Petition to Parliament of Queensland
It's not 1899: abortion should not be a crime.
Pro Choice Queensland’s “It’s not 1899: abortion should not be a crime” petition demands action by the Queensland Parliament to repeal sections 224-226 of the Criminal Code (Qld) 1899 relating to abortion. Queensland has some of the most restrictive laws in the country in relation to abortion, which remains a crime unless it is performed to prevent serious threat to the life or health of a woman. Reliable opinion polling consistently shows that at least 80% of the Australian public support a woman's right to choose. It is estimated that 14,000 women terminate a pregnancy every year in Queensland – not only those women, but also their doctors, could be deemed criminals under these laws. The law was written 117 years ago, drafted from the 1861 UK ‘Offences Against the Person’ Act and today is preventing women in 2016 from making choices about their families, their bodies and their futures. These laws in Queensland significantly impact on women's access to abortion, especially disadvantaged women and those living in rural or remote Queensland. Abortion should not be a crime and should be removed as an offence from the Criminal Code (Qld) 1899.
Petition to Peter Dutton
Peter Dutton: I was violated, beaten & tortured - please let me be free!
I’d rather kill myself than return to Iran - to the hell where my stepfather took my innocence by force. But unless Immigration Minister Peter Dutton urgently intervenes by exercising his discretion and allowing me to apply for a partner visa while in Australia, I’ll spend a life in limbo with the never-ending threat of indefinite detention in Australia or forced return to Iran. My life’s been rebuilt in Brisbane. I went to high-school here, made incredible friends and married a beautiful man. But in just a matter of days my bridging visa expires, and unless Minister Dutton allows me to apply for permanent residency, I could be forced back into detention or worse, to Iran. 5 years ago I escaped Iran to Australia after being violated by my stepfather and then by the brother of a friend whose house I escaped to. I was due to be a child bride to a 60-year-old man to “clean up my name”. Mum begged me to flee the country. So I came to Australia where I learnt about what safety, friendship, education and love really is. Last night my fight for freedom featured on the ABC’s Australian Story. But in a week, I could be given two horrific options: return to detention indefinitely or return to Iran where I’ll risk torture, even death. In all honesty, I would rather die in Australia near to my husband and friends than return to Iran. I’m crying as I write this. I’m thinking about my dream: to be a midwife and start a family. I’m working in retail and saving that money to pay for further education in health science. Please. Ask the government to show some compassion. Sign and share my petition to help me live my new life here, so I can help deliver new lives for you.
Petition to René Fasel - President IIHF
Remove the rules enforcing female face cages in International Ice Hockey
In the year 2016 where women's rights and equality are increasingly recognized as a priority in education, business, the military and politics; one might find it hard to believe that women do not have the same equality when choosing their own level of protective gear in not only professional, but amateur sports. In the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) rule book, it states that an adult male may choose to wear either a full face cage on their helmet, or a half face visor. However, minors and ALL females, must wear a full face cage at all levels of ice hockey, from amateur to professional leagues. Whilst most might say it would be 'common sense' to wear a full face cage anyway, the fact that adult females are not given the same right to choose as men, is simply antiquated. We are petitioning the IIHF to review this rule, in an attempt to bring such an internationally loved sport, into the 21st century. We encourage women and men world-wide to join us in making the IIHF aware of our disapproval of these discriminatory rules.
