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women's rights

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Petition to Narendra Modi, J P Nadda, Alok Kumar, Amitabh Kant, Maneka Gandhi

Save female lives... provide FREE vaccines for cervical cancer

How lethal is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is the leading cancer in Indian women and the second most common cancer in women worldwide. Its the second most common cancer in India, after breast cancer. In India, 132,000 new cervical cancer cases and 74,000 deaths occur each year, with Indian women facing a 2.5% cumulative lifetime risk and 1.4% cumulative death risk from cervical cancer. Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer occurs early and strikes at the productive period of a woman's life. The incidence rises in 30–34 years of age and peaks at 55–65 years, with a median age of 38 years (age 21–67 years) Do we have a preventive effective vaccine? YES Prevention by vaccination is emerging as the most effective option and two vaccines are already available. Two vaccines licensed globally are available in India; (Gardasil marketed by Merck) and (Cervarix marketed by Glaxo Smith Kline). The World Health Organization recommends the vaccine for all girls between 9 and 13 years, because the vaccine is highly immunogenic at this age. The HPV vaccine isn't intended to replace Screening Pap smear tests. Screening is “secondary prevention.” In India, vast majority of women remain unscreened and present with invasive cancer at a very late stage. Although individual screening may involve low cost in short term, a mass screening program may cost substantially. HPV vaccine is considered to be “Primary Prevention,” thereby reducing likelihood of persistent HPV infection to cancer. The economic and social cost of cervical cancer far exceeds that of vaccination. In countries like US and Australia, this vaccine has been mandatory, which shows its importance. For every 280 girls immunised, one case of cervical cancer can be saved ! What's the hurdle? The primary obstacle to HPV vaccination is financial (currently costs whopping ~ Rs 8000-12000 for full course so only who can afford can take it) . Because of the high cost of the present vaccines, affordability and accessibility of these vaccines is a major concern for a mass vaccination program in developing countries like India. Secondary issues relate to lack of awareness about the issue, not many are even aware of the availability of these vaccines. Thirdly, bureaucratic committees studying/analysing about the pros and cons about these vaccines is  delaying the decision to roll out the vaccine as part of the universal immunization plan. As have been proven since 2006, the HPV Vaccine is safe and does not cause side effects as more than 200 million vaccinations have been administered in over 80 countries to date. What can the Government of India do? Rollout a mandatory mass cancer-cervix prevention program through introduction of HPV vaccines to girls age 9-13 and  purchase the vaccine in bulk for substantially lowering the costs. Also Indian manufacturers be encouraged/incentivised to manufacture HPV vaccine locally. Create awareness programs thru public heath centres, social media and schools. Let's join hand to save lives! sources of information: Research Article by K. Kaarthigeyan, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3385284/ Research Article by Sujata Dalvi, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4199431/ http://hpvawareness.org

Sudhir P
288 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Change.org Support Admin, Sushma Swaraj

