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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to President Gianni Infantino

Support Iranian Women to Watch Sports in Stadiums (#NoBan4Women)

UPDATE: FIFA President Infantino answered our petition and gave the Iran Football Federation an ultimatum to stop the ban in time for the October 10 qualifier match. We urgently need your help to sign and share this petition to let FIFA and Iran know that the world is watching and expecting an end to this gender discrimination! === I grew up loving the game of football. As often as possible, I’d watch the matches on television with family and friends, cheering on our favorite teams and players. But as a woman in Iran, I’ve never seen a single game played in my home country. Iran's largest stadium is named Azadi - which means "freedom" - and it seats 100,000 sports fans. However, not one of those seats is currently designated for Iranian women to freely enjoy sports.  Please sign my petition demanding FIFA use its power to call for an end to Iran’s stadium ban for women. Help me raise 100,000 signatures to represent the 100,000 seats of Azadi Stadium. UPDATE: Our new goal is 300,000! Women are passionate sports fans just like men, and deserve to cheer on their teams in the stadiums. The fact that this discriminatory ban has existed for 39 years is appalling, and an assault on our right to free assembly. But the good news is that it’s not actually written into our law, and can easily be overturned – if we apply enough pressure on the right people. Iran is the only country playing in the 2018 World Cup which bans women from stadiums, a direct violation of FIFA’s gender discrimination statute and their new human rights policy. Yet FIFA president Gianni Infantino has shown no sign of doing anything about it – in fact, he was recently photographed posing with Iranian president Rouhani the day after 35 women were arrested for attempting to attend a football game.  Sign my petition to demand that Mr. Infantino use his power to get Iran to end the stadium ban for women. Support #NoBan4Women. Thank you!  من از طرفداران فوتبال هستم، اما همیشه مسابقات رو فقط از توی تلویزیون دیدم و بخاطر دختر بودنم هیچوقت این شانسرو نداشتم که بازی تیم مورد علاقه‌ام رو در کشورم از نزدیک تماشا کنملطفا این طومار رو که برای پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان ایرانی به ورزشگاه‌ها به فیفا نوشته شده امضا کنید بسیاری از خانمها هم مثل اکثر آقایان طرفدار فوتبال هستند و این حق رو دارند که مسابقات مورد علاقه شون رو از نزدیکتماشا کنند. این مانعی که سالها وجود داره توهینی به همه ما زنان ایرانی است. خوشبختانه منع قانونی در این مورد وجودندارد، بنابراین، تغییر این شرط ممکن استایران تنها کشوری است که این اجازه را به زنان نمیدهد که این بر خلاف قوانین فدراسیون جهانی فوتبال است چرا کهتبعیض جنسیتی محسوب میشود. با  این حال تا کنون هیچ انتقادی از طرف فیفا مطرح نشده است. اگر همه ما خواسته خودمان را مطرح کنیم، فیفا قادر به نادیده گرفتن این وضعیت نخواهد بود فیفا یک مجمع بین المللی است و عده زیادی از زنان در این مجمع حضور دارند که به افکار عمومی اهمیت میدهند لطفا برای درخواست از فیفا جهت پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان به ورزشگاه‌ها این طومار رو امضا کنید Petitioner: My Fundamental Right | Supported by: Equality League

Maryam Qashqaei Shojaei
289,018 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to women, Women in Business, Empowering Women, Women Development Center, High Schools

'Owning Your Seat at the Table' in Life and Work.

