women's rights

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Petition to John Horgan

Grant Tetyana Melnychuk her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which UNBC withheld through discrimination and abuse

Chairs of nursing schools can declare any nursing student "unsuitable" just as a matter of personal dislike for that person. The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) waited until the end of my registered nurse training  program to fail me in the last course, thereby maximizing their revenue, the bank's profit, and my student debt.  This happened even thought I was one of the top nursing students.  It was part of ongoing discrimination, abuse, and persecution against me by three nursing instructors and the chair of the nursing program at UNBC, who did not like the fact I am an immigrant English Second Language student and a single mother. UNBC consistently supports the chair of UNBC's School of Nursing, no matter what she and some of her faculty members do to nursing students. UNBC officials turn a deaf ear to the students' complaints unless the student can afford a lawyer.  Not surprisingly, since 2011 UNBC has banned lawyers from the student appeal process. I now owe a huge student debt with no means of repaying it or of supporting myself and my minor son. According to a lawyer, I have a human rights case against UNBC. However, without legal representation, I am unable to defend my rights against UNBC and obtain my registered nurse degree.  Moreover, Legal Aid and pro bono legal services do not provide help for low income people in cases such as mine. Provincial governments have privileged universities, but failed to protect students' rights and interests.  Publicly the BC government deplores the increase in child poverty! Please do not ignore this family; help and make one child's life better.                                                                                                                    I am asking you to help me obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNBC, so that I can write my registered nurse exam, receive my registered nurse license, find work, pay off my student debt, support myself and my minor son, and become a self sufficient member of society.                                                                                                                      What Martha MacLeod and some other UNBC instructors have done to some UNBC students is horrible.                                                                                                                UNBC must be compelled to treat its students fairly.  Students' rights need to be protected, and one of the best ways to do that is to allow students to have representation by a lawyer through all four stages  (instructor, chair, dean, senate) of the appeal process. This assistance needs to have funds available so that low and middle income students can enjoy the same effective rights as the wealthy. Please support us and pass this petition to others. Thank you very much for your support.   To know more about how UNBC has mistreated me, follow this link      

Tetyana Melnychuk
410 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Minister Maneka Gandhi


“Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.” -The Indian Penal Code Section 375 (Exception), India About 70% of women in India are victims of domestic violence. A woman is raped every 29 minutes. Every six hours, a young married woman is found beaten to death, burnt or driven to suicide. The number of women sexually assaulted by their husbands is 40 times the number of women attacked by men they don’t know. In January 2011, the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) Questionnaire reported that 24% of Indian men had committed sexual violence at some point during their lives. However, the real issue is that this marital rape perfectly legal. Marital rape, the act of forcing your spouse into having sex without proper consent, is an unjust yet not uncommon way to degrade and disempower women. Often, when a woman is treated like an accessory or toy, she begins to believe that she is nothing more than one. When she is told that a woman’s place in society is to be a wife and nothing else, she begins to reinforce that belief in her mind. When she is treated without respect, she begins to truly believe that she deserves to be treated like she is worthless. We need to take action immediately to stop this abuse and sexual assault being legally committed. It is crucial that we do our part to help prevent the harm and sexual abuse of these women. By making marital rape illegal, many citizens will realize how wrong marital rape actually is. Women will be able to receive help and keep themselves safe from abusive spouses. Lives will be positively impacted, even saved. Help women stand up for themselves, and help stop marital rape in India. *Additionally, we found that these abusive problems were blamed on the country’s religion (ex. “Muslim-majority countries”, “Sikh population”, etc.) while in truth, religion is no excuse for these crimes and most of these religions are known for being very peaceful. The criminals are hiding behind their religion in a way, and religion is no excuse for raping your spouse.   The following will be sent to the Prime Minister of India once this petition is closed.    His Excellency Narendra Modi,   (Number of signatures) activists from around the world bring to your attention today the law found in Section 375 (exception) of India’s Penal Code authorizing marital rape, provided the wife is not under the age of fifteen. On March 8th, 2017, a petition was initiated on ‘’ to have this law removed from India’s Penal Code, and we received (number of signatures) signatures from activists around the globe. We strongly believe that gender equality is essential in order for women to reach their full potential, and we feel that a law such as this which enables men to degrade and disempower women is a violation of women’s fundamental human rights. Marital rape is defined by the United Nations as “non-consensual sex (i.e., rape) in which the perpetrator is the victim’s spouse” and as a “form of partner rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse.” As you know, in Section 375 (exception) of India’s Penal Code, you can find the following law: “Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his own wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.” However, the United Nations defines violence against women as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.” We believe Section 375 (exception) of India’s Penal Code violates these values and principles of the United Nations. Many countries have recognized marital rape as violence against women and have outlawed it as a result, and we request for India to do the same. Furthermore, while India’s laws state that the marriageable age for women is age eighteen, this law states that marital rape is not rape provided the wife is not under fifteen years of age, which is contradictory to India’s own marriage laws. We ask you to eliminate Section 375 (exception) of India’s Penal Code and classify marital rape under the same definition as all other kinds of rape. We look to protect women of India who are victims of marital rape, and we believe that by removing this law, women will be safer from abusive spouses, can receive the help needed to recover from marital rape, and can save themselves from domestic violence and sexual abuse. Indian women deserve to be treated equally to men, and an individual's human rights do not deserve to be ignored by anyone, including by their spouse. Thank you for taking the time to consider our proposal, and we appreciate all that you do to protect and empower the women of India. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Respectfully yours, (Number of signatures) activists of ‘’   Citation:,_2005

