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Petition to Government of India, Maneka Gandhi

POLICIES THAT CAN BOOST WOMEN EMPLOYMENT IN INDIA

It is high time that companies start giving importance to women and recruit them, the way they give to the men. They usually prefer male employees because to the male employees they don't have to give paid maternity leaves (one of the major reasons) which they consider as a loss. My petition covers the following policies that should be implemented by the Government of India to boost women participating in the workforce: 1) WOMEN SHOULD HAVE THE FREEDOM TO SEEK PAID LEAVES DURING MENSTRUATION AS PER THEIR COMFORT AND NEED. 2) THERE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 40% WOMEN STAFF IN A COMPANY OR AN ORGANISATION. 3) THERE SHOULD BE EQUAL PAY FOR BOTH MEN & WOMEN OF THE SAME DESIGNATION. I am very sure if these policies are implemented by our Government there will be an increase in the number of women participating in the workforce. This way the companies will consider the female employees too. The lesser number of women working in India have resulted in a negative impact on our GDP. I am quoting the World Bank and The Hindustan Times in this regard as follows : "INDIA ranks 120th among 131 nations in women workforce, says World Bank report.""Only 27% of India’s women are participating in the workforce according to a World Bank report. Economists says that these dismal numbers have had a negative impact on India’s GDP.There are many reasons for this state of affairs. Gender-discrimination in workplaces, lack of access to facilities such as childcare, neglecting girl children’s education or health etc."

Dravisha Katoch
89 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Tony Lake

Commit To End Female Genital Mutilation in Asia

We were subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) when we were 7. The practice involves the cutting of the clitoral hood of a girl child, sometimes in a very crude manner. We belong to the Bohra Community in India. There are almost 2 million Bohras in the world with a majority of them in India. More than 80% of the women in our community have been cut. For the longest time, Bohra women were too scared to speak out against FGM. We feared ostracization by our religious leaders and even our own families turning against us. But, we are silent no more. Several survivors have come together to end FGM in India under the banner “Speak out on FGM”. FGM is practiced widely in Asia, but in a shroud of secrecy. In Indonesia alone, half of girls under the age of 11 have gone through FGM. FGM has also been reported in Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. FGM is child abuse. It has no health benefits, it can cause medical complications and emotional trauma. It is done to control women, their chastity and their sexual desires. All our appeals to the Bohra religious leaders to end FGM in the community have been ignored so far. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is the leading international agency that has been actively supporting efforts to eradicate FGM in African countries. But Asian countries have largely been ignored. If we don’t get the United Nation’s support soon, a whole generation of girls in Asia will continue to be subjected to this horrible human rights violation. This is our appeal to show them that FGM is a problem in Asia and that their support is urgently needed here. The UN’s support on research, awareness programs and advocacy can go a long way in the FGM survivors’ fight in ending this horrendous practice in Asia. But we can’t do this alone. We need the support of the global community. If thousands of people from around the world sign my petition, we can ensure that the UN will make a commitment to end FGM in Asia. FGM is one of the most discriminatory practices that young girls are subjected to. This is the time to come together and raise our voices to end FGM. The UNFPA is having it’s annual meeting in May, help us reach 500,000 signatures before this meeting. If all of us come together, we’ll make sure that the UN doesn’t ignore our demand. Join us in our fight to end this horrible practice in Asia. Sign this petition. Video Credit: Scroll.in

masooma ranalvi
151,755 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Narendra Modi, J P Nadda, Alok Kumar, Amitabh Kant, Maneka Gandhi

Save female lives... provide vaccines for cervical cancer under public immunization plan

How lethal is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is the leading cancer in Indian women and the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Its the second most common cancer in India, after breast cancer. In India, 132,000 new cervical cancer cases and 74,000 deaths occur each year, with Indian women facing a 2.5% cumulative lifetime risk and 1.4% cumulative death risk from cervical cancer. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer occurs early and strikes at the productive period of a woman's life. The incidence rises in 30–34 years of age and peaks at 55–65 years, with a median age of 38 years (age 21–67 years) Do we have a preventive effective vaccine? YES Prevention by vaccination is emerging as the most effective option and two vaccines are already available. Two vaccines licensed globally are available in India; (Gardasil marketed by Merck) and (Cervarix marketed by Glaxo Smith Kline). The World Health Organization recommends the vaccine for all girls between 9 and 13 years, because the vaccine is highly immunogenic at this age. The HPV vaccine isn't intended to replace Screening Pap smear tests. Screening is “secondary prevention.” In India, vast majority of women remain unscreened and present with invasive cancer at a very late stage. Although individual screening may involve low cost in short term, a mass screening program may cost substantially. HPV vaccine is considered to be “Primary Prevention,” thereby reducing likelihood of persistent HPV infection to cancer. The economic and social cost of cervical cancer far exceeds that of vaccination. In countries like US and Australia, this vaccine has been mandatory, which shows its importance. For every 280 girls immunised, one case of cervical cancer can be saved ! What's the hurdle? The primary obstacle to HPV vaccination is financial (currently costs whopping ~ Rs 8000-12000 for full course so only who can afford can take it) . Because of the high cost of the present vaccines, affordability and accessibility of these vaccines is a major concern for a mass vaccination program in developing countries like India. Secondary issues relate to lack of awareness about the issue, not many are even aware of the availability of these vaccines. Thirdly, bureaucratic committees studying/analysing about the pros and cons about these vaccines is  delaying the decision to roll out the vaccine as part of the universal immunization plan. As have been proven since 2006, the HPV Vaccine is safe and does not cause side effects as more than 200 million vaccinations have been administered in over 80 countries to date. What can the Government of India do? Rollout a mandatory mass cancer-cervix prevention program through introduction of HPV vaccines to girls age 9-13 and  purchase the vaccine in bulk for substantially lowering the costs. Also Indian manufacturers be encouraged/incentivised to manufacture HPV vaccine locally. Create awareness programs thru public heath centres, social media and schools. Let's join hand to save lives! sources of information: Research Article by K. Kaarthigeyan, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3385284/ Research Article by Sujata Dalvi, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4199431/ http://hpvawareness.org

Sudhir P
25 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Banwarilal Purohit

Rename "Assam Women's University" after Legendary Educationist "Padma Shri Indira Miri"

Padma Shri Indira Miri was a born educationist from Assam. She as a women stood tall in all the odd in the society at that time and pursue her education till master degree and later pledge to promote education and bring the light of education to the downtrodden people of erstwhile NEFA (North Eastern Frontier Agency) living in the dark corner of the region, those who had not trusted the concept of education and advancement then. Her dream came true within years of her and her team member's hard work. She had a deep passion for her profession and more than that she was a visionary and a change maker. She was a legendary women and her tales should echo in everyone's ear so that she may motivates the generation with her passionate social mission in the field of education, especially the women's because still we have far to reach in gender equality in our society. Indira Miri's Bio: Schooling in Kolkata College: Scottish Church College, Kolkata BT from St, Mary's College, Shillong Six Month Montessori training course (Scholarship by Central Govt.), Ahmedabad Master's Degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland 3 month training course in Oxford Teacher in Panbazar Girl's High School Principal in Shillong Assamese Girl's High School Appointed as the Chief Education Officer of NEFA Principal Jorhat BT College Executive Council Member of Gauhati University Govt. of India awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shiri in 1977 Received Sankardev Award in 2004   

Dhruba Jyoti Regon
37 supporters