#owningyourseatatthetable #OYSATT As women, when we own our seats at the table, we say YES. We say YES to our Inner Courage. We say YES to our dreams, and we find the courage to live our dreams by taking others with us. We have to say NO to our inner critic; NO to the status quo; No to doing it because that's always the way it's been done, or because that's what everybody else does. We say NO to just following along. As women, we fight different battles both internally and externally in our lives and our businesses. We wrestle with fears, lack of confidence, Imposter Syndrome, abuse, lack of boundaries and just not knowing what to do. We often struggle without realizing there may be another way. We are often on autopilot, numbing out in our lives. In signing my pledge, you say 'YES' to yourself and YES, to empowering other women, and girls to own their voices, their choices, their intuition, their challenges and their accomplishments. AND You say 'YES' to 'Owning Your Seat at the Table', in all areas in your life. I started this movement for women to own their seat at every table in their lives. We sit at so many tables with family, friends, work, careers, businesses, volunteering; you name it, chances are there is a table involved. My question: Are you owning your seat? Are you honoring yourself and other women? Do you know how? Let's teach others how to Own their esteem. When you sign this pledge know we support and empower yourr choices, dreams, power to choose to make the world a better place with your own special talents and where no dream is too big. And you promise to share what you know about -how you came to owning your seat at the table (struggles and all) with all the women and girls in your life. You will empower them to do the same by letting go of distractions that pull us out of our seats. And to surround yourself with women that choose to be the difference and to lead with the power of their hearts and brilliant minds. One last thing: You also pledge to do your best with staying vulnerable to the fact that: You don't know what you don't know. And when you need to know, it will show up somehow, someway or by someone. Owning Your seat at the Table Pledge: I, (your name), pledge to empower myself and other women to stand up for our right to own our seats of power, and to embrace with vulnerability and courage “Not knowing what we don’t know.” I pledge to lovingly support myself and others in being accountable when I, or other women I know, have left our seat at the table. I pledge to allow a bigger plan for our work in the world to manifest through us, as we sit together, at all the different tables in our lives. Signed (your name)

Linda Berger
22 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Linda Coleman-Madison, Bill Hightower, William "Billy" Beasley, Mark Slade Blackwell, Dick Brewbaker, Paul Bussman, Clyde Chambliss, Cam Ward, Quinton Ross, Lee "Trip" Pittman, Vivian Davis Figures, Harri Anne Smith, Bobby Singleton, Rusty Glover, Phillip "Phil" Williams

Stop Forced Adoption in Alabama

Kimberly Rossler decided to place her son for adoption before he was born. She signed a pre-birth consent form but was allowed to change her mind, according to the document. Prior to giving birth to her baby, she decided to raiser her son.  Here is her story. Kimberly became pregnant with a sweet baby boy and chose to work with an adoption agency called Adoption Rocks in Alabama. They matched her up with K, who planned to adopt the baby. Kimberly then signed a pre-birth contract with K which is a contract that is signed prior to the birth of the baby and the prospective adoptive parent agrees to become financially responsible for the baby. The problem is that this practice has the prospective adoptive parent giving money to the pregnant mother. Giving money in exchange for a baby, no matter how organized or technical is human trafficking. Kimberly went through counseling and decided to raise her son. She informed the director of Adoption Rocks and was dismissed. She informed K, who acknowledged the change of plans. You see, pre-birth contract allows for a mother to change her mind before and after birth. The problem is that since money is involved, it is used to guilt the mother into proceeding with the adoption. The director also allegedly told Kimberly that as long as she took her baby home from the hospital then the adoption would not be finalized. Kimberly did both. She notified all parties involved prior to birth that she was keeping her baby and she took her baby home. Once baby was born, Kimberly took him home and fed, clothed and cared for him. However, it is alleged that K and Adoption Rocks tracked them down and went to court and lied to a judge about Kimberly's ability to raise her son. They went to a juvenile court and did not say that this was a failed adoption. Without evidence, the juvenile judge ordered police to take Elliott without any warning.  Since this Elliott was removed from his original home, the opposing party has allegedly tried to get Kimberly arrested, accusing her of violating gag orders, and lying to a judge by saying that Kimberly was running the Bring Baby Home Facebook page, which is not true. Pre-birth consent leaves to many loopholes for abuse of the legal system. Babies should not be signed away before birth. Shouldn't the parents be given the chance, a FAIR chance to decide to parent their baby? Babies should not be a product in a FINAL transaction. It is unfair to not let a mother decide one final time if they truly wish to place their baby for adoption because a large amount of money has been exchanged.      