Brynne Takhar
717 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Manitoba Human Rights Commission, The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Premier of Manitoba, Honourable Brian Pallister, Attorney General, Honourable Heather Stefanson, Supreme Court of Canada

Urge the Manitoba Government to END Size & Weight Discrimination NOW #SizeismSUCKS

My name is Lindsey Mazur, Registered Dietitian (RD), ally and advocate to end weight discrimination. As a dietitian, I have heard numerous painful stories of shaming, stigma and discrimination from clients that has impacted their mental and physical health and wellbeing. My work in health care has been dramatically impacted by witnessing the pain and lack of compassion shown to those who live in larger bodies.   October 2016- A Private Member’s Bill was introduced in the Manitoba Legislature to have "physical size and weight" included in the Human Rights Code to prevent discrimination based on body size.  This bill was not accepted. November 23, 2016-The Private Member's Bill was reintroduced as Bill 200.  November 2, 2017-Bill 200 was REJECTED with a vote in the Manitoba Legislature. March 19, 2018-The Bill was re-introduced, for the 3rd time.  I started Manitobans Against Weight Stigma to rally the community to urge the Government of Manitoba to pass this long overdue human rights legislation to END weight discrimination NOW!  How can you help? Add your name to this petition and share it Email your area MLA to let them know your support of Bill 200 to include ‘physical size and weight’ in the Manitoba Human Rights Code Connect with Manitobans Against Weight Stigma on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MBWeightStigma, using #SizeismSUCKS Share your story with me by emailing I have received permission to share a couple of stories from local women who have experienced size, weight and appearance-based discrimination: Jacquie is a fitness instructor in Winnipeg who was told that no one would want to train with her because of the size of her body and a project was assigned to a thinner and younger trainer despite Jacquie’s level of fitness ability and superior professional qualifications to do the job. Another Winnipeg woman applied for a promotion within her organization, and was denied; she was told that the woman who was offered the job was not more qualified than her but rather, more attractive.   Did you know… Studies have shown that over half (54%) of People of Size report having been discriminated against in the workplace.* More than 2/3 (69%) People of Size report having been discriminated by doctors.* In a study of adolescents in schools, 92% reported that they witnessed larger bodied students being teased about their weight.* *(Source: Yale Rudd Center, 2012) Want to learn more? Check out these news stories: 'This is a human rights issue': Local dietitian creates campaign against weight stigma

Lindsey Mazur
8,194 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Yvan Baker

The right to see a gynaecologist without a referral in Ontario

I have found myself betrayed by the healthcare system in Ontario.  I find it ridiculous that optometrists and dentists don't require referrals, but a specialist which every single woman should see at least once in her life requires such permission. How can we as a society be advocating for women's rights when we are not taking action to improve them in the basics of healthcare? Every woman should have the right to seek care without the hassle of having to seek approval, referrals and explaining themselves on the importance of our health. We may be 50% of the population, but we carry 100% of the future. The least we can do is give us and the generations to come the proper and most accessible care. For years I have been seeing doctors only to finally be diagnosed with the chronic illness of endometriosis. I suffer from severe pain about 5-10 days every month. As part of my treatment, I needed to see a gynaecologist. They arranged for me a mediocre doctor who was not a specialist in my circumstances and who was only able to see 5 months at the earliest. I needed a change however I did not want to risk waiting another 5 months for a new doctor and losing my spot with the one scheduled. I had to go back and forth seeking referrals, suggesting different doctors and was disappointed to find myself more concentrated on running around trying to get help rather than the actual treatment. Please sign this petition to support my letter to my MPP proposing to take action on improving our healthcare for women and their overall rights. I want my voice to be heard, but this issue is bigger than me. The Provincial Parliment must see this is more than a young girl with a complaint; this is a demand for change.

Solomiya Petrunko
148 supporters