Petition to Devendra Fadnavis, Devendra Fadnavis
Direct State Police to Arrest Men Who Sexually Exploit Children #AntiChildPredatorSquad
Children are being preyed upon by men who sometimes pay as little as Rs.100 to have sex with a minor. Rati (name changed), was only 14-years-old when she was given hormone injections so that she looks older. She was sometimes forced to have sex with 30 men in a day. These men came from different walks of life, from rickshaw pullers to office managers. When the police raided the brothels, they arrested her and the brothel managers. But these horrible men, the customers, were left off with just a warning. Next day they were back in the brothels seeking young girls again. The Maharashtra government has made Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) which are proactively looking at rescue and rehabilitation of girls like Rati. But hardly any men who are paying for sex with children have been arrested. In some cases, they are even made witnesses against the brothel owners. These men are happily living their lives without any fear of prosecution and they continue to exploit children as young as 10-years-old. That’s why I have started this petition asking the Maharashtra CM to direct the state police, specially the AHTUs to make it their mandate to arrest these child predators. Most of these men are living in residential colonies, amongst us, with their families and go completely unnoticed. And these are the men, the customers, who sustain the organised crime of pushing children into prostitution. From red light areas to online portals and even private guest houses and apartments, the places where this exploitation takes place keep changing but what has remains constant is the demand. As long as there is demands from the customers, this horrific illegal trade will continue. I want these men to be arrested so that the society knows their true face and we can safeguard our children against these predators. My state Maharashtra has been leading the efforts against Human Trafficking and I want to applaud all the good work done by our government. The Maharashtra Anti Human Trafficking Unit police shut 78 brothels in 2011 where children were forced into the flesh trade. That number gives an idea about how big this problem is. But just arresting the brothel owners and traffickers is not going to solve this problem. This is an organised crime. We have to curb the demand by arresting these customers under the strictest of laws, like MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) so that they can’t get bail and it acts as a deterrent for child predators. Join me in this fight and let’s go after these child sex offenders in full force.
Petition to State Duma of Russian Federation
State Duma, adopt the domestic violence law in Russia
По-русски In the Russian Federation 40% of all grave violent crimes are committed in a family. Most commonly weak and unprotected family members – women, children, disabled and seniors suffer from domestic violence. Only for 2013 9100 women died from criminal offences, 11300 received grievous bodily harm. Based on the official statistics in 2013 46 thou. of under ages became victims of violent offences. Around 2 thou. died, 3.6 thou. sustained bodily injuries. Half of these crimes were committed at home. According to the official data of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RF as of December, 2008 212.7 thou. of family troublemakers are registered in police. Number of the registered crimes committed in family has been growing: only for 2002-2006 total number of “family” crimes increased by half. However, one should note that Russia doesn’t have single data collection system for family violence cases; there is no official statistics. Besides, this problem is of latent character. The world practice in the sphere of fighting family violence proved that special law on domestic violence prevention is more effective that separate articles of criminal, civil and administrative legislation. Similar laws already for several years have been effective in the territory of many countries of the Western and Eastern Europe, as well as CIS. Experience of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and also other countries showed that cases of domestic violence reduce from 20 to 40% after adoption of similar laws. The existing administrative, criminal and criminal procedural legislation is inefficient. Such cases are initiated only on the basis of statement of the injured party to court submitted in the prescribed form according to the procedure of private prosecution. Herewith, neither police, nor prosecutor’s office participates in such cases. The injured party shall investigate this case itself, collect evidence itself and present it to the court, that is almost impossible for victim in the cases of domestic violence. In most cases family violence happens “behind closed