women's rights

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Petition to PM Narendra Modi, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Prof. Dr. Ajay Kumar Ray, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Harsh Vardhan, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Mamata Banerjee

Construction of Ladies' Washrooms for female students in Government Colleges

Even in this brimming 21st century in colleges like Calcutta National Medical College, a reputed government medical college, there is no ladies' washroom. Girls' either have to hold their physiological excretion demands or have to perform it in gents' washrooms which are also available in few corners of the college, and it is obvious that these both actions are extremely harmful for the girls. My rightful demand is- are women not human beings, do they do not have the right to even have the basic necessities while studying in an institution? Or is this a way of saying that women are supposed to stay at home and do not deserve to enter into prestigious professions like medicine because these are for men. It is been over 70 years that this college of mine is established and still nobody thought about making up even a single ladies' washroom. Shame on the society, shame on being Indian if this continues. This petition is a voice for all those girls and their family members who are suffering because of the absence of washrooms both physically and psychologically and whenever tries to speak up about it, gets a harsh comeback by people above, so in fear and sense of prioritizing education over harmful battles with people of no conscience, stays silent.

Srimoyee Das
42 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Amanpreet Singh Bajaj General Manager Airbnb India

Airbnb provide free emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence

The pandemic and related lockdown has brought renewed focus to the sexual and gender based violence many of us face in our own homes. The pandemic has reduced or in some cases rendered the formal and informal justice and support systems that were in place for DV survivors, non-functional. This is apart from the fact that 86% of women who face domestic violence in India do not seek help.  During COVID-19, not only was access to legal support missing for survivors, there was limited access to emergency housing and shelter services.  While Domestic Violence (DV) is not unique to the pandemic, there is increasing evidence and consensus that the lockdown ordered to deal with the pandemic has aggravated cases of DV in India. One Future Collective runs a FemJustice Helpline that provides legal, mental health and social support to survivors of sexual and gender based violence. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we got 3x the calls we would get earlier. More and more people that called us needed interim housing or shelter before they could seek support from a friend or family member. The National Commission for Women also stated that the number of domestic violence survivors seeking help increased 2x during the pandemic.  The needs are immediate and building new infrastructure will take time. The time that this will take will be detrimental to the health and safety of women and queer folks forced to live in abusive households. We need every stakeholder to step up and take action to enhance the safety and wellbeing of survivors of domestic violence, including women and LGBTQIA+ folks. Airbnb has provided similar support in the USA (Chicago) and Ireland and is attempting to do this in Mexico. Airbnb has not only understood the severity of the issue but it already has the expertise to provide such support to survivors. Airbnb’s unique model gives it a presence in neighbourhoods across India. It is in light of this information that we’re making these demands of Airbnb: 1. Provide free emergency housing for survivors of domestic violence;2. Develop a platform or system through which survivors can access such housing easily and without the prerequisite of an FIR or police complaint; and3. Train your stay partners on protocol for trauma informed communication and support for survivors that may access such housing.  Best, Vandita Morarka, for myself and on behalf of One Future Collective

Vandita Morarka
24 supporters
Decision maker responded 3 days ago

Petition to Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Sohini Bhattacharya, ElsaMarie DSilva, Dr. Shruti Kapoor

10 Million Girls are at Risk of Never Returning to School #100DaysofAction

My future is at stake.  This second wave of the pandemic has left people struggling for food, struggling to get medicines and oxygen. Family income is hanging by a thread but most importantly, any hope for education is lost. How will we ever recover from this? My name is Nisha* and I was forced to work until I was nine. I only learnt the word "school" after half of my school life was over. I have been working for years with organisations like Save the Children to ensure that girls from slum areas in Delhi are enrolled into school, get the books they need and extra help in studies so they are really learning. But now, it seems even those efforts are at stake. Girls are always seen as weak or a burden, they are the first ones pushed into work, sold to the highest bidder or married to the cheapest. I have seen some of that first hand, in my own life. Our government needs to give special attention to this silent pandemic, one where girls like me are lost to the worst possible lives. A life without education for a girl is a life without any rights. My dream is to see girls take strides towards their futures. This is slowly becoming a distant dream. Will you help me hold on to it? Will you #AllyUpForHer and help #SaveOurEducation? Nisha*, 18 years, New Delhi. 10 million girls are at risk of never returning to school. The effects of COVID-19 crisis has put the promise of ‘education for all’ into jeopardy, casting a long shadow on their future. While school closures are an effective precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19, evidence from previous emergencies suggest that the longer children are unable to attend learning facilities, the more likely it is they will never return to school. The risk of children dropping out-of-school applies especially for girls and the most marginalized including children of migrant families As the Minister for Education, we urge you to consider the below recommendations from Save the Children so all children, especially girls, continue to learn. 1. Ensure learning continuity through equitable access to teaching learning materials for vulnerable children with special focus on girls including development of low-tech and no-tech solutions. 2. Ensure psychosocial wellbeing support to combat the impact of COVID-19 for children, parents, caregivers and educational personnel. 3. Ensure uninterrupted provision of safe and nutritious food for all children (Mid-Day Meal) during closure of educational facilities. 4. Ensure dedicated financial support to ensure continuity of learning of children who have lost both or one of their parents due to COVID-19. 5. Increase in union and state education budgets to ensure that all children have access to quality, inclusive education equitable education and build back equitable, more inclusive and resilient education systems. 6. Ensure teachers, Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and helpers well-being especially those personally affected by COVID-19, limit their role to teaching/academic work and prioritize their vaccination. 7. Minimize use of schools and educational institutions for any public health interventions (including use of schools for medical use or COVID-19 vaccination centers) to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. Nisha's words echo our asks and it is our collective responsibility to #AllyUpForHer. India must ensure that girls are brought back to school or we are at risk of losing an entire generation of learners to the pandemic. We are campaigning for #100DaysOfAction to say all children, especially girls, continue to learn. And we ask you to #AllyUpForHer!

Save the Children
10,292 supporters