7 YEARS GONE, HELP MY BUA(RETIRED PERSON) IN GETTING HER DUES RELEASED FROM J&K GOVERNMENT

HELLO FRIENDS, I SIGNED MANY PETITIONS ON CHANGE.ORG AND HELPED MANY PERSONS. NOW, MY BUA IS IN PROBLEM RIGHT NOW AND I WANT YOUR HELP. MY BUA (RITA ARORA) IS A RETIRED PERSON. SHE IS 65. HER HUSBAND DIED, WHEN SHE WAS 29. SHE IS NOT HAVING ANY FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM ANYWHERE. SHE IS NOT EVEN GETTING PENSION AS THERE IS NO RULE OF PENSION AFTER RETIREMENT IN THE ORGANIZATION NAMED JKHPMC COME UNDER J&K STATE GOVERNMENT. SHE WORKED IN JKHPMC ORGANIZATION FOR 29 YEARS 5 MONTHS IN AZADPUR MANDI OFFICE BRANCH (FULL ADDRESS GIVEN BELOW) AND GIVE HER FULL LIFE TO THIS ORGANIZATION. EVERY RETIRED PERSON WANTS AND GETS MONEY HE/SHE SAVED WHOLE LIFE ON THE RETIREMENT BUT FROM LAST 7 YEARS, MY BUA IS WAITING FOR HER FULL MONEY TO GET CREDITED TO HER ACCOUNT. AFTER RETIREMENT, THEY SENT GRATUITY AND LEAVE ENCASHMENT CHEQUES WITHIN 5 MONTHS, THEN SHE SEND 3 CP FUND CHEQUES, EACH CHEQUE AFTER INTERVAL OF 6 MONTHS. BUT AFTER THAT AROUND THREE YEARS LEFT, SHE IS GETTING NOTHING FROM THIS ORGANIZATION. SHE DONE MAILS, REMINDERS BUT NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR THE PROBLEM. AROUND 5 LAKH RUPEES (CP FUND LAST INSTALLMENT, ARREARS) EXCLUDING ALL LATE CHEQUES INTEREST ARE STILL WITH THIS ORGANIZATION. MAM, MY BUA FACED SO MANY PROBLEMS IN HER LIFE AND NOW I WANT THAT SHE GET HER WHOLE MONEY WITH INTEREST CREDITED TO HER ACCOUNT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. SHE IS SO DISHEARTED THAT SHE SAID ME ONE DAY "SAURABH, I AM NOT SURE WHETHER I WILL GET MY FULL MONEY BEFORE MY DEATH?". THESE WORDS TOUCHED ME AND INFLUENCE ME TO WRITE THIS PETITION. I KNOW SUSHMA MAM HELPED MANY PERSONS AND SOLVED THEIR PROBLEMS. ITS BEEN LONG SEVEN YEARS, ALREADY LEFT AFTER RETIREMENT, MY BUA IS STILL WAITING FOR HER MONEY. SHE IS RUNNING SHORT OF MONEY. SHE IS IN DIFFICULTY RIGHT NOW. THEREFORE, I AM WRITING THIS PETITION AS I LOVE MY BUA AND I WANT THAT HER DUES AFTER RETIREMENT SHOULD BE CREDITED TO HER ACCOUNT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. ONE DAY, I TOLD HER TO PUT A CASE ON THE ORGANIZATION BUT SHE REFUSED TO PUT A CASE AS SHE IS A VERY LOVELY LADY AND DONT WANT TO SUE HER ORGANIZATION IN WHICH SHE WORKED FOR 29 YEARS. SUSHMA MAM, I RESPECT YOU A LOT AS YOU SOLVED PROBLEMS OF MANY PERSONS IN INDIA AND CHANGED THEIR LIVES VIA CHANGE.ORG. WE PROUD TO HAVE A MINISTER LIKE YOU. ITS MY REQUEST TO YOU MAM THAT PLEASE TAKE UP THIS ISSUE AND HELP MY BUA SO THAT SHE CAN GET ALL HER DUES CLEARED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE FROM JKHPMC ORGANIZATION. THANKING YOU! REGARDS SAURABH AHUJA (NEPHEW) FULL OFFICE ADDRESS - JKHPMC, D-371, NEW FRUIT MARKET, AZADPUR, DELHI.

SAURABH AHUJA
2,444 supporters
Decision maker responded 3 weeks ago

Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi

Stop repeat offences by child molesters. Allow adult survivors to report childhood abuse

I was sexually abused by my cousin’s husband when I was a little girl. I would wake up at night to find him sitting next to me in the dark. He would put his hands and mouth on my private parts. I would lie there, terrified and disgusted. I was so ashamed and confused that I told no one about the abuse. It continued till I turned 13. It was only as an adult that I realized what had happened to me. I also realized that I was not alone. Many child molesters are repeat offenders. They continue to abuse young children over decades. This meant that many of my young cousins and nieces were in danger. So I gathered courage and spoke to my family about it. My story was immediately confirmed by another cousin. She too had been abused by the same man. I decided to stop my molester from abusing more children by filing a complaint against him. But the police did not know of a law or legal route that they could use to allow an adult survivor to file a complaint about childhood abuse. I felt helpless and powerless. I could take no action against my molester, I could not prevent him from committing more abuse if he wanted to. But, I’m not willing to give up. That’s why I started this petition asking the Government of India to allow adult survivors to file complaints about childhood abuse. Sign my petition. It’s unrealistic to expect young children to walk to a police station and file a complaint about abuse. As a child I did not even know what was happening to me. I thought this was my fault, and I didn't even realize that I could go to an adult for help. I could only stay silent. But, I am an adult now, and I should have support and legal means to stop my molester from potentially continuing his offences on other children. Unfortunately, my story is not unique. What I have written about happens to many many children. There are many adults like me who are carrying the burden of childhood abuse. We need your support. To get justice for ourselves and protect other children from abuse. Sign my petition and appeal to the Indian Government to allow adult survivors of child abuse to file complaints.

Purnima Govindarajulu
148,521 supporters