Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act.
I was sentenced 78 months to serve at a federal prison for a white-collar crime. I left home a healthy single mother of two sons, not ever experiencing any serious illnesses. I was a registered nurse who had achieved 3 secondary degrees. I was homeowner and a successful business entrepreneur. I was also six weeks pregnant. Anytime I was transported, I was chained at my ankles with another chain around my waist that bound my hands in front of my belly. While shackled, forced to step up into a van, I fell. A couple days later I begin spotting with streaks of blood, which I reported immediately to the medical staff. They instantly informed me they had “no” means of caring for me and would need approval from the US Marshals to take me to the ER. The turnaround time for approval ended up being 4 weeks. At that point, it was no longer an “emergency,” so I was turned away from the ER — I then required a second approval for an obstetrician, which took 4 more weeks. A total of four requests were made, each taking 4 weeks, while I was placed in solitary confinement for “medical observation." I ended up miscarrying at approximately 20 weeks without any formal or proper prenatal care. While I was miscarrying, I lay wet in a pool of blood, curled up from excruciating pain, in complete darkness, locked in a cell until an officer made rounds. I suffered the entire miscarriage shackled to the bed. When asked, the officers told the nurse and myself that the linen which contained my unborn child had been thrown in the trash. I had no privacy. Male officers were at my bedside 24hrs observing my nakedness and any treatment given to me. I received no counseling, nor had any opportunity to grieve my miscarriage. I was relocated to another facility where again, I was placed in solitary confinement for a month. Solitary is being locked in a 6’ by 9’ room with a bed, toilet, sink, and no window for 23 hours a day. For women in prison, stories like mine are a lot more common than you would think. Women are the largest growing prison population. Our federal and private prisons are not equipped to give women the medical care they need, especially when pregnant. We need to ban the shackling and solitary confinement of pregnant women in prison. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, a bill currently being considered in Congress, would stop those things. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, will help mothers keep strong relationships with their children by providing parenting classes, prohibit charging for phone calls, and make video-conferencing available free of charge. It will even create an overnight visit pilot program for children and parents.Please sign my petition asking Congress to pass the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act. Thank you,Pamela Winn
Petition to Ernie Chambers, Adam Morfeld, Patty Pansing Brooks
Support the Morfeld, Chambers, and Pansing Brooks Amendments to LB46, Nebraska
Recognizing that 1,825 children are abused and neglected each day, that there are at least four child maltreatment fatalities each day, and that there are at least 9.2 victims per 1,000 children (American SPCC, 2017), we believe that child abuse awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Recognizing that 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are victims of rape and sexual assault in their lives, that 60% of reported rapes involve victims under the age of 18, that youths aged 12-17 are two to three times more likely to be victims than adults, that 82% of victims are assaulted or raped by someone they know, and that a rape is reported in the US about once every 5 minutes (Rape Treatment Center, 2017), we further believe that rape culture awareness and prevention is a serious issue which deserves attention and support in Nebraska. Thus, we, the undersigned, support the proposed amendments to LB46 by Senators Chambers, Pansing Brooks, and Morfeld. We, the undersigned, urge the Nebraska Legislature to stand up for victims of rape, sexual assault, child abuse, and neglect by supporting honest and accurate license plate options in Nebraska that contribute to the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund. References: American SPCC. (2017). Child abuse statistics: Statistics and facts about child abuse in the US (webpage). Retrieved from http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/ Rape Treatment Center. (2017). Facts and quotes: Statistics (webpage). Retrieved from http://www.911rape.org/facts-quotes/statistics Referenced Bill and Amendments: http://nebraskalegislature.gov/bills/view_bill.php?DocumentID=31032 Petition Written by Board of Suit Up Nebraska http://www.suitupnebraska.org/
Petition to Jackie Doyle-Price MP
Create a law to protect models from getting dangerously skinny!
I’m a 25 year old model, a clothes size 8. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.Earlier this year France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK -- Caroline Nokes MP is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and is campaigning for the Government to look at the possibility of legislating to ensure models are of a healthy weight. The time is now for us all to come together.Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur!
Petition to Ohio State House, Ohio State Senate
PREVENT DOMESTIC HOMICIDE! Make Non-Fatal Strangulation a Felony in Ohio.
