Petition to Prakash Javadekar, Narendra Modi
Self Defence - A Compulsory Subject in School.
Self-defence is of utmost importance in the kind of the world we live in today. It is especially important for women, generally referred as the weaker sex and are considered easier targets. In our country India where the cases of gender violence are on rise, out of which so many go unreported, self-defence for both men and women has become a basic requirement. It is a necessity for the women of our country because of the increasing number of heinous crimes like rape, molestation, kidnapping, murder, acid attacks, eve teasing, sex trafficking and so many other being committed on them. The crimes like child abuse and child trafficking are also a very serious issue for our country which expose both young boys and girls to a dangerous world. But because of these fears and crimes we cannot sit back at home and stop living our lives. It is the time when each one of us should know how to fight back for our safety. Self Defence training is the answer for this. But not everyone has an access to these classes, regardless of them being paid or free. I hereby request the HRD Ministry to make Self Defence a compulsory subject in school so that the young boys and girls, men and women of our country are competent enough to safeguard themselves. It can be started right from the First Standard till Eighth standard. For this the help of ex-service men and women from Military forces can be taken. There should be no fees for this training in both private and government schools so that the lower income strata can also benefit themselves from this. Even if a single member of family has this training he/she can pass it on to others as well. If our respected HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar understands the urgent need of this change in our school education system our country will feel safer when it steps out in this harsh world. It will be a big step towards a safer nation to live in.
Petition to Bhavish Aggarwal, Ankit Bhati
Ola: Commit to train 200 women in Mumbai to become cab drivers by Women’s Day, 2020
Ola: Commit to train 200 women in Mumbai to become cab drivers by Women’s Day, 2020 Every time that I have to book a cab and travel late at night, memories of the horrific rape of a young girl by the cab driver in Delhi flash before my eyes and the thought of ending up with the same fate as her sends shivers run down my spine. As a student who travels frequently, I wish I had an option of choosing a woman cab driver; I would have felt a lot more comfortable and safer, but the harsh reality is that there are hardly any commercial cab drivers who are women. I strongly feel that women drivers would make women passengers, like me, feel much safer. Training and hiring women as drivers will also benefit cab companies as this will boost their public image and profit as studies show that- women are less rash on the road, pay more heed to the traffic rules and that they are also less likely to drink and drive. Sign my petition asking Ola to commit to training and hiring 200 women in Mumbai as commercial cab drivers by Women’s Day,2020. #sheOla #OlaLeadTheTrend With Ola being the fastest growing new-age cab aggregators and with millions of dollars being pumped in by investors into Ola it is clearly the most capable company to get more women drivers on board and empower them financially. Of course, there have been many other initiatives such as She Cabs in Hyderabad, She Taxi in Kerala, Women Cabs in Bengaluru, Priyadarshini cabs and Viira Cabs in Mumbai, but these women-only cab companies find it a tough going due to lack of funding. Ola had proposed the idea of women-driven taxis across India after the horrific rape case in Delhi in December 2014. but today, even after nearly 4 years there is no significant visibility of women cab drivers in Ola. They did start Ola Pink in Bangalore but there is no such initiative in Mumbai which has gained any momentum. There are only 2 well-known stories of women drivers in Mumbai that Ola proudly owns, one of which is a cab driver and the other one being an autorickshaw driver, working for Ola. Therefore, Mumbai being one of the biggest users of Ola and Ola Share, Ola should commit to training 200 women to become commercial can drivers and provide them the necessary funds required to become a cab driver and work for Ola and hence turning the previously mentioned 2 stories to 200 stories of how Ola took the first step to help these women become independent cab drivers so that people across India acknowledge that driving skills are truly gender-agnostic. Please sign my petition and take the first step to make the dream of seeing more women become cab drivers, turn into a reality by asking Ola to commit to training and hiring 200 women in Mumbai as commercial cab drivers by Women’s Day,2020. #Turn2To200
Petition to Chief minister of meghalaya, Governor of Meghalaya, Chief Executive Member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Maneka Gandhi
Abandonment of Khasi Women's Lineage is an abandonment of basic human rights
