6 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Manitoba Human Rights Commission, The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Premier of Manitoba, Honourable Brian Pallister, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Honourable Cliff Cullen, James Teitsma

Urge the Manitoba Government to END Size & Weight Discrimination NOW #SizeismSUCKS

My name is Lindsey Mazur, Registered Dietitian (RD), advocate to end weight discrimination. As a dietitian, I have heard numerous painful stories of shaming, stigma and discrimination from clients that has impacted their mental and physical health and wellbeing. My work in health care has been dramatically impacted by witnessing the pain and lack of compassion shown to those who live in larger bodies.   October 2016- A Private Member’s Bill 207 was introduced in the Manitoba Legislature to have "physical size and weight" included in the Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on body size.  This bill was not accepted. November 23, 2016-The Private Member's Bill was reintroduced as Bill 200.  November 2, 2017-Bill 200 was REJECTED with a vote in the Manitoba Legislature. The vote was 35-16, with our majority government voting 'no'. March 19, 2018-The Bill 216 was re-introduced, for the 3rd time.  I started Manitobans Against Weight Stigma to rally the community to urge the Government of Manitoba to pass this long overdue human rights legislation to END weight discrimination NOW!  How can you help? Add your name to this petition and share it Email your area MLA to let them know you support the Bill to include ‘physical size and weight’ in the Manitoba Human Rights Code Connect with Manitobans Against Weight Stigma on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MBWeightStigma, using #SizeismSUCKS Share your story with me by emailing I have received permission to share a couple of stories from local women who have experienced size, weight and appearance-based discrimination: Jacquie is a fitness instructor in Winnipeg who was told that no one would want to train with her because of the size of her body and a project was assigned to a thinner and younger trainer despite Jacquie’s level of fitness ability and superior professional qualifications to do the job. Another Winnipeg woman applied for a promotion within her organization, and was denied; she was told that the woman who was offered the job was not more qualified than her but rather, more attractive.   Did you know… Studies have shown that over half (54%) of People of Size report having been discriminated against in the workplace.* More than 2/3 (69%) People of Size report having been discriminated by doctors.* In a study of adolescents in schools, 92% reported that they witnessed larger bodied students being teased about their weight.* *(Source: Yale Rudd Center, 2012) Want to learn more? Check out these news stories: 'This is a human rights issue': Local dietitian creates campaign against weight stigma

Lindsey Mazur
9,218 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Nanaimo City Council

Nanaimo Women Deserve Better

Women of Nanaimo, elected officials or no, must be treated with respect regardless of their political views. Commenting on gender, appearance, perceived ability or lack thereof because of gender, sex characteristics, and dismissal based upon these ideas will not be tolerated.  On November 21st, 2016, in a recorded City Council meeting, Councillor Jim Kipp released a verbal tirade upon Councillor Wendy Pratt, who has since resigned. "You're pretty. You're such an aesthetically pleasing person. You turned your back when Bill was talking. The man's harmed and you don't give a shit woman. You are the biggest bully I've ever met, under a little sheep's clothing. What is it? It's an attack on you (Pratt), just like it says in here (the mayor's letter)."In a news article that followed, Coun. Pratt stated that "this isn't the first time, far from the first time" and indicated that "there have been other situations just like the one on Nov. 21st." It is essential that elected officials critically engage with their own sexism and oppressive behaviour as well as that of their colleagues. There must be support for those affected by sexism as much as there must be a shared responsibility for officials to be a part of a zero tolerance space for sexism. This council has failed to be accountable, both individually and as a united body.  We, the citizens of Nanaimo, call upon Councillor Kipp to publicly apologize immediately to the women of Nanaimo or to resign immediately. His behaviour is part of a culture at Nanaimo City Hall that is both openly and quietly hostile to women, and we will no longer by represented by such aggressive and misogynistic behaviour.   We expect that apology at the May 15th* Council meeting.   *date changed to accommodate provincial election  

Women Watching Nanaimo
367 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to,

Stay the adoption of Bill C-16

Version française Stay the adoption of Bill C-16 The notion of gender encompasses a set of stereotypes assigned to women and men by society. Legalizing this definition of “gender” is to give up on fighting stereotypes and to hinder the progression for women’s equality. “The idea that gender is something internal, innate, or chosen — expressed through superficial and stereotypical means like hairstyles, clothing, or body language — is deeply regressive.”  (Meghan Murphy, National Observer, 25 October 2016) Protections for women are at risk due to these proposed changes. It is the Government’s responsibility to safeguard these rights and protections. This is why we are asking the Government of Canada and the House of Commons to stay the study and adoption of Bill C-16. WHEREAS : •     The House of Commons is studying Bill C-16, an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, •     The Government intends to insert the notion of “gender identity" and "gender expression" into the Criminal Code, •     The Act  will add a new identifiable group to the Criminal Code, described as “distinguished by gender identity or expression”, •     There is no definition of  either "gender expression" or "gender identity," •     The words “gender” and “sex” are conflated, •     It is impossible to verify a gender identity, as it is considered simply a feeling, •     Feminist research has demonstrated that gender is a social construct founded on stereotypes of what it means to be a girl, a boy, a woman, or a man, •     There have been no sex-differentiated studies of the  consequences of adopting this concept of gender identity, •     The recognition of gender identity dissolves all recognition of rights and protections put in place on the basis of sex and sex-based discrimination, such as battered women’s shelters, prisons and other detention facilities, and programs encouraging fair access to sport teams and equipment.  CONSIDERING THAT •     this law will have further negative impacts on freedom of speech, as Canadians do not fully understand the distinction between gender identity and gender expression and biological sex, and have not engaged in a productive or thorough debate, •     many feminists and progressives have already been censored and seen a loss of freedom of speech, •     the government was previously committed to protecting women’s rights, in matters of equality and security, based on the understanding that women are discriminated against due to their biological sex, not their gender identity or expression, •     there are different consequences for both sexes in recognizing and legislating around gender identity, We the undersigned ask that the Government of Canada and the House of Commons, in accordance with these institutions’ commitments to this matter, stay the readings and adoption of this Act until Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) studies have assessed the impacts of such legislative changes.

Question TRANS
245 supporters