women's health

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Petition to U.S. State Legislators

No Tax On Tampons: Stop Taxing Our Periods! Period.

Aunt Flo is one helluva house guest. She can be painful, messy, and just keeps coming back each month. And, oh yeah, expensive! As anyone who menstruates knows, dealing with a period is a monthly necessity—and a costly one at that. Women spend upwards of $70 a year on sanitary products like tampons and pads. What’s worse, across the U.S., a whopping forty states increase the financial burden of menstruation by charging sales tax on these essential items. Not taxed: a bag of chips. Taxed: a box of tampons. WHAT?! Check out the above map to see if your state is one of the forty that taxes your purchase of tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. For anyone who has a period, these items are a necessity—not an option, not a luxury item—and should be treated as such. Eliminating the Tampon Tax is simply the FAIR and EQUAL thing to do. Change is possible! This summer, Canada made history when its Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate a national tax on menstrual products. Across the pond and down under, women in the U.K. and Australia are insisting their governments do the same. A global movement is underway! Sign this petition, share it with your friends—and let the forty state legislatures that profit from your period know that you won’t stand for it. Join Cosmopolitan in the national movement to Axe the Tampon Tax! #TamponsForAll

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and Cosmopolitan Magazine
71,462 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, Robert A. DeLeo, Harriette Chandler, Governor's Office of Community Affairs

Ban Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Massachusetts

Our names are Aisha Yusuf, Hanna Stern, and Mariya Taher, and we each are pleading to the Massachusetts State Legislature to pass a law making it illegal for someone to carry out Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting/Circumcision (FGM/C) on young girls. FGM/C involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue on girls, and can cause physical harm including pain, bleeding, shock, tetanus, genital sores, and cause long-lasting psychological harm including sexual disorders, fear of sexual intimacy, nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder. Mariya - I was born in the United States and now live in Massachusetts, but at the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in India. Friends and relatives of mine also living in the United States have undergone FGM/C both here in the United States or in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Australia, and many other countries in the world. Aisha- I got my circumcision when I was five. I know many women who also got it done. Personally, I know people in my community who talk about it as if it’s normal. I was aware of people practicing it behind closed doors but I also know that some people are looking for ways to keep the practice alive here in the States even though it might mean legal action is taken against them. I didn't know my home state, Massachusetts, had no laws against FGM/C until I met Mariya who works with many communities to protect girls against FGM/C. Hanna - I literally stumbled on the subject of female genital mutilation searching for a global health research topic online for a school project. I knew nothing about it and was concerned that others would find it uncomfortable and unrelatable. My teacher told me that was all the more reason to focus on FGM/C. It’s not a cultural issue; it’s not a third-world problem. FGM/C happens all over the world; it is happening in Massachusetts! Regardless of culture and tradition, and despite a lack of intent to cause injury, the end result is girls in MA are being violated and need our protection to safeguard them from FGM/C. Massachusetts is known for its progressive policies in terms of reproductive rights, anti-discrimination laws, and equality issues, yet our state still is in the minority of states that do not ban female genital mutilation or cutting. As FGM/C is nearly always carried out on minors, is a violation of the rights of children, and reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes that constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women, we must protect girls from undergoing FGM/C. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that over half a million girls and women in the United States are at risk. Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for at-risk populations with an estimated 14,591 women and girls.  Since 2012, the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association has over and over again tried to advocate for a state law criminalizing FGM/C. Yet, still to this day, no law has been put into place. The current bills, S.788, and H.2333, have been sent to committee for study and most likely will not move forward either. All three of us believe in the importance of education and community engagement to help create social change within communities and amongst groups where FGM/C might be happening. To that end, we each have organized and participated in community events to educate our friends and family members about the harms of FGM/C and why it should be abandoned. Yet, despite our efforts, FGM/C continues, often being touted as a religious or cultural practice that is needed to control women’s sexuality. In April 2018, a doctor in Michigan was charged with performing FGM/C on minor girls, highlighting yet again that FGM/C does affect women and girls living in the United States. The doctor claimed FGM/C was a religious requirement and that there were no harmful effects. We three believe that culture and religion should not be an excuse used to sanction harm to girls. We need a bill in Massachusetts that unequivocally reiterates that female genital mutilation/cutting is a form of violence. There are laws against domestic violence and sexual assault. We need a law against FGM/C as well. We three believe our state can do a better job of protecting girls in the Commonwealth by banning FGM/C. You can support us too by signing our petition demanding that legislators make passing a bill banning FGM/C high on their list of priorities. Let’s work together to take a stance against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting!  ~ Aisha Yusuf, Hanna Stern, and Mariya Taher  