Barely 150 years have passed since the suffragette movement and the world ever since has constantly been striving to bring forth equality at all levels into the lives of women everywhere. I, however, belong to one of the most uniquely progressive societies of the world where I carry forward the bloodline and lineage of my family in my community, a practice that goes back to the very origin of the Khasi society, hundreds years ago. My children will inherit my surname (family name/clan name) and not that of my husband. This is one of the core values of the matrilineal system of the Khasi society in Meghalaya, India. And I feel nothing but pride in being a Khasi woman, someone in whom the very idea of independence runs in her blood. A recent legislation passed by the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), however, has struck the very core of our society. The new sub-section in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second amendment) Bill, 2018 is as follows: "3(d) Any Khasi woman who marries a Non Khasi as well as her offspring(s) born out of such marriage(s) shall be deemed as Non Khasi who shall lose the Khasi status and all privileges and benefits as a member of the Khasi Tribe who cannot claim preferential privileges under any law" The main justification provided by members of the KHADC is to prevent the silent invasion of non-Khasi men who treat marriage to woman of the Khasi tribe as an easy way to misuse land rights of Khasi women and set up business in Meghalaya. They further explained that their stance is not against any Khasi woman marrying a non- Khasi man but to simply prevent non-Khasi men from misusing the identity of their Khasi wife to take advantage of the benefits that come with being the holder of a Scheduled Tribe Certificate. This new amendment will be applied retrospectively after receiving assent of the Governor of Meghalaya, something that the KHDAC believes will happen very soon. The bill outrightly discredits the values of our society by threatening the very identity of Khasi women, thereby leading to gross violation of human rights. Some of the apprehensions towards this bill are as follows: 1. Since no law can question a woman’s right to marry whoever she wants, however the ideas on which this bill is based (i.e., by discrediting women from being Khasi if they marry non Khasi men), very soon the entire Khasi community will become extinct; unless we too start practicing honour killings to prevent our women from marrying outside the community! 2. This conditions laid down in the bill regarding a woman’s choice of marriage renders her powerless in her own community. It is a serious threat to a woman’s right to voicing her opinion or choices apart from her decision-making powers as a member of a family as well as community. 3. The addition of this sub-section to the bill is a blow to the entire structure of Khasi social customs and culture that have been meticulously laid down by the Seng Khasi over the years (religious socio cultural organisation of the Khasis adhering to the tenets of matrilineality). Furthermore, it has always been a standard procedure of the KHADC to consult the Seng Khasi which they failed to do during this particular instance, since they knew that the Seng Khasi would not agree. 4. Additionally, this change in the bill is a gross violation of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution that guarantees the right to equality to every citizen of this country as well as Article 21 which states “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to a procedure established by law.” 5. According to a Supreme Court Judgement in the case of Rameshbhai Dabhai Naika vs State Of Gujarat & Ors on 18 January, 2012; it is clearly held that a marriage between a tribal woman and a forward caste man, the offspring will get tribal status if the child is brought up in the mother’s environment and will be entitled to reservation. Despite all these basic and logical setback of the amended bill, the members of KHADC strongly supports with a righteous believe that they are saving the entire community from being extinct and that they will make sure to get this bill passed as a Law which I believe will only dismantle the voice and rights of Khasi women in the future. As a Khasi woman, I humbly seek your support to influence the leaders in the state of Meghalaya to withhold the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (Second amendment) Bill, 2018 from being passed as a Law. An open letter to KHADC leaders on Khasi Lineage Bill 2018
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 Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah, President , HD Deve Gowda, MK Stalin, Sharad Pawar
Commit to 50% Women Candidates in 2019 General Elections
We have only 11% women in India’s Parliament and 9% on average in state Assemblies. But women make up nearly 50% of India’s population. So who is representing our rights? If at least half of India’s MPs and MLAs were women, there would be more emphasis on issues that directly affect women and, by extension, the rest of society. These would include issues like public toilets, women’s safety, law and order, the plight of women farmers, working women and childcare, safe and comfortable public transport, better quality schools and public hospitals and much more. Currently, parties give only about 10-11% election tickets to women while men get around 90%! Because of this, women can’t even contest. This is despite the fact that over 10 lakh women have won elections and governed at the Panchayat and Corporation