doors” and without third person parties. Commonly victim and abuser live together and submission of a statement on violence case and moreover evidence collection is dangerous for the victim. Besides, evidence collection for the injured person is connected with serious procedural difficulties as all evidence shall be received in accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code of the RF; that is difficult enough for a person without legal education. Compared to the accused person, attorney for the defence is not provided for free of charge for private prosecutor and not everyone is able to pay for attorney’s assistance. Besides, private prosecution proceedings are closed due to reconciliation of the parties and there is a threat of pressure to the victim from the abuser’s part. Due to this many injured prefer either not to apply to court at all or after applying they refuse from further fight in connection with long-term case consideration and necessity of continuous participation in it, or in connection with received threats and persecutions from the offenders’ part, or in connection with change of conditions (reconciled, fear of father’s conviction to influence further child’s career etc.). Thus, high latency (concealment) of this kind of crime is observed, when the offender manages to avoid punishment several times. Actually crimes in the family sphere are legalized now. In the meantime, cases of public prosecution are deprived of such defects, as authorized bodies conduct investigation and accusation in the court is supported by a prosecutor. At the same time in the case of family violence, even if criminal case of public prosecution is initiated, the law doesn’t stipulate any remedy for person affected by offender for the period of preliminary inquiry and court hearing. It also seems certain that beatings or bodily injury committed by family member or relative are of more danger to public than the same crimes committed by a stranger. As it has been mentioned, the most frequently, the abuser and the person affected live in the same dwelling house, in connection herewith the injured has to be constantly afraid for his/her safety. Besides, crimes committed towards family members endeavor, including, also family relations and lead to more serious consequences (divorce, disputes regarding children, and in tragic cases – orphancy), then the same crimes committed by strangers. Besides, in order to solve this problem of family violence it is not enough only to change criminal legislation. The existing rules don’t cover suppression, prevention and work with potential offenders and may be applied already after offence or crime commitment. There are no remedies for injured people (protective inscriptions, psychological and legal aid, network of protective shelters, rehabilitation centers etc.). There are no rehabilitation programmes for both victims and criminals. In the meantime, exactly these measures are the most effective to overcome this situation as they are aimed at family violence prophylaxis and prevention. Hereby we demand: - From the Government of the RF - to introduce a draft law on domestic violence; - From the State Duma - to introduce the law for reading and adopt; - From the Ministry of Internal Affairs - to create a special domestic violence subdivision, to implement mechanism of protective inscription. This petition will be delivered to: • The Government of the Russian Federation• The State Duma of the RF• The Main Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RF
Petition to European Parliament, UK Parliament
AN OPEN LETTER ON THE DANGERS OF NORMALISING
SEX DOLLS & SEX ROBOTS
We are a coalition of humanists, parents, women’s groups, survivors, academics, men's organisations and activists campaigning against commercial objectification of human beings who are concerned with the normalisation of “sex robots”. These technologies are developed and backed by academic and business robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) communities who have to date, the loudest voices shaping the policy direction about the benefits of sex robots while largely ignoring the potentially dangerous effects on women, men, and children. The Campaign Against Sex Robots (CASR) was launched in 2015 to draw attention to the new ways in which the idea of forming ‘relationships’ with machines is becoming increasingly normalised in today’s culture. Sex robots are animatronic humanoid dolls with penetrable orifices where consumers are encouraged to look upon these dolls as substitutes for women (predominantly), and they are marketed as ‘companions’, ‘girlfriends’ or ‘wives’. At a time when pornography, prostitution and child exploitation is facilitated and proliferated by digital technology turning it into a global profitable industry; these products further promote the objectification of the female body and as such constitute a