Mariya Taher
12,135 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, California State Senate, California State House, California Governor

California Tampon Tax: WE WANT YOU OUT!

Each year, Californian menstruators are taxed over $20 MILLION just on tampons and pads because they are not considered necessities, yet Viagra and Rogaine do not have this sales tax. According to California law, menstrual products are deemed non-essential goods and taxed at 7.25%, thereby implying that menstrual hygiene is unnecessary -- a luxury. MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IS NOT A PRIVILEGE, IT IS A RIGHT. For the average consumer, this tax can become burdensome, as menstruators are already expected to pay an average of $7 a month on menstrual products, not including other menstrual care expenses. California has the nation’s highest poverty rate, with 14.3% of Californians lacking sufficient income for basic needs. It is almost guaranteed that half of this population menstruates, and the tampon tax only adds unwarranted pressure for these individuals. Menstrual products are essential, and menstruators will nevertheless buy them to maintain menstrual hygiene. It does not make sense that menstruators are being taxed for something that they have no choice but to buy. The Tampon Tax exists in 36 states and remains the only gender-specific tax that exists in the country. Our hope is to eliminate this tax one state at a time, which would be a huge step achieving gender equality and opening up the conversation on menstrual hygiene. As fellow citizens, menstruators and non-menstruators alike, we have the responsibility to note injustice and act upon it. We cannot allow people to pay a luxury tax for a natural bodily function. We are calling on the governor of California, Jerry Brown, to repeal the Tampon Tax, and we need your help to do so. Our goal is 100,000 signatures in 30 days, join us. Sign this petition, share it with your friends, and join the Menstrual Movement in creating change for millions of menstruators and demanding systemic change towards gender equality. ABOUT US PERIOD is the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health in the world. We provide and celebrate menstrual hygiene through service, education, and policy — through the global distribution of period products to those in need, and engagement of youth leadership through a nationwide network of campus chapters. In the last two years, we have addressed over 300,000 periods and have registered over 180 campus chapters at universities and high schools in the United States and abroad.    

PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement.
3,601 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Phil Murphy, Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, Christopher Smith, Frank Pallone, Robert Singer, Sean Kean, Edward Thomson, Vin Gopal, Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Samuel Thompson, Robert Clifton, Ronald Dancer, Declan O'Scanlon, Amy Handlin, Serena DiMaso

Sober Sanctuary for Women in Monmouth County, NJ

With the Opioid Epidemic Spreading in NJ. Monmouth County is one of the top listed in the state as having the opioid crisis and also overdoses. The county jail is overflowed with women addicts incarcerated and being treated as criminals and not as having a disease on a waiting list to either see a judge , drug court, or a program not in our county.  Women statistics have fluctuated drastically in the past few years in Monmouth County with the opioid addiction and overdoses with children present. When it comes to a "safe haven" in Monmouth County women have a limited to NONE option. Considering all of the baggage that women carry New Jersey has a small sanctuary for women and possibly children to go to. MONMOUTH COUNTY HAS NONE! Men have more options, sober-living, shelters, detox's, treatment facilities.  I have seen with my own eyes abandon homes, buildings in Monmouth County that could be state funded and restored to be become sanctuaries for women to get off the streets and go to for help, a hug, or just to tell them were here when your ready and when you get ready be prepared to do some serious life changing work. This comforting but stern process should be given as a test to see if this process would work. Please sign this petition that will go to the NCADD to the state building in Trenton and all freeholders to open sober sanctuaries for women and children in Monmouth County.  

Jillian Rovira
204 supporters