Vicky Medina
1,667 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to North Carolina State House, U.S. House of Representatives

Save Lives. Require All NC Police Departments to Have DV Units.

Change is Needed to Address Preventable Domestic Violence and Death. Domestic violence is a complex issue, and it needs more than a simple solution. Statement of Intent A "one-size-fits-all" approach when law enforcement is required to intervene in domestic violence is not yielding satisfactory results, which is shown by statistical data and case studies. There is an overwhelming sense of urgency prompted by the statistic that 1 in 4 women will become a victim of domestic violence. That means out of every 4 faces you see, one of those women will be intentionally harmed behind closed doors. It could be our friend, neighbor, teacher, sister, or spouse of coworker. The rates of domestic violence and related homicides are equally as shocking. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Having a firearm in an abusive home increases the likelihood of homicide by 500%. "Approximately 4.5 million American women alive today have been threatened by intimate partners with firearms. One million have actually been shot or shot at by their abusers." 40% of female murder victims are killed by intimate partners. 72% of all murder-suicides are perpetrated by intimate partners. 94% of murder-suicide victims are female. Intimate partner violence accounts for approximately 15% of all violent crime in US. 19% of intimate partner/domestic violence involves a weapon. The U.S. Homicide Rate shows us a record level: the female victim rate of homicide rose by 21% in 2016 from the previous year. This number was comparatively high to male victims, 82% of those females who were killed, were victims of their intimate partners or  someone who was close to them. Over 50% of all women murdered in 2017 were slain by a partner or family member. Men were shown more likely to perpetrators, with 9 out of 10 aggressors in homicides being men.  The expectation is that this proposal be tailored to fit in compromise with the needs, limitations, and goals of the state. While it cannot solve every problem regarding the complexities of domestic violence cases, it could provide enough universal benefit to outweigh oppositional reasoning. Regardless of outcome, lawmakers and government officials should continue to be diligent and proactive in seeking a viable solution to an unacceptable problem of criminal violence. Starting such a program in NC would be setting an example for federal implementation for all states as a long term goal. Bill of Proposal. All police units should be required to have a special unit for domestic violence calls. This would include experts trained in psychology, trauma, social work and other related domestic violence advocates during business hours, with an on-call staff as the budget permits. Calls would be transferred to the unit in instances it would serve useful. Dispatchers and officers could be given flags to indicate which department to send the call in cases where the caller is already in the system. Size of staff should be in proportional ratio to the population being served, and can be expanded upon demand if high call volume requires it. Victims should receive follow-up care plan, especially after the shock has passed, including conducting a lethality test to make an assessment of danger. When possible, free transport by law enforcement DV unit to a local shelter for further care and safe housing as necessary. Homelessness is one of the biggest factors that prevent victims from leaving an abusive household situation. Making sure the victim is receiving appropriate care will allow them to spend their efforts in seeking legal remedies of protection, such as a DV protective order, more accessible. Economic Impact Opening up domestic violence units would provide more available state jobs, and could have a positive impact on the economy with careful planning and budgeting.  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse, and victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8,000,000 million days of paid work each year, the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs." Points of Reason Domestic violence victims who have retaliated, used self defense, or have been blackmailed are being frequently arrested instead of their abusers who are harming them and their children. In an abusive relationship dynamic, victims of domestic violence are playing a dangerous game of survival in the following ways: being held under restrictive control, includes where they go, who they see, how they eat, how they dress, and how they act in order to avoid being hurt. There are either explicit or implicit rules. experiencing financial deprivation and economic abuse, such as controlled joint accounts, forced debt, or resulting inability to work.  targets of fearful intimidation and physical threats, implications of death, harassment, verbal degradation, outbursts of rage and yelling. witnesses and targets of displays of violence including methods of smashing, hitting, punching, slapping, pulling, ripping, or throwing. Being physically beaten, strangled, or threatened directly or indirectly with a weapon. Victims of domestic violence often cannot see the danger that they are in, and police officers should have a duty to protect them from further harm if they have been called to a scene. Creating a domestic violence unit holds officers accountable to protect the victim's life and take proper action to ensure safety. Victims are usually being coerced, deceived, and are heavily psychologically manipulated. They are told they deserve to be hurt if they do not comply with the abuser's rules and are made to believe it is their fault that this is happening to them. Because of this, picking up the phone to call the police is seen as a desperate last measure. After violent episodes, the abuser will act like nothing happened or will apologize, only to continue the same cycle over again. Eventually, the abusive person will act out in rage again. This is a violence that grows in intensity and frequency with the passage of time, leaving the victim intentionally confused so they cannot see the true danger.  