Petition to Jack Dorsey
Large scale shut down of accounts which tweet rape threats against women!
"You need to be raped …" "I'll throw acid on your face" "I'll make sure you never sing again" These were just a few tweets that I got for expressing my opinion on twitter. I am a playback singer in the film industry and I accept that I will be in the public eye. But these threats of violence left me shaken and scared for my life. When I tried to report these threats Twitter simply ignored my fears. They told me that they would not take any action unless there was a police case. Most women give up at this stage and quit Twitter. I decided to fight and filed a police complaint. Ultimately it was my fans who helped us identify my abusers. 3 people were arrested and spent 10 days in jail. The entire incident left me furious! I am a celebrity and I have time, support and resources to fight. But what about the millions of ordinary women who use Twitter and face rape threats everyday? It is the responsibility of Twitter to ensure that their platform is not used for promoting violence against women. That’s why I started this petition asking Twitter to send a strong message against online abuse by doing a large scale shutdown of accounts which tweet rape threats against women. Twitter has recently come out with new safety policies for it’s users. It talks about ‘mute’ and ‘block’ functions. But twitter has never done a large scale shutdown of accounts that promote violence against women. In 2015, 360,000 twitter accounts were shut down for links to terrorism. Why can’t the same be done for accounts that tweet rape threats? Twitter has to accept its responsibility. In its latest safety update twitter has said, “We’re listening and want your feedback so we can learn faster, build smarter, and make meaningful progress.” I want Twitter to listen to its women users. I do not want to censor free speech and disagreements which are subjective and personal. But threats of rape can be objectively tracked and should not be protected as a “right to speech”. Some men think rape threats are no big deal. That it’s ok to use rape or murder as casual threats. Rape is one the worst forms of violence. Threats of rape and other gender-based violence are weapons that are used to subjugate and silence women. If Twitter does a large scale shut down of these accounts that threaten to rape women, it will send a very strong message that the platform cannot be used for such vicious attacks. Women across the world are beginning to find Twitter hostile and traumatic. It’s time Twitter cleaned up it’s act and showed women that it is truly listening to our concerns.
Petition to General VK Singh, Maneka Gandhi
Passport for my daughter with mother´s name
I am a single parent. My Husband abandoned my daughter and me when she was born just because she was a girl. He never looked back and doesn’t even care whether we’re dead or alive. Recently, I applied for the passport of my daughter. My daughter doesn’t want her father’s name on the document. Our application was denied and we were told that both names are required. My daughter did her schooling with my name only. Her voter ID card, Aadhar card and bank account have my name. Why was only the passport denied? My daughter and I were forced to go through mental agony and torture. We tried to convince the passport officer, wrote letters, met senior officers but our request was denied. In the end we were forced to include his name. Every time my daughter looks at her Passport, she sees the name of a person who hurt her, who abandoned her. Single fathers and mothers face several hardships. Often there is a traumatic story behind the reason we are single. We have to work extra-hard to support our children and be there for them. The judiciary has given progressive judgments that say that the Father’s name is not required. My humble request is for the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Home Affairs to look into this matter and help single parents - fathers and mothers, so that they don’t have to go through this agony.