On January 31, 2014 Monica Weber Jeter was strangled by her husband until she was "dizzy and unable to call for help". The attack occurred while she was sleeping and their five young children were in the home. One of the children disrupted the attack and called 911. Monica’s husband pled "no contest" and was found guilty on a MISDEMEANOR domestic violence charge. He was sentenced to 11 DAYS of a possible 180 days IN JAIL and six months of probation. The protection order was lifted a month after the attack. Nine months later, on October 8, 2014, Monica's husband assaulted her again. This time viciously beating and stabbing her while she slept in their North College Hill Ohio home. Two of the children witnessed the attack—their twelve year old daughter called 911. Monica endured multiple stab wounds, massive blood loss, painful surgeries, and major organ failure. She spent thirty-two days in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Hospital in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She fought so hard to survive for her family but her injuries were just too severe. She died on November 9, 2014. She was thirty-six years old. Monica’s large heartbroken family is completely dedicated and focused on raising awareness and making real change in her honor. Our first goal is to get legislation passed in Ohio that specifically makes non-fatal strangulation a felony. The statistics regarding domestic violence and strangulation are staggering. Almost half of all domestic violence murder victims have suffered at least one incident of attempted strangulation prior to a fatal or near fatal violent incident. Strangulation is lethal force and is one of the best predictors of escalating violence and future homicide in domestic violence cases. Strangulation is a red flag for future domestic homicide! If Monica's husband had been convicted of a FELONY for the January strangulation attempt, he could have been in prison on October 8, 2014 and Monica might be alive today. Felony strangulation laws not only secure tougher punishment for domestic abusers; but also promote awareness of a crime that often precedes murder. Ohio needs to join the 30 plus states that have already made this life threatening crime a felony! Please support MONICA’S LAW by signing and sharing our petition. Help us prevent domestic homicide in Monica's memory. To learn more about Monica’s story and support our efforts to make a difference please check out Monica’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/prayersformonicaweberjeter #MonicaStrong
Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Disney, The Walt Disney Company Benelux
Breng 'A Wrinkle In Time' naar Nederlandse bioscopen/support the Dutch theatre release!
[ENGLISH text below, please scroll down] Wij, Women’s March the Netherlands en CINE.nl, namens de inwoners en het bioscooppubliek van Nederland, roepen Disney NL en The Walt Disney Company op om de Nederlandse release van ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ op 4 april 2018 door te laten gaan. Op 19 maart jl. kondigde VPRO Cinema aan dat ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, de baanbrekende film van regisseur Ava DuVernay met rollen van o.a. Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling en Reese Witherspoon, niet meer in de Nederlandse en Belgische bioscopen wordt uitgebracht. Wij zijn extreem teleurgesteld in deze onverwachte beslissing waarover geen verdere uitleg is gedaan. Women’s March Netherlands en CINE willen daarom het maatschappelijk belang van deze film onderstrepen: De film laat het belang zien van representatie: een Afro-Amerikaans meisje speelt de hoofdrol, en vele van de prominente bijrollen worden ook vervuld door mensen van kleur, juist de mensen die zichzelf nauwelijks vertegenwoordigd zien in films (en al helemaal niet in sciencefiction films); De film laat het belang van sterke vrouwelijke karakters in cinema zien, welke ook ondervertegenwoordigd zijn; De regisseur van de film, Ava DuVernay, heeft als eerste vrouwelijke Afro-Amerikaanse regisseur een budget van 100 miljoen dollar gekregen om een belangrijk verhaal over volharding en diversiteit neer te kunnen zetten. Het feit dat er niet eens een reden wordt gegeven door Disney NL waarom deze film niet in de Nederlandse en Belgische bioscopen wordt uitgebracht is nog schokkender. De verklaring kan duidelijk niet liggen in de verkoopcijfers in Amerika: er zijn vele andere films die een soortgelijke openingsweek hebben gehad maar vervolgens wel uit kwamen in Nederland. Dat leidt dus tot twee mogelijke verklaringen, die beide even onrustbarend zijn: Disney NL heeft niet het vertrouwen dat het Nederlandse en Belgische publiek zich kan vinden in een film waarin vrouwen centraal staan, en/of waar mensen van kleur meer vertegenwoordigd zijn dan in andere films. ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ is een film die gedreven wordt door vrouwen, maar dat betekent niet dat het alleen maar een meisjes-film is. Iedereen kan zich vinden in de boodschap en verhaallijn; sterker nog, dit soort films worden constant uitgebracht met mannen en jongens in de hoofdrollen, maar trokken toen ook vrouwen en meisjes in het publiek. Wat voor een signaal geeft Disney NL af door te besluiten dat juist deze film niet in Nederland en België wordt getoond? Dat het bioscooppubliek niet op waarde wordt geschat, omdat Disney denkt dat de film niet voldoende mannelijke of witte kijkers trekt? En al zou de film alleen maar voornamelijk vrouwen trekken, dan behoort dit nog geen probleem te zijn: er worden namelijk voortdurend zogenaamde ‘chick flicks’ ingezet die (in tegenstelling tot ‘A Wrinkle in Time’) enkel zijn gericht op het vrouwelijke publiek. Wellicht dat er bij Disney NL de opvatting bestaat dat een film waarin mensen van kleur centraal staan niet succesvol genoeg kan zijn in Nederland. Onze samenleving is met zo’n 200 nationaliteiten echter zeer divers, net als ons bioscooppubliek. Daarom is het juist belangrijk om deze innovatieve en toegankelijke film te tonen in de bioscopen. Een gemiste kans voor diversiteit, maar ook voor de inkomsten van Disney, die het blijkbaar prima vindt om miljoenen Nederlanders over het hoofd te zien. Sowieso zou Disney NL beter moeten weten dan zich hierdoor tegen te laten houden, vooral