Petition to Mr. Tomoo Hozumi, Country Director, Ms. Wenny Kusuma, Ms. Valarie Julliand
No distribution of sanitary pads where no proper disposal means available
Where as, SDG Goal 12 states "By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse", specifically Goal 12 Indicator 12.4.1 states Reduce the use of plastics Goal 14 under UN's Sustainable Development Goals states - "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources"; On Feb, 17th, UN Environment declared "War on Plastic" http://www.unep.org/newscentre/un-declares-war-ocean-plastic; In the blog at the UN's Sustainable Development Goals site, there are multiple videos from experts about the plastic pollution in the oceans - http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2017/06/plastic-pollution-in-the-ocean-is-alarming-experts-say/ Where as, Sanitary pads UNICEF, UNFPA and other UN agencies are distributing are one time disposable pads that are made up of plastic, bleached rayon and cotton in Nepal as indicated by these photos of UNICEF Nepal's facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/unicefnepal/posts/1640102439367845 and additional pictures of distribution from the distribution sites In Terai (southern part of Nepal heavily impacted by flood), there are no sanitary pad incinerators installed for disposal Most of the domestic waste end up in rivers of Terai Rivers are livelihood for fishing community in Terai and the banks of rivers and rivulets are play ground children There is still extreme practice of caste system, where specific ethnicity will be forced to clean up the clogged rivers and rivulets without proper equipment event as simple as gloves, boots or masks The photos taken on August 22nd 2017, at Hatkhola, Singhiya River in Morang shows the river already littered with plastic waste and the disposable sanitary pads will be yet another additional to the river banks Where as, From the UN cluster logs, it is understood that many partners in WASH cluster including the UN agencies have already distributed hundreds of dignity kits and are ON-track to procure thousands more to distribute in the Terai region Most of the women in Terai are used to cotton cloth nappies, that are washable and reusable and environmental friendly and already being used since time immemorial Where as, The environment problems posed by mass adoption of non-biodegradable sanitary pads are already highly visible in India - http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chargesheet/why-we-need-a-proper-menstrual-waste-disposal-system/ We demand UN and other WASH cluster partners, Protection cluster partners and the entire agencies working in relief in Terai right now and for future disaster To remove sanitary pad as one of their relief items immediately from their relief package To introduce items that will facilitate women to better clean their cotton nappies such as washing soaps, or buckets, and drying ropes Introduce environment friendly cotton clothes that costs a LOT less than the sanitary napkins that are being provided. They will be used over and over and over again, until they can't be used anymore. OR introduce environment friendly alternative to disposable sanitary pad that are culturally acceptable Ensure UN itself does not inadvertently dilute its own Sustainable development goal agenda that is much needed Ensure UN - the United Nations does not inadvertently become the sales representative of the multi-billion dollar sanitary towel making industry by forcing sanitary pad on a community that uses environmentally friendly cotton pads
Petition to Government of Nepal
Recognize home based workers in Nepal
Home-based workers (HBWs) are workers who work from their homes and earn for survival and ensuring the financial stability of their households. The number of HBWs in Nepal is estimated to be around 2.2 million of which the majority are women. These Home-based workers usually belong to the poor, lower or lower-middle income backgrounds, are among the most unprivileged members of society, from various age groups, possess very little or no education at all. However, they accounts for 70% to 86% of Nepal's total employment in the non-agricultural sector. Despite their economic contribution, they have virtually no social protection due to lack of formal recognition by the government. More than 50 percent of the HBWs work almost seven days a week with no operational safety and health standards in their work area, and almost 50 percent of the them earns less than NPR 2000 (USD 20) in a week from home based works. Up until today, the government of Nepal has made no law to govern these workers, to set the minimum wage standards nor defend their social security. Neither the informal sector workers have been properly assisted with labor inspection. It is urgent for Nepal government to review it’s current national policies and make necessary amendments to promote equality of treatment between home based workers and other wage earners, mandates fair wages, provide them with the minimum labor standard, and mostly importantly, give them the recognition that they deserve.
Petition to Ang Tshering Sherpa
Change the name of Mt. Everest back to Sagarmatha/Chomolungma to truly end colonial era
The highest peak in the world is known by the name Sagarmatha, meaning "Forehead (or Goddess) of the Sky", by the Nepalese. In Tibet, it goes by the name Chomolungma, meaning "Mother Goddess of the Universe". It was butchered to Mt. Everest in the British colonial period in order to "honour" a man who had nothing to do with the mountain, Mr. George Everest. He was the Surveyor General of INDIA, working for the ENGLISH. This had NOTHING to do with NEPAL and TIBET. In the dark colonial era of the Indian sub continent, neither Nepal nor Tibet was ever under the British rule. The English Surveyor General preceding Mr. Everest decided to name a mountain not under his legal territory, completely disregarding the history of the mountain, its name, its people and its significance in their lives, in pure colonial style. If Denali ("the high one"), the highest peak in North America, can get back its formal honour from its "Whitewashed" name Mt. McKinley, then so can our Everest. The only title that should be used with "Everest" is "Mr.", not "Mt.". Let the HIGHEST PEAK IN THE WORLD remain untainted from cruel colonial past.
Petition to Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Department of Roads, Metropolitan Traffic Police Department, PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal
Install Traffic Lights in Kathmandu
Kathmandu has been facing a growing number of traffic snags, ranging from jams to fatal accidents. Let's admit it; we all have frustrated at the situation of traffic control in this city. The erratic chaos and the complete inability of the traffic department to stem this growing problem has earned our marked dissatisfaction. Often, we have to wait no less than 15 minutes just to go to the other side of the Chowk. A 10 minutes' drive lengthens into an hour's journey. Whether it be from Chabahil to Naya Baneshwor, or Jawalakhel to New Road, we have become so normalised by this complete disarray that we do not care anymore. But as people who contribute to a better tomorrow, we must care. This isn't another day as usual. This is the result of the complete apathy of the authorities -- who turn a blind eye -- to improve this situation in the capital. How much more can we, as citizens of this city, tolerate this mayhem? We are clearly frustrated from this situation, which can easily be remedied by better traffic control. This petition exists as to petition and pressure the authorities to switch from manual traffic control to an electronic traffic control system. With a coordinated traffic control system, we can: Reduce congestion and travel time Prioritise handling of traffic as per the needs Increase the road capacity to handle traffic Reduces pollution and saves fuel Relieves the traffic police who have been doing their harrowing job Increase productivity and reduce road rage etc. Studies have shown that adapting this system will significantly decrease the woes a common person has to face. A case in point: when Los Angeles (USA) adopted synchronised traffic lights, it has been estimated to increase travel speed by 16 percent and reduce travel times by 12 percent. This is notwithstanding they already had traffic lights in the first place, which is a mark improvement over manual traffic control. With the elimination of power cuts, such a system (which had been previously rejected due to this very reason) can be implemented readily and swiftly. The previous traffic lights, which had been dysfunctional due to the reason of 'loadshedding', can be repaired. No more should the authorities hide behind the facade of 'Loadshedding'. We all should unite and ease the traffic congestion in the valley. "एक थुकी सुकी, सय थुकी नदी"