Petition to Maneka Gandhi, JP Nadda, Satyendra Jain, Devendra Fadnavis, Mamata Banerjee, C. Laxma Reddy
Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth
Caesarean deliveries have become a business. The hospitals and doctors are making money off unsuspecting women and pushing them towards surgical deliveries. Even though serious complications were not detected, I was cut open to deliver my baby. I wanted to have a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section as it was presented to be more ’scientific, modern and risk-free’. I was misled, manipulated, confused and my choice was overriden. For many of us, the right to informed-refusal or consent during childbirth is hardly an option either due to lack of awareness or the high-handed attitude of doctors. It was a long, painful, depressing recovery for me and when I looked into this issue, what I found was alarming. India’s C-section rate is growing exponentially. The fact that private hospitals have a much higher rate of C-sections than public hospitals has a direct correlation to the fact that surgical deliveries cost so much more than normal ones in these facilities. Recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, started this petition asking the Women and Child Development ministry to issue an advisory to the Medical Council of India to Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children World Health Organisation (WHO) norms prescribe that C-section deliveries should be ideally 10-15 per cent of the total number of deliveries in the country. However, in urban Telengana, 74.8% of the private sector deliveries are by C-section and it is as high as 41% in Kerala and it is 58% in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by the ICMR School of Public Health. It is important that even women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. The fact is that only 10% of births should be via C-section, however, in Indian private hospitals that rate is close to 50%. This is a serious health risk and the government has to take action NOW! Sign my petition and ask the Women and Child Development ministry to end this harmful practice by hospitals. Image Courtesy: abdn.ac.uk
Petition to Arun Jaitley, JP Nadda, Maneka Gandhi
Petition to Arun Jaitley for removal of tax on sanitary napkins
India is about to cross an important milestone in implementing the GST and this has brought to the forefront a long pending demand of various activists and organisations to reduce or abolish the tax on SANITARY NAPKINS. Data in the public domain show: Only about 12% of the 355 million women use sanitary napkins. This 12% is liable to a VAT that can go up to 14% varying from state to state. In the rural area only 2% of 75% target population use it. Media reports a 12% tax is expected to be applicable even with the proposed GST (Goods and Services Tax). In India, an estimated 70 % of women cannot afford sanitary napkins. Making it affordable It is bound to have an impact on attendance of girls in schools, adding impetus to greater women participation in our work force which is just a meager 21.9%. Affordability, ease of availability and accessibility needs to be at the forefront of this battle. Environmental factor As the plastic used in sanitary napkins is non-biodegradable it leads to degradation of the environment.A minimal tax can be imposed on disposable sanitary napkins to dissuade its use on large scale in order to safe-guard the environment. Solution A 100% tax exemption for the production and distribution of environment and health friendly pads(reusable cloth sanitary napkins and environment friendly napkins) will: add impetus to the reach of the product also help the organisations involved in the production of these pads that also gives livelihood opportunities to rural women. Why is the tax unfair? Women are being taxed 12 months a year, for about 39 years on a process they have no control over. What the government needs to do With the GST that is going to be implemented, a step needs be taken by the central government to make sanitary napkins tax free (like condoms and contraceptives) as it is an essential item which is a necessity for every woman. This step will only bolster the idea of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padao' and 'Swachh Bharat'. How you may help On the occasion of the International Women’s Day let us take a pledge for our future and the future of millions of Indian women. I request one and all to sign the petition to make way for Tax Free Wings.
Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, Smriti Irani, CBSE, ISCE , Maneka Gandhi
Teach Kids & Teachers How To Fight Sexual Abuse: Make it part of the syllabus
Trigger Warning: Content About Sexual Abuse I was 4-years-old when I was sexually abused. It was a trusted family member. I was too confused to know what was happening. When I was 8, the caretaker of my apartment molested me by pretending to play a game. My aunt laughed at me when I tried to talk to her. What happened to me continues to happen to thousands of children across the country. In these horrible times, no child is safe. That’s why I want schools in India to have compulsory Personal Safety Education. I was abused till I was 19 years old. But not one person noticed what I was going through. My education suffered and they blamed me. They didn’t see the depression. They didn’t even see the physical signs. Throughout my childhood I kept looking for a safe space. But it isn’t easy to talk about abuse in India. Children must learn how to be safe, to identify and avoid predators. Teachers and staff must learn how to identify signs of abuse and provide counselling and parents must learn how to protect their children. And should a child ever face abuse or even the possibility of abuse, they will have a teacher they can trust and safely turn to. A teacher who won’t laugh it off, who won’t ignore the warning signs, who will be there for the child. I’m asking the two largest school boards in India - CBSE and ISCE to make Personal Safety Education a compulsory part of the syllabus. This will impact lakhs of children in India. Sign my petition now so that I can show the Government, the CBSE and ISCE that lakhs of Indians want their children to be safe. Help me make this country a little bit safer for children.