Victims of domestic abuse who have been repeatedly subjected to domestic violence have underwent extreme trauma, and police officers often do not have the necessary training or time necessary to make appropriate judgement calls in some instances. Typically, after the police have been called to the scene, victims of domestic violence will be in shock and may seem emotionally distraught. This is a normal psychological response, yet officers have repeatedly made arrests of the victim instead of the perpetrator, placing the victim's life in imminent danger. Without proper assistance, it would be easy for a human being to make such an error. It is a widely conceived understanding that abusive people can be deceptive, manipulative, and even "charming" as necessary. To a complete stranger or the untrained eye, these people can easily appear to be normal, calm, and collected when talking to the police about the incident. When proposing legislation, we must take into consideration the human factor and recognize the real world implications of what is being faced. Any solutions proposed without such consideration would render useless in application. Many abusers can even deceive someone who has been trained to recognize such behavior, so it would not be an inaccurate assumption or reflective judgement of character to say an officer could be susceptible to such tactics. This is why those who commit crimes of domestic violence, assault, and rape can also become murderers. A person must possess a certain personality and moral turpitude to act in such capacity, and this is the reason we have criminal law in the first place, to protect the innocent from those who seek to harm them. This is where a team of psychological experts, physicians, social workers, and trauma specialists would prove useful in determining appropriate action. This would mitigate bias, lower the probability of misjudgment, and decrease the chance of wrongful arrest.  When police fail to help victims escape domestic violence, this can sometimes play an unfortunate role in further harm or result in death due to unaddressed violence that has now escalated. Abusers can use the power and authority of the police to further perpetuate their control of the victim. The abuser could intimate the victim using police authority, which is true if they have friends or relatives in the force. They can blackmail them to have them falsely arrested, which disempowers the victim making it even more difficult to escape. When a person feels the police officers are on the side of their abuser, that they have no legal remedy against the violence, then they are more likely to not make a phone call that could save their life. Domestic violence victims typically try to escape or leave their situation an average of eight times before being freed. Many victims have called the police multiple times, and in many cases the police have failed to help them by making an arrest or aiding the victim to safety. Police officers are great at what they do, but they are not psychological experts. It takes years of training and experience to understand relationship dynamics behind the cycle of violence. When multiple calls have clearly been made to the authorities, officers should have an alert in their system that will send the call to be handled by the appropriate staff. The difference in how the call is handled could mean life or death of the victim.  Each time the police are involved or the victim tries to escape, violence escalates and increases the likelihood of fatality from domestic violence homicide.  Impact of This Bill We must recognize that teamwork solves problems more often than work that is being done from a singular perspective. When lives are at risk, we owe it to the citizens of our state and country to put forth our best efforts to provide protection, safety, and justice. By signing this into action, we can significantly impact fatality rates and better protect victims from exposure to violence and risk of death. It would also have a positive impact on perception of law enforcement, government agencies, and the criminal justice system in the eyes of the community they serve. While it is not possible to say with complete accuracy that abusive criminals will be deterred from taking extreme action, people are less likely to conduct themselves maliciously if they do not believe that they can get away with their crimes. For many victims of domestic violence related homicide, it is unfortunately already too late. Let not their blood be shed in vain, but let's work together to make a better, safer state and country for everyone.  The survivor community asks as one voice for your thorough consideration to move this bill forward, adjusting as necessary to mitigate harm to victims and make effort to prevent loss of life.

We Are Warriors.
88 supporters