further assault on human intimacy. We are also concerned that childlike dolls and robots are being promoted as ‘therapeutic’ for ‘non-offending paedophiles’ and paedophiles. We reject the naturalisation of paedophilia as a ‘sexual preference’ and reject terms such as ‘pedosexual’ or ‘minor attracted person’ that serve to legitimise adult sexual violence against children. In 2017-2018, CASR supported a move to ban electronic and artificial representations of children for adult predators in the form of the CREEPER ACT that was successfully passed in the House of Representatives reading in the United States. We also believe that sex dolls and sex robots in the female form add to the pervasive culture where sexual violence against women and girls is reiterated in new ways. Despite female political equality, women and girls still face serious threats of sexual violence from domestic abuse and rape to up-skirting and revenge porn. Two women are murdered each week at the hands of former or existing male partners, and mass grooming gangs have targeted vulnerable young girls for decades. Studies show that strong ties and relationships are good for people and society and that the weakening of our social ties is a major contributory factor in mental health distress, economic insecurity and human isolation for women, men and children. It is therefore in the best interests of society to cultivate a culture of mutual support and interdependence and put breaks on those social practices that reinforce a culture of isolation. We believe robots and AI should be used for the good of humanity and should not be funded or produced in forms that increase human social problems. Government ministers lag behind technological developments and often respond with constructive policies when it is too late and the damage to human society has been done. We urge the European Union and the UK Parliament to conduct public consultations ahead of developing legislation in line with European and UK sex discrimination laws and the European Union’s commitment to the UN Rights of the Child. Signed Organisations Campaign Against Sex Robots Women Against Sexbots Nordic Model Now! FiLiA nia Critical Sisters Object! Not Buying It! Collective Shout Resist Porn Culture Prostitution Research & Education Ressources Prostitution Victim Focus CARE Culture Reframed Untameable Shrews Standing Together Against Domestic Violence Build a Girl Project Centre for Women’s Justice The World Youth Alliance Zero Option for Sheffield Freedom Programme L'Agenda delle Donne Radfem Italia London Abused Women's Centre (Ontario) The National Centre on Sexual Exploitation LM Feminists and Allies Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle: La CLES White Ribbon Ireland Men's Development Network Please email me at email@example.com if you would like to add your organisation to our petition Personal Names Professor Kathleen Richardson Nika Mahnič Kate Davis Anna Fisher Professor Katina Michael Rachel Bell Lisa-Marie Taylor Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans Caitlin Roper Melinda Tankard Reist Mie Oehlenschläger Professor Kathleen Stock Meghan Murphy Dr Safia Barikzai Sally Jackson Jessica Eaton Kate Hillman Lise Bouvet Enrique Benítez Dr Gabriela Gallegos Garrido Fiona Broadfoot Suzzan Blac Erin Mansell Alabama Whitman Megan Walker Shannon Dennehy Martin Dufresne Raquel María Rosario Sánchez Alan O'Neill
Petition to Netflix
CANCEL Netflix's Body-Shaming Series 'Insatiable'
English Deutsch For so long, the narrative has told women and young impressionable girls that in order to be popular, have friends, to be desirable for the male gaze, and to some extent be a worthy human...that we must be thin. The toxicity of this series, is bigger than just this one particular series. This is not an isolated case, but part of a much larger problem that I can promise you every single woman has faced in her life, sitting somewhere on the scale of valuing their worth on their bodies, to be desirable objects for the male gaze. That is exactly what this series does. It perpetuates not only the toxicity of diet culture, but the objectification of women's bodies. This series needs to be cancelled. The damage control of releasing this series will be far worse, insidious and sinister for teenage girls, than it will be damaging for Netflix in their loss of profit. The release is set to be the 10th of August, we still have time to stop this series from being released, and causing a devastation of self-doubt in the minds of young girls who will think that to be happy and be worthy, they need to lose weight. This series will cause eating disorders, and perpetuate the further objectification of women's bodies. The trailer has already triggered people with eating disorders. Let's stop this, and protect further damage.
Petition to Urban Outfitters
Plus Size is Growing. Urban Outfitters, you will be left behind.
