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Petition to President Gianni Infantino

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

UPDATE: Iranian women were allowed into Azadi stadium on October 10 - but we expect stadiums to open completely and permanently. We continue to advocate for Iranian women to be allowed into league matches where most incidents of physical and verbal abuse, detention and arrests occur. We look to FIFA for the full stop to gender discrimination in sport. 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: We have surpassed 300,000! Help us reach 500,000!! 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 Shojaei
300,596 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

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 targeting and excluding young women, while promoting young men, is an example of the ongoing gender discrimination in the Boy Scouts.   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
11,715 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India, Supreme Court of India, K. Chandrashekar Rao CM Of Telangana

Justice for Disha

Disha, a veterinary doctor from Shamshabad in Hyderabad was found dead with her body partially burnt under Chatnapalli bridge on Thursday morning Nov 28, 2019. It is very heartening and deeply hurting to hear the last call made by Disha to her sister, saying "I'm so scared!". She is pleading for help, precious time was lost when Police stations in the area pushed responsibility on other stations. When it comes to criminal situation or grave danger it does not matter who makes the call or which police station gets to hear the call, action has to be taken first.  Time was lost in deciding which police station should take the case. Four people have been named as suspects and arrested. Mohammed Areef 26, (truck driver), Jollu Shiva 20 (cleaner), Jollu Naveen 20 (driver)  and Chintakunta Chennakeshaavlu 20. The perpetrators punchered Dr Disha's Scooty motor cycle and got close to her pretending to help her to gain her confidence. Later she was raped and burnt alive.  We have to put an end to crime against women and girls. I request Supreme court of India to handle the case at extreme urgency and pass a strong law that is going to change forever how rape cases are handled in India. It is time for us all to stand up and protect girls and women  in India unitedly. We cannot have one more Disha, Nirbaya incident happen in the country and we wait for justice to take a prolonged time where in victims are made to run from pillar to post, even after prime accused have been arrested. Justice delayed is justice denied. Action for supreme court justice and concerned authorities. 1. Complete DNA tests, collect forensic evidence and complete trial of the victim within one month of the incident. 2. Try individuals committing crime as adults if they are under age. 3. A police station that first receives the call or when approached by a family to lodge a complaint has to create an FIR without loss of time and alert all stations in the neighborhood in case of a missing girl/women. 4. Create a nationwide Alert system similar to one in U.S.A (Amber Alert) where in all agencies in a state/country, billboards are alerted immediately as soon as a girl or women goes missing and an FIR Is lodged. 5. Alcohol to be sold only on verification of Identity card, disallowing minors to buy it. 6. Petrol should be allowed to filled in a can or a container  at a petrol bunk only on verification of  Identity card and on taking the mobile number of the individual to prevent crimes from happening. 7. Create a Nationwide database of missing girls/women that is searchable by law enforcement authorities. A police officer should be able to use this information anywhere anytime. Hoping trial will be completed by Dec 31, 2019 with justice being delivered and with new law amendments and stricter enforcement of the same in the future will lead to better safety and security of women.  With the  arrival of New year 2020 dawn, a new vision and a happier world for girls/women should emerge. I sincerely hope that this movement will see the light that will shine forever bright on the girls/women of India, where in she is free and not afraid of men around her.  Please sign the petition and join your hands with me to write a new chapter in fighting rapes/violence against girls/women in India. Demand justice from Honorable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi and Supreme court of India to make India safe for its girls and women so that they are not walking with fear for their safety when they step out of their home. Thank you for your Support In the hopes of a new Disha for the girls and women of India.    

Chandrakumar Mudugere
2,853 supporters
Update posted 6 days 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.
119 supporters