women's rights

141 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Scott Morrison, Christian Porter, Kelly O'Dwyer, Justice Hon Michael Keenan MP

Help Take 5 put victims of domestic violence in control!

A piece of paper isn’t enough to keep domestic violence victims safe. Since Sydney mum-of-four Jean Lennon was shot and killed by her ex-husband on the steps of the Family Law Court 21 years ago, with an AVO document in her hand, not much has been done to save victims’ lives.  On average one Aussie woman dies each week at the hands of a partner or an ex. Almost one quarter of these victims had already taken out an AVO against their murderer. This is a national disgrace. Here at Take 5 magazine we're demanding the government do more to keep women safe. We've demanded tougher sentences and imprisonment for violent offenders who breach an AVO. But that alone isn't enough. And the technology exists to better protect women and warn them that they are in danger. The NSW government is currently leading the way on GPS tracking with a system being trialled which has the option to alert victims, as well as police, when an abuser breaches a pre-set radius. These GPS tracking units, in the form of an anklet, are worn by violent abusers at high risk of reoffending. The victim carries a device in her handbag that is used to call her if the monitoring centre believes she is in any danger, such as if the abuser goes within any pre-set distance of his victim. But the victim alert isn’t always used in NSW and nationally we need to do better. We want this system to be rolled out for all high risk offenders for sentencing, bail and parole and all victims need the option to receive this device. This system is currently being used internationally in countries such as Spain, Portugal and UK. In Spain, to date, 800 couples have taken part in the program over a 10-year period and in that time the country’s high rate of domestic violence deaths dropped to zero. These victims deserve to know if the man who attacked them is near so they can take action and be empowered to make their own decisions. She deserves the chance to take control.  This GPS system that notifies both authorities and victims has saved lives so we're demanding our government give it a go. We're sending this petition to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Federal Attorney Christian Porter, Justice Hon Michael Keenan MP and Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer. Please sign it to show them you won’t stand to see more women killed at the hands of their current or ex partners. Enough is enough.

Take 5 magazine
3,300 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Facebook

Stop FB censoring reconstruction pics in closed groups for women fighting breast cancer

For women who have survived breast cancer, or are still fighting the disease, sharing stories of our journeys are vitally important. We form online communities to support each other, try to answer questions women with new diagnoses might have, inspire each other to keep fighting and be there for each other in the darkest days. When you survive breast cancer, reclaiming and celebrating your body is so important. But Facebook keeps deleting the photos we share with each other of our healing journeys, saying they violate community standards. We know that Facebook listens to petitions like this and change their policies – just a few years ago they changed their policy around photos of breastfeeding. The same should be in place for breasts posted in cancer support groups. Not all of us make it, but when we have a successful outcome we should be able to celebrate that to its fullest,( ie sharing pictures of our reconstruction process). Giving someone hope when they think all is lost is half the battle because at times “seeing is believing”. These photos provide hope and solidarity to closed group communities. Why does Facebook sexualise these images and say they're not allowed? Facebook is discriminating breast cancer fighters and survivors for sharing medical outcomes just because it’s our breasts. The breast in this instance is not being represented in a sexual way, and what’s more ridiculous is the fact many of us have had mastectomies, so our pictures are what talented plastic surgeons have been able to give us back when everything was taken to save our lives. Please sign the petition so that women fighting breast cancer can continue to provide each other with the support we need at such a difficult time.    

Amandajane Moyle
1,429 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, Mr Luke Foley, MP

NSW Parliament: Decriminalise abortion and repeal archaic and sexist legislation

In the wake of Queensland's historic passing of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 last week, we must now turn our attention to New South Wales.  In New South Wales, the act of procuring an abortion remains a criminal offence under the Crimes Act 1900, with 'offenders' facing penalties of up to ten years' imprisonment. It is unacceptable that in 2018, women still are not afforded bodily autonomy or the right to exercise choice over their own bodies, health and futures. Irrespective of the circumstances in which a pregnancy occurs, the woman who will feel the physical, psychological, social and other impacts of the pregnancy is the party who should be empowered to decide how the situation is managed. Recognizing and acknowledging women as capable and competent agents of decision-making would be a significant step for New South Wales. It is not appropriate that the Government withholds a woman's right to bodily autonomy - which is precisely what the Government is doing by enshrining criminal penalties for abortions in the Crimes Act. Consenting to, assisting in or performing an abortion should not constitute a criminal offence - it constitutes the exercise of personal decision-making as it relates to a woman's health, lifestyle, relationships, financial status and various other factors. It is New South Wales' duty to empower women to make informed and safe decisions in relation to abortions, and to support them during this process. It is not the State's right to impose criminal liability where a woman makes a personal choice - the cultural implications of this are dangerous and indicate a deeply-rooted institutionalised oppression of women and restriction on female autonomy. We call on New South Wales Parliamentarians to listen to their constituents and reflect on the progress that the rest of the country has made. It is time for legislative reform. Her body, her choice. Feel free to use the sample email that will appear on the next page and email, call or meet with your NSW Member of Parliament! Find out how to contact them here:

Kathryn Schmidt
198 supporters