Petition to United Nations, United Nations Development Program, Imran Khan, Nawaz sharif
Help to start a safety app to report harassment in Pakistan.
According to a study carried out in 2009 by Human Rights Watch, it is estimated that between 70 and 90 percent of women in Pakistan have suffered some form of abuse. An estimated 5000 women are killed per year from domestic violence, with thousands of others maimed or disabled. A safety app was started in Pakistan's province Punjab where acts of violence could be reported to the police. However, the other provinces remain deprived of such initiatives. It is estimated that one woman experiences some form of violence every second. Sign and share this petition to make a change!
Petition to Devendra Fadnavis, Deepak Sawant
Make it mandatory for all hospitals to declare number of Caesarean deliveries #SafeBirth
Caesarean deliveries have become a business. Private hospitals in India conduct C-section deliveries even when they are not required so that they can make money. I was cut open to deliver my baby even though there was no medical reason. I wanted a natural birth but had to undergo a C-section because doctors misled and manipulated me. I had a long and painful recovery. In fact, recent studies show that C-sections lead to a higher risk of post-partum depression and lower breastfeeding rate in women and diseases like obesity and diabetes in children. Despite its adverse effects on maternal and child health, hospitals and doctors are indiscriminately conducting C-sections to make more money. I wanted to make sure that no other woman is misled like I was. When I looked into the issue, what I found was alarming. WHO guidelines say that C-section deliveries should only be 10-15% of total deliveries. I was shocked to learn that in my own state of Maharashtra, 33.1% of all deliveries are C-section births. To discourage this trend, women need to be made aware of the C-section rates of different hospitals and maternity homes, so that they can choose their hospitals carefully. That’s why I, with support of the NGO Birth India, are asking the Maharashtra CM to issue an advisory to all Maharashtra Hospitals: Make it mandatory for all doctors and hospitals to declare the percentage of Caesarean delivery rates to patients. Conduct enquiry against those with abnormally high C-section rate. Frame clear guidelines for conducting Caesarean to safeguard the health and rights of women and children Smt Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development has already strongly supported this campaign at the National level. She called C-section deliveries a commercial racket and has called for their regulation. The Union Health Ministry is also drafting rules that will direct all private hospitals under the Central Government Health Scheme to disclose their C-section rates. However most hospitals are regulated by their respective state government, and that is why I am appealing to the Maharashtra CM to take action in his state. He will also set a strong example that can be followed by other states. It is important that women are made aware of the impact of Caesarean sections, which truly is an emergency recourse and not a routine medical procedure. This is a serious health risk and the Maharashtra government has to take action NOW!
Petition to Government of India, Maneka Gandhi
POLICIES THAT CAN BOOST WOMEN EMPLOYMENT IN INDIA
It is high time that companies start giving importance to women and recruit them, the way they give to the men. They usually prefer male employees because to the male employees they don't have to give paid maternity leaves (one of the major reasons) which they consider as a loss. My petition covers the following policies that should be implemented by the Government of India to boost women participating in the workforce: 1) WOMEN SHOULD HAVE THE FREEDOM TO SEEK PAID LEAVES DURING MENSTRUATION AS PER THEIR COMFORT AND NEED. 2) THERE SHOULD BE AT LEAST 40% WOMEN STAFF IN A COMPANY OR AN ORGANISATION. 3) THERE SHOULD BE EQUAL PAY FOR BOTH MEN & WOMEN OF THE SAME DESIGNATION. I am very sure if these policies are implemented by our Government there will be an increase in the number of women participating in the workforce. This way the companies will consider the female employees too. The lesser number of women working in India have resulted in a negative impact on our GDP. I am quoting the World Bank and The Hindustan Times in this regard as follows : "INDIA ranks 120th among 131 nations in women workforce, says World Bank report.""Only 27% of India’s women are participating in the workforce according to a World Bank report. Economists says that these dismal numbers have had a negative impact on India’s GDP.There are many reasons for this state of affairs. Gender-discrimination in workplaces, lack of access to facilities such as childcare, neglecting girl children’s education or health etc."