Petition to Nick Xenophon, The Right Honourable Martin Haese, Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Hon Steven Marshall MP, Hon Nat Cook MP, Hon Mark Parnell MLC
Demand a future free from domestic violence
The Spirit of Women is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to advocate a world free from Domestic Violence, to provide comfort and healing and to promote courage to speak up and out and create unity for everyone. Brain child of Helen Oxenham who started one of the first Women’s Shelter in South Australia, Helen has worked and lobbied tirelessly for this cause for the past 45 years in her desire to protect women and children. Read Helen's Story Here Helen’s passion and ongoing need to be involved in this work sparked a revolutionary idea to begin work on South Australia’s first ever Commemorative Project dedicated to the victims and survivors of domestic violence right in the heart of Adelaide City and in Christies Beach where Helen set up the women’s shelter. A need made all too real by the alarming and recent statistics that – More than one woman loses her life each WEEK to domestic violence and many more live in daily fear. The Spirit of Woman Commemorative Projects are both currently underway and have the support of both councils. Art is a powerful medium that can be used to transform place and foster healing in communities. Public art, in particular, can be a powerful vehicle for community healing and enhancement, creating an array of social and economic benefits for individuals, artists, government bodies, and communities alike. Creations of domestic violence projects are much needed in today’s society. Humanity needs a place to heal, to mourn and to remember the women and children who have predominantly died at the hands of domestic violence. Our project will not only support those who are mourning the loss of their mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends, but will act as a shadow of support for women who are still silently suffering. Please sign and share this petition! Thank you, Helen Oxenham
Petition to Ms A. Palaszczuk
Keeping the Roses Alive - Public register for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
The first I heard about Domestic Violence (DV) publicly in the community was with the "To Violence Against Women, Australia Says No" campaign. I didn't realise exactly what DV was until I found myself in a DV situation at age 37 and knew if I didn't escape it, I would die there. I have 2 young children who were also subject to horrific family violence with DV. The man who physically, verbally, mentally, emotionally and sexually abused me and two small children for nearly 3 years, is a repeat perpetrator. His previous partner had also endured his abuse. When we first met, as also told to me by his previous partner, he was lovely. He was romantic, seemed kind, and talked about wanting to settle down. He convinced me after a short time into the relationship that I would be a be a wonderful mother and it would be a shame if I didn't have children. He had said to me that at my age, it might be difficult and that I shouldn't leave the decision much longer or it might be too late. Also telling me, we were so right together, it was meant to be and we were happy. I certainly had enjoyed being swept off my feet by what I saw as a gorgeous and kind man. About 4 months into my pregnancy, things began to change. I wrote to him begging him to stop being verbally abusive towards me and I couldn't understand what had changed. Two weeks before my first baby was born he lashed out in a horrible display of violence and I was left in shock and fear. His previous partner had also endured his horrible and very frequent violence. She recalls, among many other incidents, the day he punched her in the face. His previous partner and I had a very long conversation after I took her two children and my two children and fled the house during a physically violent episode during which he had roughly pulled my two year old baby away from me and held him up off the ground by one arm. My two year old little boy was crying and screaming. I was screaming in horror and fear as he was flung about by this man while he was roaring and shouting abuse. He grabbed me by my face and hair and was pushing and pulling me to throw me to the ground. I was holding my 11 month old baby at the time and desperately trying to stay on my feet. There are many more events just like this one, the violence continued on a DAY to DAY basis. I believed him when he said "I probably will kill you one day". I still fear for my life and the lives of my two little boys. Had I been aware of his violence, I definitely would not have entered into a relationship with him. I went for help to the Domestic Violence Centre and a worker there informed me, perpetrators of DV carefully select their 'victims' and then will display perfect behavior until the 'victim' is committed either by pregnancy, marriage or purchase of property together. This man blames his behaviour on his 'partners' and a diagnosis of ADHD. He does not take any responsibility for his violent behaviours. We now live under the protection of a Domestic Violence Order. I am hoping with this petition, that perpetrators of Domestic and Family Violence who have been named as the respondent on a DVPO (Domestic Violence Protection Order) or who are known to the police for family or domestic violence can be named on an Australia wide, public register. I believe the register will assist our community by saving women (or men in some cases) from entering into relationships without knowing the violent tendencies of the other party. In addition, being named in a public register will hold the perpetrators accountable for their own behaviours and actions. I consider myself to be very fortunate. I somehow escaped. It wasn't easy, with threats to my life and threats against my children. And on the flip side, the emotional blackmail of not helping him, also a reason I stayed as long as I did. This public register of DVPO's could save another woman's life. Save another woman from getting involved because as explained to me by a psychologist, the behaviours escalate. The first time he punched a woman in the face. The second time he also threatened to kill. The third time, he probably will.