level. This has to change. Sign my petition to get India’s top political parties to commit to ensuring 50% of the candidates running on their party tickets in the 2019 General Elections are women. With mostly male leaders, women hesitate to report their problems or their problems aren’t taken seriously enough. Thanks to this, issues relevant to 50% of the population are ignored. India needs more women leaders. India needs to give #PoliticalPowerToWomen. Leaders of all India’s political parties talk about women's empowerment. But all the talk is hollow unless there is women-led governance. In the 2014 general elections, only 8% of the total tickets distributed went to women candidates. In the 2018 state elections across MP, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram, less than 10% tickets went to women. Some argue that women have lower capacity than men to win elections. But 9 of the 12 women fielded by the BJP in 2017 won. That’s a 75% success rate. The success rate for male candidates, in fact, was around 50% in 2017. Others argue that women don’t want to contest elections. In 2014, 167 of 507 women who stood for elections contested as independents. Women clearly want to contest but are discriminated against when party tickets are distributed. Sign my petition and let’s make sure that women get an equal chance at being our elected representatives in the 2019 General Elections. Facebook: bit.ly/shakti-india Twitter: @politicalshakti #PoliticalPowerToWomen#SheVotes2019#WeWill#PoliticalWill
Petition to Dr. Naresh Trehan, Dr. Sabhyata Gupta
MEDANTA: Draft a Non-Judgmental Code of Conduct for Gynaecs by World Sexual Health Day
‘Are your parents aware that you are having sex with boys?’ ‘Do you intend to marry the man you have had sex with?’ ‘Does your husband know you are here?’ Why have you not got your husband? Are you involved with other men?’ .......and the list goes on and on for the unwanted, irrelevant and invasive questions that we are asked whenever we, as women, have tried to access sexual healthcare. 23 year old Khushboo has missed her period and is scared that she is pregnant. She is scared because she is unmarried. The thought of an unmarried woman being sexually active and accessing sexual healthcare is one of the biggest taboos our country is still struggling with. Access to healthcare, however, is guaranteed to us as a fundamental right by our Constitution. This is the third doctor Khushboo is visiting within a week with the same problem. She is struggling to find a solution for her medical problem. However, she is still as nervous and scared as she was on her first visit. The reason: she has already been insulted and frowned upon by the other two doctors she chose to consult. She was asked irrelevant questions and made to feel ashamed of her body, her ‘privileges’, her freedom to choose, and humiliated for the same. Time is running out and if she does not get the required medical healthcare this time, she will have no option but to approach a medically unqualified person or to consume the over the counter pills.In the midst of all this, Khushboo still doesn’t know for sure whether it is pregnancy that is delaying her periods or something else. This is the story of my friend Khushboo, and thousands of other women in the country like me and you, who are unable to access sexual healthcare for the fear of judgment. Every year, many women like me and you are denied access to basic sexual healthcare for the fear of judgment. In a country where sex is a taboo, even the so-called ‘empowered’, educated, privileged women like us are struggling to access healthcare pertaining to their sexual and reproductive right. The reason for that is simple – I know I will be subjected to harassment in the form of irrelevant and unwanted personal questions. Why? Because our culture does not acknowledge unmarried women to engage in sexual intercourse. The result: self diagnosis and medication, which is not only physically damaging to our health, but can also have a long-term mental implication, owing to intake of unregulated hormones in the form of over the counter pills. It is the need of the hour to encourage an atmosphere where we as women, especially unmarried women, can safely seek advice on matters of reproductive healthcare, without our marital status being the subject of discussion. In order to achieve this goal, it is imperative that urban, progressive hospital chains like Medanta Hospital take a stand. Medanta should draft and adopt a Non-Judgmental Code of Conduct to regulate the practice of gynaecologists empaneled with them. This will provide a safe environment to us women to access healthcare without any judgment. It should be made mandatory for all the gynaecologists at Medanta Hospitals across the country to comply with the said Non-Judgmental Code of Conduct. Furthermore, a complaint mechanism should be introduced for us as women to raise an objection in case access to health is denied/harassment is caused on prejudicial grounds. Sign this petition to urge Medanta to adopt a Non-Judgmental Code of Conduct for gynaecologists by World Sexual Health Day - 04 September 2019. #MyHealthMyRight
Petition to IIFA , Andre Timmins
IIFA - Make a Statement Against Bollywood’s Treatment of Women as Sex Objects