vanwege het recente succes van ‘Black Panther’ in Nederland. Zoals Entertainment Business schrijft: “In drie weken tijd bracht deze film in Nederland meer dan 5,6 miljoen euro op. Ter vergelijking: de animatiefilm Ferdinand bracht in elf weken een vergelijkbare omzet (5.9 miljoen) op. Het vakblad Variety meldt dat Black Panther de 33e film ooit is die wereldwijd meer dan een miljard dollar opbrengt. Extra bijzonder is dat de film dit bedrag realiseerde in 26 dagen.” Kortom: er is geen enkele reden om A Wrinkle in Time niet in Nederland en België uit te brengen. Op z’n minst zou het mogelijk moeten zijn om een limited release in een selectief aantal bioscopen te realiseren. Wij roepen Disney NL daarom op om z.s.m. te reageren en met ons samen te werken om de April release van deze film te laten doorgaan. Was getekend, Women’s March the Netherlands CINE.nl View 'A Wrinkle in Time' trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhZ56rcWwRQ ============================================= ENGLISH VERSION: We, Women’s March the Netherlands and CINE.nl, on behalf of Dutch cinema audiences, call on Disney NL and The Walt Disney Company to not cancel the Dutch release of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, originally scheduled to premiere on April 4th, 2018. On March 19th, VPRO Cinema announced that ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, the groundbreaking movie by director Ava DuVernay with roles by Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon among others, is no longer scheduled to be released in Dutch and Belgian cinemas. We are extremely disappointed by this sudden decision, which has arrived without any further explanation. Women’s March Netherlands and CINE therefore want to emphasize the social importance of this movie: The movie shows the importance of representation: the lead role is played by a young black girl, and many other roles are also played by people of color, who are underrepresented in movies in general, but the science fiction genre in particular; The movie shows the importance of strong female characters in cinema, who are also underrepresented in movies in general; Ava DuVernay is the first female African-American director who received a budget of 100 million dollars for a movie, and created this important production which she clearly positioned as a story about endurance and diversity, providing role models that are never cast in this light. Even more shocking is the fact that Disney NL never issued an explanation on why the movie won’t appear in Dutch and Belgian cinemas. The amount of tickets sold in the opening week in the US can’t be too blame: many other (young adult) movies have had a similar opening week, which was still followed by a release in the Netherlands. This leads one to suspect there are two possible explanations, which are equally worrisome: Disney NL doesn’t believe that the Dutch and Belgian audiences can relate to a movie that centralizes female characters, and/or that features people of color more prominently than other movies. ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ is a female-driven movie, but that doesn’t make it a women’s or girls’ movie: as a matter of fact, movies generally portrays men and boys in the lead, but still managed to attract both men and women audiences. What kind of signal is Disney NL giving off by deciding to not show this movie in the Netherlands and Belgium? That they don’t trust filmgoers to relate to a movie that doesn’t revolve around white and/or male characters? Even if the movie would only draw female audiences, there’s no reason why this should be a problem: there are plenty of ‘chick flick’ releases throughout a year that are aimed at female viewers alone (unlike ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, which is accessible for all audiences). Perhaps Disney NL may feel that a movie with people of color in leading roles can’t be successful enough in the Netherlands (or Belgium). However, with as many as 200 nationalities living in our country, we’re a pretty diverse group of citizens and filmgoers. That’s why it’s important to show this innovative and accessible movie in our cinemas. A missed opportunity to show diversity, but also a loss for profits, as Disney NL apparently sees no harm in overlooking millions of Dutch people and potential ticket buyers for this movie. Disney NL should know better than to let any of those reasons stop them. The current success of ‘Black Panther’ in the Netherlands demonstrates that cinema audiences have no trouble relating to a cast of primarily people of color. As Entertainment Business writes: “Within three weeks, Black Panther made more than 5.6 million euros in the Netherlands. A quick comparison: the animation movie Ferdinand took eleven weeks to sell a comparable amount of tickets (5.9 million euros). Variety magazine indicates that Black Panther is the 33rd movie ever to make more than a billion dollars worldwide. This is particularly special since the movie managed to do this within 26 days.” In short: there is no reason not to release ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ in the Netherlands and Belgium. At the very least, it should be possible to launch a limited release in a couple of select cinemas. We call upon Disney to respond to us as soon as possible and to work with us to make the April release of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ possible in the Netherlands and Belgium. Signed,Women’s March the Netherlands CINE.nl
Petition to Everyone
BEAUTY STANDARDS SET BY MEDIA SHOULD NOT DEFINE AND GENERALIZE WOMEN
Magazines, social media and television is filled with women whom we define as the "epitome of all women" however they are not the epitome of women, they are just one of millions of women whom we classify and prefer. Women shouldn't be described at a certain way because everyone has the does not have the same body type, genes and such; Classifying certain characteristics as the "must have" characteristics may weigh down the self- confidence and self-image of a woman who does not have it. Media should not just focus on a certain ideal but rather be experimental, appreciate all body types because women are not the same, women are great no matter what because we are fierce, empowered and strong.
