting appreciates that separating children by gender is an artifact from a bygone era. The BSA has opened a few programs to girls and young women, but the Scouts exclude us from joining Scout Troops, and we are not eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the most advanced, and most challenging leadership program they have. Boy Scouting teaches young people to be strong leaders. I, and many young women like me, want this chance at the best leadership training for our youth. Women can now hold all combat roles, and have already earned Bronze and Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts in war. Women have leadership roles in government, business, academia and entertainment. Imagine what else would be possible for women with Eagle Scout training.... Under the leadership of former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, the Boy Scouts recently ended anti-gay policies, allowing all boys and LGBT adults full membership in Scouting.  The Boy Scouts should now end discriminatory policies based on gender, welcoming all children to participate in Scouting, including young women and girls.   I know I could rise through the ranks and become an Eagle Scout alongside the best of the boys -- all I need is the opportunity. Please join us in calling on the Boy Scouts to allow all children to participate in Scouting and earn the Eagle Rank. Please sign our petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. We can be reached at ScoutingLetMeIn@gmail.com.  Thank you for your support. Photo credit: Yasmeen Khan at WNYC. 

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
9,453 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to US School Boards, Department of Education, Ronnie L. McGehee

Dress Codes are humiliating objectifying, and sexualizing girls with the school dress code

HEY! Do I have your attention? OR do I need to show my bra straps or midriff to get that? I am a 14 year old student in my 9th grade year. I want to send a wake up call to the school boards all over the United States. It is time for a change! #letsmovemountains We are TIRED of missing out on valuable education because of the dress code! We are SICK of being objectified by unequally enforced dress codes! News alert, your dress code is perpetuating rape culture and oppressive objectification towards women. It’s time for change. The black, white, and grey areas of the dress codes are not even equally enforced within the schools. Some girls can’t wear cool shorts and tank tops in extreme heat without facing immediate detention, yet cheerleaders can wear uniforms that violate the dress code. Boys are allowed to run around the track, or even the parking lot during school hours with NO shirt on, but girls can’t show a shoulder blade? Men are rarely told that their arms, legs, stomachs, backs, shoulders… (their whole body?!) are a problem… a distraction. They are most often seen as human beings and not objects. Yet, EVERY time a handbook with these dress codes is handed out, every assembly to talk about what we cannot wear that takes time away from our classroom, every single day in our schools we are teaching girls that their bodies are something to be ashamed of. The dress codes girls face in our daily life are promoting an oppressive objectification towards women. Each time a girl is pulled away from her education because of the clothes they wear or the color of their hair, you are ROBBING her of education. You are HUMILIATING her in front of her peers. You are SHAMING her. You are SEXUALIZING a young woman and encouraging others to do so, too. This needs to stop now. Instead, take the time to teach the BOYS that girls are not objects. And while you're at it, teach the girls that they are not objects and have nothing to be ashamed of in an effort  to remove some of the pressure society has placed where it doesn't belong. A woman should never have to cover parts of her body based on a man not being able to control his thoughts, and more importantly, his actions. According to a study by the American Association of University Women, in 2000, of the 2,064 students surveyed, 83% of girls said they had been sexually harassed at school and 38% said they were sexually harassed by teachers or employees (Hostile Hallways, 2001). Only 10% reported their harassment. Do you think this is because they were wearing tank tops? Maybe because their shorts were too short? No, it’s because all through growing up, boys get the excuse that boys will be boys and girls are faced with dress codes that teach them that if they are objectified, if they are harassed, and even if they are assaulted, it was because of something they did. Is this the world we want to create for the future? We are collecting signatures to show you that we want to create a change that gives all students a better education experience. We want to CHANGE the way girls and women are viewed as distractions. We just want an equal opportunity for education.   “Hostile Hallways”. American Association of University Women. 2001. Retrieved October 10, 2017.

Jennifer Bruce
412 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Boy Scouts of America, Michael Surbaugh, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Forrest Gertin

Let youth female Boy Scouts into the Order of the Arrow!

As of October 11, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America made history as they finally announced that they would be allowing girls into their program in 2018, and letting girls earn the rank of Eagle Scout (the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn) in 2019. We've been fighting for this for over 4 years now and I am jubilant that it is happening, however, we still have a long way to go.  The Order of the Arrow is a Boy Scout Honor Society that is youth led and recognizes Scouts who go above and beyond in service and leadership. The problem with this is that girls cannot be initiated into the OA until they are 21, when they are considered adults in the Boy Scouts. This is unfair to youth girls who put a lot of time and effort into scouting and helping others because they deserve a chance to be members of the OA as a youth. If we are going to let girls into the Boy Scout program as Boy Scouts, we should also let them be apart of all the things Boy Scouts have an opportunity to partake in. So let's raise awareness on this issue and hopefully get this rule changed so that young girls like me,Sydney, and thousands of other girls can do what they've always wanted to do!   Please sign my petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. I can be reached at girlsintheoa@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support!

Girls In the OA
86 supporters