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Petition to Jim Turley, Ellie Morrison, Michael Surbaugh, The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scout President Jim Turley: Speak Out Against Discrimination and Harassment of Girls

I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law. On February 1, 2019 - 478 days after the announcement that the BSA would soon allow girls to join - I was finally permitted to become an official member of the new Scouts BSA. I have done all the work to earn the highest rank - Eagle Scout. Sadly, the BSA leaders - Jim Turley and Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh - continue to promote policies of gender discrimination against girls by refusing to even consider girls for the rank of Eagle Scout until October 2020 - 3 years after announcing girls will soon be welcomed as full members. Male scouts do not have to wait until October of 2020 to earn the Eagle Rank. This policy only against young women is clear gender discrimination.   Why is the BSA continuing to discriminate against young women?  President Turley and Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, please join me in speaking out against gender discrimination and harassment in Scouts BSA.  Why did it take the BSA eight months to revoke the membership of an honor society, Order of the Arrow, adult leader, CYBERHARASSER?  I am committed to building the new Scouts BSA but we need your vocal support to be free from discrimination and harassment,.   When I first met with the Boy Scout Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh, he encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges.  Mr. Surbaugh even said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout.* I did the work. I earned Merit Badges and Rank Advancement. I completed my two Eagle Projects. I was even elected Senior Patrol Leader of my Troop. I should not have to wait until October 2020 to be awarded the Eagle Rank I have already earned.   This past October, BSA President Jim Turley told me that my work, and the work of hundreds of other young women, will not count. Male Scouts are not required to repeat work on Rank and Merit Badges and wait until 2020 to earn the Eagle Rank. President Jim Turley: why is the BSA continuing to discriminate against young women?   Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA accept girls into the program. Because of this, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley. Please end the discrimination and retaliation against young women - NOW.   If the new Scouts BSA intends to welcome girls, there can be no tolerance for Harassment and Bullying of young women.  Mr. Turley, we must a safe Scouts BSA program, free from harassment. Young women have to know that if we file a complaint it will be investigated and taken seriously. As of now, we don't have confidence in the BSA to investigate claims of harassment. Please work with me and speak out against discrimination and harassment in the BSA.    Send an email to President Turley and Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, respectfully telling them that girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges opportunities as boys and to speak out against harassment. Please send to all email addresses:;;;; #ScoutHerIn #LetSydneyInNOW #CatalystInc #MeToo *There already are female Eagle Scouts. 

Sydney Ireland
11,665 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Aetna , TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, Unified Women's Healthcare of Texas

Continuity of Coverage for 30,000 Texas Women

Aetna has chosen to put profit over people by unilaterally deciding to drop Unified Women’s Healthcare of Texas from their network coverage effective August 15, 2019. In deciding to cut these 160 OB-GYN healthcare providers, Aetna is endangering 30,000 women across Texas of all socioeconomic status to access to care for not only pre- and postnatal care, but cancer screenings, treatment for infections, birth control decisions, surgical procedures, and more. The state of Texas according to the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force has an alarming maternal mortality rate of 14.6 per 100,000 live births, for African American women living in Texas the maternal mortality rate is even more concerning. While their letter to those affected stated “If you’re receiving care with this healthcare provider, you may be able to continue your care and get services covered after the end date”, research shows that the length of postpartum care available to new mothers is not adequate to help decrease these mortality rates. In cutting Unified Women’s Healthcare of Texas, Aetna is contributing to this problem as these new mothers will now have the added stress of being forced to end a trusted relationship with their provider in addition to caring for their newly born child(ren). For many women, the only healthcare provider they see is their OB-GYN because of the trust they have built with their provider. This decision impacts 30,000 women across the state of Texas who rely on the 160 OB-GYN healthcare providers affiliated with Unified Women’s Healthcare of Texas to provide them with care. People are mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts, nieces, our friends, and our loved ones. People are not profit points. Our Ask: -We ask Aetna to continue contract negotiations with Unified Women's Healthcare of Texas. -We ask Aetna to reconsider Unified Women's Healthcare of Texas cost saving proposal. -We ask for continuity of coverage  and the ability to continue trusted relationships formed and built up over the years with our OB-GYN.  

M. J
553 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to President Gianni Infantino

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

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 250,000! 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
241,188 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Caroline Rush

Create a law to protect models from being pressured to lose weight!

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! 

Rosalie Nelson
229,085 supporters