girls rights

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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  Thank you for your support.

Sydney and Bryan Ireland
6,629 supporters
This petition won 1 year 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
66,795 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Global Partnership for Education, Global Partnership for Education

Fund 12 Years of Education for Girls Around the World

A message from Malala Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala Fund and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate: Sometimes people ask me, why is it important for girls to go to school? I think the more important question to ask is, why shouldn’t girls have the right to go to school? My courageous friend, sixteen year-old Muzoon from Syria, goes from tent to tent in her refugee camp in Jordan encouraging girls to stay in school. My sister Amina from the North of Nigeria, where Boko Haram threatens girls for simply wanting to learn, mentors younger girls who continue to want to go to school. There are over 60 million of our sisters around the world who share a thirst for education, yet do not have the opportunity to go to school or who have to drop out too soon. Together we can change that. In September, world leaders will commit to 12 years of free, safe, quality primary and secondary education for every girl and every boy in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This commitment holds tremendous promise for my sisters demanding more for their lives. But a commitment only counts if a commitment is kept. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) must lead the way in upholding this commitment, just as it has led way in supporting 9 years of education for millions of children to date. The GPE is a major funder of education in some of the world’s poorest countries. It makes possible incredible work to help students all over the world, every day. When countries give money in foreign aid for education lots of it goes to the GPE, and in December its Board of Directors will determine how that money will be used by over 60 nations around the world.   But currently the GPE’s focus is on funding 9 years of free, quality education for girls in these countries. We are asking that the GPE Board vote to expand its focus to a full 12 years of primary and secondary education and that GPE partners step up and give more money so that girls are given the opportunity to complete secondary schooling. A change like this will have a dramatic effect on the lives of millions of girls around the world who will be able to go on to become the leaders, teachers, scientists that they want to be and that our world needs. I am blessed everyday to wake up and know that I can receive a free, quality primary and secondary education, but I shouldn’t be the exception. Now is the time for us to join our voices and make a change for our sisters around the world. Stand with us and ask the GPE and its partners to lead the way on 12 years of primary and secondary schooling for girls through committing to mobilise the money necessary to achieve it.  #WithMalala

Malala Yousafzai
1,108,107 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to U.S. Department of State, John Kerry

Grant Gloria a Visa to Get an Education #LetGloriaLearn

In 2014, my family and I made the decision to leave our home in Indiana and move to Uganda for 7 months as volunteers at one of the country’s many orphanages. There are over 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, and we wanted to do what we could to help. That is where we met Gloria. Alone since the age of 7, she had been living in the orphanage for half her life. Her story is tragic, but not uncommon in her home country. Gloria’s mother was brutally murdered by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was only 3, and her father passed four years later. When my family and I met her, we were immediately struck by her passion for education, and her deep desire to become a midwife and to help other young women in her home country. But as a young orphan girl in Uganda, her options for schooling were scarce and her chance to see that future was uncertain. That was when we made the decision to help ensure that Gloria could get the education she would need in order to achieve her dreams. The pieces all began to fall into place: Gloria was able to secure acceptance at the International School of Indiana, and I applied to sponsor her F1 student visa. My family and I also agreed to cover any additional costs for her stay and studies in the U.S. Gloria was so excited, and we spoke often of her future and how much she could help her community when she returned with a diploma. But then we learned the devastating news that the U.S. government had denied Gloria’s visa. Shockingly, we were told that her visa was denied because, as an orphan, the government claimed she did not have enough ties in Uganda to ensure her return. This young woman who wants so desperately to learn and use her education to make her country a better place is the best example of what humanity should strive for -- she should not be denied her future simply because she is an orphan. My family, the orphanage where Gloria lives in Uganda, and Gloria herself are all dedicated to following the letter of the law, and Gloria is committed to returning to Uganda when she completes her studies. All we want is to ensure that she has the same opportunity for a high quality education as our own children have, and that she can then use it to create a brighter future for herself and her community. Denying Gloria this opportunity, precisely because she is an orphan, is not what we should stand for as a country. Now more than ever, we need to empower and give girls like Gloria the chance at a better future. Unfortunately, the government has already denied our appeal, again citing Gloria’s lack of family ties. The only path forward would be for the State Department to consider a new visa application, and to accept it this time. The decision to help one girl can impact many more. Now more than ever, we need to make great educations accessible for everyone. Please join us in pushing for the State Department to Let Gloria Learn. #LetGloriaLearn  

Jared Hill
146,357 supporters