Afghan Jalebi. Bomb. Bandook. Zandu balm. Bottal. Kaddu. Halwa. These are the words that none of us use to refer to our women friends, co-workers, bosses, doctors, pilots, chartered accountants, mothers and sisters in our daily lives. Then why are we sitting silently and tolerating Bollywood's continued objectification of women? Objectification means treating a person like a thing, without regard to their dignity. Bollywood needs a reminder that we are #WomenNotObjects. That's why I have started this campaign. I'm asking IIFA (The International Indian Film Academy awards) to make a statement against the objectification of women at its 2019 award show. Sign my petition. I knew I had to do something when my 7-year old cousin belted out the song. "Hai tujh pe right mera, tu hai delight mera, tera rasta joh roku tokne ka nahi" (Which loosely translates as "I have every right on you. If I block your path, don't protest"). These lyrics go against the very idea of consent! The result is that men and boys are going around believing that it is fun and acceptable to stalk a woman and harass her, especially after she says no! And its not just the boys! These lyrics affect women and girls too. They teach them to be submissive and accept lewd comments, stalking and abuse as normal. I refuse to submit! As a woman living in the 21st century India, I am angry and fed up of entertainment being used as an excuse. In fact, Prasoon Joshi, the renowned lyricist who now heads the Central Board of Film Certification recently admitted "We have portrayed women as sex objects in movies, taking things so lightly. We have failed women as an industry" Its high time the film industry begins to fix the damage done. Sign my petition asking IIFA to make a statement against objectification of women at its 2019 award show. I've chosen to address my campaign to IIFA because of their impressive track record of honoring women centric movies. They also aimed to restore gender parity by naming the Best Actress Award as the finale act. This move by them will send a strong message out to the film industry and the millions watching. Respecting women can no longer be restricted to political slogans and bumper stickers on auto-rickshaws. Sign my petition! #WomenNotObjects #NoMoreGandiBaat Interesting articles: https://www.buzzfeed.com/sahilrizwan/trope-tripe?utm_term=.lnrYe6ZKJ4#.un5EvLl8KOhttps://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/bollywood-woman-problem-180325060304877.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/09/11/a-woman-interviewed-100-convicted-rapists-in-india-this-is-what-she-learned/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1ba41edfca44
Petition to Manish Dubey, Ashish Nair
ICICI Prudential: Create commercials to empower daughters
We need commercials to educate the society - the right way My parents provided me their best. They equally cared for my brother and I, treating us the same always. My parents went beyond their means - put their only house on mortgage. However it was not for my wedding, but for my higher education. I am now an independent working woman. In the initial year of my career, I bought insurance plans like pension plan, mediclaim to safeguard my future. But it had never occurred to me to buy any plan for my parents for their old age care. They are the ones who were behind of me to save and make financial plans, but they never asked anything for them. I am here, standing tall in life because of the sacrifices my parents made. I owe it them big time. If not everything atleast care during their old age, when they need me the most. Soon after my marriage, I had a shocking realisation - I was no longer my parents' daughter. My in-laws think, I should only focus on them and their well being. They have every right on me and my hard-earned money. Whenever I wanted to support my parents financially, it created havoc in my married life. To avoid this, I had to lie and cut my personal expenses to save money for my parents. But every time I gave some amount to my parents, I felt guilty and ashamed by doing it like I'm doing a crime. It was suffocating and frustrating. I understand that my spouse is raised in an orthodox and patriarchal surrounding. Although he loves me, he just doesn't know how to fight these regressive mindsets and take a stand for his wife. And I also understand that me being an ordinary individual, can't fight against a cultural issue that exists for centuries which don't allow married daughters to take care of their parents although the law of our country says so. But I can’t be silently suffering like this. While I was thinking what can I do in my small capacity to create an awareness on this issue, I bumped into the commercial by ICICI Prudential on "achche bande". I searched and watched all the commercials made by them. Most of commercials talk about responsibilities of parents towards their children. And mostly, dependency of women on their men. I want to say that we daughters have already traveled few extra miles with support of our parents. We are capable of taking care of our parents too. Wouldn't it be great if ICICI Prudential can promote this change - Daughters too can take care of their parents's financial needs? We need to change. Daughters have every right to take care of their parents as an adult, married or not. We are not 'paraya dhan'. We are equally responsible and capable to take care of our parents.