Petition to Jacinta Allen - Victorian transport minister, Metro , Daniel Andrews, Ellen Sandell Melbourne MP
Keep girls and women safe on trains - create a female-only carriage
Women and girls, both young and old, should not have to feel uncomfortable and unsafe on trains. On Monday evening July 31st, 2017, I boarded a metro train after work. I noticed the man directly opposite me deliberately staring at me the entire journey. He even extended his leg as though to keep me there, and began fidgeting with something in his hand. I considered changing carriages, but it was peak hour and besides, I was afraid he would follow me anyway. I felt intimidated and and wondered if I was just imagining things, but I was not. I felt afraid and vulnerable - powerless to escape his eyes and thoughts. Worried he would follow me, I phoned my father to meet me at the station platform despite not needing a lift (as I had a car parked at the station). But I felt I needed my father there to keep me safe. Things like this or worse happens all too often on trains. Many women face this issue - teenage girls face this issues. True, not all men are like this, not even most men. But those few men who are make many women fearful, cautious, concerned and intimidated. Having extra police on call, or security at train stations isn't going to stop this from happening, but a female-only carriage could prevent it from happening on trains. For any men, I know that most of you are decent respectable men and would never act this way, but imagine if it were your daughter, your sister, your wife, or your mother. How would you feel if even one man stared at them, rubbed against them or groped them on trains? These things happen, and most girls and women feel or are told it's 'just a thing females have to live with'. Why? Because as much as people are abhorred by these men's acts, no action takes place. There is an action that is simple, and attainable that can take place. I want to raise this petition; to create a female-only carriage on all trains. To give girls and women the freedom to choose to feel safe. A safe haven they can go to if they feel concerned. It won't affect how much space trains can allow for men and women to travel, it just means that it will be arranged differently - in fact, it should create more space in most carriages as some of the women who would ordinarily sit down would prefer to stand if it means they can at least be in a safer environment. I for one, would surely do just that. I hate feeling like I can't do anything about our circumstances, but this petition gives all us women the chance to feel safer on trains. This attainable change would have a huge impact on the way we - your daughters, mothers, wives and sisters - would feel about using trains to get to work, school or home. HOW MANY MORE? How many more teenaged girls and adult women have to come home and cower and cry after sexual harassment on public transport?How many more have to have showers and wrap themselves in blankets at home trying to forget the thoughts and touch from the man who sexually harassed or assaulted them?How many more have to consider ending their own lives (and many do consider it) because the feeling they experienced won't go away?How many more have to fear public transport?How many more have to feel vulnerable?How many more have to feel paranoid about a guy sitting next to the because they don't know if they are good or not?How many more?When will it end? QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS What message does this send to them? Shouldn't we just deal with the perpetrators?Answer : It actually says women don't feel safe. It doesn't mean they can act terribly on other carriages. If they think that, they are going to act this way regardless. You can't deal with 'perpetrators' because there is never enough 'evidence'. If some weird guy stares at woman or imagines himself with her in a sexual way, or groans weirdly, if a girl calls security or police and tells them she just could 'tell' what he was thinking and doing, what do you think will happen? Nothing. Why not leave things as they are? Aren't these just rare anomalies?Answer: No, they are not rare. Believe it or not, this happens to the majority of women who use public transport, not necessarily rape (that is rare) but man glaring at women, inappropriate staring, groaning, imagining sex with the female, groping them, pinching their butt, rubbing against them, hovering over them, stalking, muttering under breath, wolf whistling. You go into a group of fifty men at various ages, if you asked, how many will say they have been sexually harassed or were worried that it could happen to them on public transport in any of these ways. Probably none, although exceptions may have one or two. You go into into a group of fifty women and ask them the same thing, how many will say they have had these things happen or worried it could happen? 3-4 might say it openly, and then later in private discussions you find out from them that 30 of the women had felt these experiences. Nothing can be done unless they were practically raped. Should this be left like this? What is really the priority? That men should be allowed on any carriage they choose, or that women feel safer using public transport? The feelings caused by these experiences often don't leave for days or weeks. Why do we have to suffer because men are worried one small right is taken away from them. It's not like it decreases the space in carriages in fact it will increase them. This issue can't be left alone. Just because women shouldn't have to feel like they have to be careful on trains doesn't make it reality. Reality is there are enough guys who are sick-minded and not enough good guys who see this and respond and protect the girl, that sexual harassment is a part