Petition to Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, UNICEF
Demanding UNICEF Action on Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority
Demand Action: Sign a letter to UNICEF Senior Management demanding real changes and action on sexual harassment and abuse of authority. UNICEF staff, partners and supporters are coming together to demand that senior management takes action to effectively address recent and historical cases of sexual misconduct and abuse of power towards members of staff. Sign this letter which will be sent to our Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore, demanding that UNICEF live up to the ideals of human rights, protection, and integrity that it promotes around the world. Your information will not be shared, and you can choose to sign anonymously if preferred. Since the latest sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced surrounding our Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF has fallen short of publicly condemning his actions and acknowledging their role in recruiting him. We know that this is just the tip of the iceberg for UNICEF. Sexual harassment and abuse of authority are interlinked issues and many staff members – women and men – have suffered for too long in silence. When it comes to sexual harassment and abuse, we know that many staff are afraid of the repercussions of speaking up and reporting through existing channels. For an organisation with a mandate for upholding the rights of women and children – this is truly disgraceful. We know that the issue is particularly prevalent in our country offices and emergency settings. We know that nationally-recruited and more junior staff face even bigger obstacles in reporting abuses of power, including sexual misconduct. This is often due to the extreme hierarchical nature of the organisation's structure. We know of cases where senior management has effectively silenced “difficult” individuals and sabotaged their careers. We also know that very few sexual harassment and abuse of authority cases are actually reported due to the unclear, un-supportive, lengthy and overly bureaucratic reporting procedures, along with shame and fear of repercussion. A review of staff disciplinary actions from 2009-2016 did not reveal any action taken against staff members for sexual harassment or abuse. This, in addition to our slow, ineffective internal process is essentially silencing victims, robbing them of the justice they deserve. For an organisation who is renowned for protecting women and children – this is truly shameful. We therefore demand: Full enforcement of UNICEF’s zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. This includes accountability and action at the most senior levels of leadership, along with improved HR processes to speed up investigations and dismissals as necessary. A “demotion,” “early retirement” or “special leave without pay” is no longer an expectable way of dealing with sexual abuse. Nor is moving a senior staff member to another country office or organisation. Multiple reporting channels must be made available to survivors to be able to report misconduct, without fear of retribution. This must also include space for those victims who were unable to come forward for years and those that have now left the organisation. This includes the new anonymous reporting platform announced by the Executive Director, which must be made available to former staff. The statute of limitations on reporting must be eliminated. The current statute of limitations for reporting is 6 months is far too short. Elimination of this will allow survivors of historical abuse to receive the justice they deserve. UNICEF must allocate resources to address sexual harassment and abuse of authority. For example, hiring enough staff with appropriate expertise on addressing sexual harassment to provide timely support to investigation and provide safe and appropriate counselling and other support to survivors as necessary. Improved counselling services must also be made available to survivors. UNICEF must take public responsibility for recruiting Justin Forsyth with his history of misconduct. It must also take additional steps to carry out mandatory background checks to ensure such a mistake does not happen again. UNICEF staff are heartened by the recent steps announced by the Executive Director, but they must go further. We want to see rapid and concrete action. Many of us have dedicated our lives to UNICEF, and made significant sacrifices to work here. We deserve to be protected by the organisation that we serve and are asking staff, partners and supporters to come together and help us fight for real change.
Petition to The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney
Plus size Disney princess!!
The Disney princesses have long be under heat for a lack of racial diversity, resulting in Mulan, Pocahontas, and many other ethnic heroines. However Disney has no problem making everyone of these so called “inspirational and relatable women” models. Let’s remind Disney that not every little girl that watches is a slender supermodel in the worlds eyes.