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 The NYS Judicial Commission, Jordan Salberg
Remove Judge Laura Drager from the bench.
Judge Laura Drager 1 - does not apply the law impartially or consistently2 - does not enforce court orders3 - does not address conflicts of interest4 - ignores threats of domestic violence.
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 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 Randall L. Stephenson, Charles W. Dahlquist II, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America
Tell the Boy Scouts to End Discrimination Against Young Women
I cannot change my gender to fit the Boy Scouts’ standards, but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include me. I am determined to be an Eagle Scout. It isn’t just a hobby, it’s access to some of the best leadership training there is. According to the BSA, over half of all astronauts were involved in Scouting and 16.3% of West Point cadets are Eagle Scouts. Of the current Congress, 191 members were involved in Scouting, 18 current U.S. governors participated in Scouting, and many of them are Eagle Scouts. The facts say it all -- high-level Scouting creates opportunity, and with opportunity comes a chance at success in the global community. Unfortunately for me and half the country’s population, we are excluded from most of these amazing opportunities for no reason other than that we are female. That’s why I’m calling on the BSA to end the discriminatory ban against young women and girls, and allow all children to participate in the Boy Scouts and earn the Eagle Rank. In most countries, Scouting is co-ed. International Scouting appreciates that separating children by gender is an artifact from a bygone era. The BSA has opened a few programs to girls and young women, but the Scouts exclude us from joining Scout Troops, and we are not eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the most advanced, and most challenging leadership program they have. Boy Scouting teaches young people to be strong leaders. I, and many young women like me, want this chance at the best leadership training for our youth. Women can now hold all combat roles, and have already earned Bronze and Silver Stars, and Purple Hearts in war. Women have leadership roles in government, business, academia and entertainment. Imagine what else would be possible for women with Eagle Scout training.... Under the leadership of former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates, the Boy Scouts recently ended anti-gay policies, allowing all boys and LGBT adults full membership in Scouting. The Boy Scouts should now end discriminatory policies based on gender, welcoming all children to participate in Scouting, including young women and girls. I know I could rise through the ranks and become an Eagle Scout alongside the best of the boys -- all I need is the opportunity. Please join us in calling on the Boy Scouts to allow all children to participate in Scouting and earn the Eagle Rank. Please sign our petition and encourage your friends on social media to get involved. We can be reached at ScoutingLetMeIn@gmail.com. Thank you for your support. Photo credit: Yasmeen Khan at WNYC.
Petition to Prime Minister of India, President of India, Film Censor board of India
Bollywood and Indian film industry - Stop promoting violence and rape against women
Bollywood and other Indian film industry - Stop promoting violence and rape culture against women in movies. Rape scenes should be removed from all movies . Such a pathetic state of male mind and culture in India. With the recent hoo halla going to politicize the unfortunate event , it’s time to think the root cause , it’s nothing else but our own beloved BOLLYWOOD and Indian film industry and our own superstars.Indian Film Industry has created, nurtured and promoted the violence on women in India . It needs to change NOW...Bollywood needs to change the culturePlease sign and promote this petition so that we can be the change #bollywood #bollywoodactress #noviolenceagainstwomentinbollywood #bethechange #BJP #INC #indiannationalcongress #narendramodi #rahulgandhi #AmitabhBachchan #SalmanKhan #Rajinikanth #shahrukhkhan #aamirkhan #priyankachopra #sonamkapoor #anushkasharma #parineetichopra #kareenakapoor #kareenakapoorkhan #deepikapadukone #jacquelinefernandez #shraddhakapoor #ranveersingh #varundhawan #sidharthmalhotra #akshaykumar #salmankhan #hrithikroshan #aamirkhan #arjunkapoor
Petition to Mrs. Susan Wojcicki, Mr. Sundar Pichai
Demand YouTube Stop Suppressing Women's Issues Videos!
We are a group of people devoting our life's work to elevating the real stories of hardships girls and women face all over the world, from rape to abuse to sexual assault to sex trafficking and beyond. We do this in large part through our charitable project Real Women Real Stories. You may have watched a video or signed a petition featuring our videos and the women we work with. Some of our stories are painful. But all of them need to be heard. Some of the videos on our YouTube channel have received millions of views and thousands of comments. Most have been posted and reposted on news sites around the world and shared countless times on social media. Our project has changed women's lives as their stories give lots of strength and hope to the masses. We have embraced millions of women who currently have no voice, and received thousands of thank you letters... But YouTube is effectively punishing our project by demonetizing our videos. YouTube has justified this by saying some videos, including ones we have published about sexual assault and rape, are not "advertiser-friendly." By removing our ability to make money and pay for productions, YouTube is handing down a death sentence for this very important women's empowerment project. Please stand with us and urge YouTube to support gender equality and awareness of women's issues! You can also become our patron and support our efforts. Diminishing our ability to bring more women forward means failing to raise awareness and eliminate gender-based violence. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue making women's voices heard. We are not compromised by corporate money or beholden to advertisers or access to the powerful, because we do not want to sanitize our content. Only you have the power to help us build this bridge and make YouTube folks realize the project's importance, foster better understanding, encourage dialogue and hopefully lead toward acceptance and monetization of our movies. It's high time YouTube get off their high horse and agree to treat its creators better, especially those who fight for a better future. Please sign this petition to urge YouTube to stop suppressing women's rights videos and to re-monetize Real Women Real Stories so that we may continue to do this important work. Become our patron here. 1 in 3 women will be experience physical or sexual assault at least once in her lifetime -- every 98 seconds a woman is being sexually assaulted. It can be your sister, your mother, your daughter, your niece… We can no longer afford to ignore this social issue. Be our light in this dark time.
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States
UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). December 18th, 2009, marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the treaty by the United Nations, and while 186 countries have ratified the convention, the United States remains one of only seven countries in the world that have not. Ratification of the treaty is critical and urgent for continuing progress on women's and girls' rights in this nation and for bolstering efforts to support and advance women's rights as well as democracy, liberty, civil rights, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide. Ratifying CEDAW would strengthen and advance the US Constitution, US leadership, this nation values, the common goods, and humanity goodness and virtues. http://www.change.org/petitions/the-united-nations-declaration-on-universal-human-rightshttp://www.change.org/petitions/united-nations-human-rights-defenders-declarationhttp://www.change.org/petitions/include-the-universal-declaration-of-human-rights-on-passportshttp://www.change.org/petitions/un-convention-on-the-rights-of-the-older-personshttp://www.change.org/petitions/the-united-nations-international-covenant-on-economic-social-and-cultural-rightshttp://www.change.org/petitions/convention-on-the-protection-of-the-rights-of-all-migrant-workers-and-members-of-their-familieshttp://www.change.org/petitions/the-united-nations-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilitieshttp://www.change.org/petitions/the-united-nations-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peopleshttp://www.change.org/petitions/the-united-nations-convention-on-the-rights-of-the-childhttp://www.change.org/petitions/global-well-being-index-better-life-index-for-the-common-good-and-well-being