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, Research Article by Sujata Dalvi,

Sudhir P
734 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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.

Aditi Sharma
50,610 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Prakash Javdekar

Make Menstrual Hygiene Education Compulsory in Schools

Ruby* was told she couldn’t play her favourite sport. Why? Because she was impure. The stigma and ignorance about girls and their bodies had destroyed her dreams. Ruby had been tirelessly practicing Kabaddi. She woke up before dawn to practice before school. She stayed back late to improve her game. Her efforts were paying off. She was selected to her school’s Sub-Junior Kabaddi team.  But two days before her first big tournament she got her period. For the first time. But instead of supporting her, Ruby’s parents barred her from leaving the house for five days. Her teachers told her she was too impure to step foot on the Kabaddi mat. Not one adult supported Ruby. Instead they shamed her, made her feel “impure”, and destroyed her hopes and dreams. Like Ruby, I meet many young girls from different parts of India while working on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). The questions they ask me are so basic - they’re all scared about what’s happening to them.  “Where is the blood coming from?” “Does it make me impure?” “Do I have blood cancer?” “Do other girls go through what I do?” “Is it ok to use the same sanitary pad for 24 hours?” It breaks my heart to see how alone they are through this process, without a single adult to tell them the simple facts. These brave girls, like Ruby, deserve better. That is why I have started this petition asking the Ministry of Human Resource Development to make education on menstrual hygiene compulsory in all schools. Everything starts with education. Education will help girls like Ruby manage their periods. Education will help them to continue attending school instead of dropping out. And education will let them dream their own futures, whether it’s a doctor, engineer, economist or future Kabaddi champion. I am very lucky to come from a privileged background. When I got my period, I was aware of what was happening to me. My parents explained the process of menstruation without shaming me or making me feel awkward. They never stopped me from going out, going to school or from doing my favourite activities. Doesn’t every girl deserve a life like this? Unfortunately, most girls in India face the opposite. Almost half have no knowledge about menstruation or what to do when they get their first period. Almost 23% even drop out of school when reaching puberty. And those who remain miss up to 5 days of school per month due to a lack of education, limited access to menstrual products and facilities and stigma. In fact, when I was away from home, people told me to keep quiet when I spoke about my period. They would stare, like I had confessed to a shameful crime. We need to change this attitude. And with your help, we can take the first step by replacing the stigma and silence around menstruation with conversation and confidence. We can build an India where every woman and girl is empowered to manage her menstruation safely, hygienically, with confidence and without stigma. We can ensure that no girl is limited by something as natural and normal as her period. We can build a world where they have #NoMoreLimits Yes, this is an uphill battle which will require a big collective effort. But together, I know we can do it. Let’s start with education. Thanks for your support. *Name changed for privacy

Nirmala Nair
22,658 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Maneka Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi, 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.

Pranaadhika Sinha Devburman
119,595 supporters