of public transport for women, unless something is done about, and the only thing that can really be done (unless you want to jail anyone who even looks at a girl weirdly) is to make a female-only train carriage. Deal with the bigger problem, and then try and deal with the smaller ones afterwards. Won't CCTV footage help catch perpetrators?Answer: CCTV footage won't deter men from rubbing against women in a packed train, and it won't condemn them either as in a packed train the cameras can't see the exact incident with such close proximity between the people on the train. It won't stop them staring indecently, worst punishment you may be able to give is maybe a fine, but that probably won't be justified anyway - not strong enough evidence of his motives. Females often feel so put-out by their experience they often don't have the courage to lay charges or ask someone to review the footage. Will this only help women and bring down men?Answer: Almost every man has either a daughter, sister, wife or mother. Surely they would feel sick just thinking that someone would sexually harass one of them, because they care about them. So it helps men too, to feel better about the females they care about. It also creates more seats for men to sit in carriages, as many women who would ordinarily sit down, would prefer to stand in the women only carriage than to sit in one that isn't. Isn't this just gender segregation, like colour segregation?Answer: No. Colour segregation was in truth nothing to do with reality, but rather myth, due to their lack of human reasoning for mere reason of feeling like they were somehow above someone else, worthy of a seat. They were feared because they were different. Here, only a few men are feared, but there are enough of them to affect the majority of women. Women are literally built defenceless, they are vulnerable (despite what some might otherwise claim) and they are seen as objects to some men. This is women only carriage idea is in the interest of keeping women safe (unlike colour segregation - where is was about maintaining power and control over another race).Think of it like restrooms. Do we say "oh is it gender-segregation that we have ladies and men separate?" Why don't we? Because some men might abuse the restrooms to take advantage of the women, or take footage of them, or so on. Because it's a private task?Perhaps to some degree, taking transport should be considered a private task. A woman is on their own, doing something necessary, minding their own business, and one man decides he can take advantage of her. It's wrong on so many levels, and a ladies carriage could fix that. If situations were reversed, and it were the men in majority who were being sexually harassed, I'm sure there would have been a men's only carriage adapted. The problem is men think, I'm a decent guy, I don't act like this, my friends don't act like this, women are just other people like us blokes. Sure, they're weaker, but this whole just isn't really a problem, not that bigger problem anyway. Men are pretty good, these women are trying to make us look bad, they're blaming us. But they don't see the big picture. We know there are plenty of 'decent blokes' but we can't deny the facts that there are more cases of women being sexually harassed by men than the reverse. The fact is, if there is going to be sexual harassment on a train, there is a 98% chance it's going to be a guy causing the problem on the girl/woman. These things happen regularly, because it only takes one bad person to cause sexual harassment.
Petition to State Library of Victoria
Digitise the 1909-1919 'Woman Voter' as a matter of urgency
We need our rich stories accessible to us, particularly now. We urgently need the insight of the voices contained in the pages of the Women’s Political Association (1909 - 1919) paper, 'The Woman Voter', digitised. It is on the list, but a long way down. Ask the State Library of Victoria to bring it up the list. Here are a few samples: Woman Voter August 1914: The policy of huge armaments, which made war inevitable, and rendered it so dreadful when it came, was dictated by an international ring of armament firms under the direction of prominent and all powerful statesman and financiers who control parliaments, governments and the press. Woman Voter 11 August 1914: We may indeed crush Germany but are we then to see the end of military tyranny? ... Now what are you women going to do about militarism in Australia, about militarism in other countries? Woman Voter 27 January 1916: According to (Mr Hughes) ... those persons who do not like the war - conscription, commercial exploitation, militarism - in any form - must be fallen upon with the ‘ferocity of a Bengal tiger’. Such expressions from the Prime Minister are nothing short of incitements to murder. Geraldine Robertson Tel: 03 9486 1808 Mobile: 0412 8653 10 email@example.com Women's Web - Stories, Actions - womensweb.com.au Women Working Together suffrage and onwards - womenworkingtogether.com.au Prejudice and Reason, some Australian women’s responses to war - prejudiceandreason.com.au
Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, United Nations
Gender Equality: Women are people too!
I am a 12 years old Girl and live in Australia and this frustrates me. All around the world there is unfairness against women and girls. They can't get jobs, go to school and get a driving license. I am trying to help the United Nations global goal, number 5, Gender Equality. I have never experienced bulling or sexism but I would like to stand up for other girls and women who have and are experienced these things, those others that are scared to stand up, for those who can't stand up and for those who can't speak or hear. I've had enough! So, if your reading this please help me to have a more equal world.