UK average clothing size? 16. Urban Outfitters largest stock size? UK 12. Should I need to say more? Possibly not, I will anyway, so please bear with me. ModCloth, online retailer, surveyed 1,500 women aged 18-35 who wear 16 plus sizes, the results of which highlight what an important campaign this is. 60% of participants felt 'embarrassed by shopping for clothing in a separate store or in a separate department', 79% of these women believe that 'the fashion industry ignores the needs of plus-size women' so why are we allowing this to happen? Could there be a lack of interest in fashion from such women? NO! The same survey determined that 84% of participants would 'buy more clothing if more trendy options were available in their size''. If these women were provided the option to shop at Urban Outfitters, granted not a shop to everyone's style yet a considerably 'trendy' UK shop then this would evoke an extra 1,260 customers alone. No questions asked. If you would prefer not to discuss such matters in statistics then let's talk about money. PWC's 'UK Plus Size clothing market review', November 2017, highlighted that this 'specialist' market was estimated at £6.6bn, reflecting £4.7bn for Women and £1.9bn for Men, respectively. Shockingly, these figures outperform the overall women's and men's clothing market in the UK for 2017. Finally, why is the issue important to me personally? Well, I'm sick and tired of wandering aimlessly around shops only to discover their 3 level stores don't stock anything remotely my size? I'm fed up of leaving changing rooms with tears in my eyes, simply because I'd fallen in love with an item of clothing that was never to be mine. I don't want to change who I am, I don't want to feel like being part of the Growing (pun possibly intended) Majority is something to be ashamed of. Henceforth, join me in tackling Urban Outfitters, so we can make a move in this revolutionary world together and fight openly for more active inclusion one shop at a time! ~Thank you. Sources for information or further reading:https://www.marketwatch.com/story/modcloth-says-60-of-plus-size-women-are-embarrassed-to-shop-separately-2015-10-08https://www.pwc.co.uk/transaction-services/assets/pdf/pwc-plus-size-market-review.pdf
Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament
50:50 Parliament want women to have equal seats and equal say. Show you agree, SIGN NOW!
In Parliament men outnumber women by more than 2:1, there are 209 women MPs and 441 men. Only 12 extra women were elected to Westminster after the 2017 general election, at this rate it will take 50 years to get a truly equal and representative Parliament. 50:50 aspire to a modern Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women. Our target is clear because what gets measured gets managed. This is a majority issue, women are the majority in life but the minority in Parliament. If Parliament is inaccessible to women many others must and do face hurdles too. One way or another this needs sorting. If you agree then say so and SIGN. Let's build a better and more representative democracy together! This is what our petition letter to the party leaders says: "Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament, We need a more gender balanced House of Commons, around 50:50 men and women. Please collaborate and do something: debate and take action to make Parliament more gender balanced, like life." Our petition is not prescribing the solutions but asking those with the power to take action. This is a historic democratic deficit and institutional imbalance that needs to be addressed. An inclusive, gender balanced Parliament would lead to more responsive and informed decision making, everyone would benefit. 50:50 Parliament also aim to inspire, support and encourage political participation with our #AskHerToStand & #SignUpToStand campaigns. Let's get 116 more women to Westminster at the next election. If you know a woman who would make a good MP then ask her to stand, 50:50 is here to help, see http://www.5050parliament.co.uk/askhertostand/. All political parties agree that a gender balanced Parliament would be better, see this video clip here, so SIGN to ask for action. For more information and to JOIN 50:50 go to www.5050Parliament.co.uk. 50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign, it costs nothing to join up and be part of 50:50 Parliament. This historic movement for women to have political equality is free for all. By joining you show support, help raise awareness and be part of the campaign! To read more about why this matters and the many solutions see the 50:50 Parliament submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry here. Only 325 women MPs are needed for a 50:50 Parliament which amounts to 1 in every 100,000 women which is great, because clearly politics might not appeal to everyone, but it might suit 1 in 100,000 women and our country needs them. Two comments on the petition say it all: Helen "Apart from the obvious injustice we are in no position to under-utilise so much talent”- Helen, “If the institution of Parliament discourages women to participate, it is the institution that needs to change.” – Malcolm. Add your voice and make a comment on the 50:50 petition. Join us in asking for action concerning this pressing democratic deficit. Thank you. Frances, Sadaf, Brian, Tina, Charlie and Nathalie #5050Parliament Team 50:50 Key Links: For more information see www.5050Parliament.co.uk 50:50 submission to Women & Equalities Select Committee Become a 50:50 Ambassador - fill in the form online Stand to become an MP! 50:50 want to support you see #AskHerToStand Like - facebook.com/5050Parliament Follow on Twitter - @5050Parliament See 50:50 Films - 50:50 Parliament on YouTube Buy campaign merch at - 50:50 Parliament Shop 50:50 in the News: Parliament agrees there is a "serious democratic deficit" and #5050Parliament says "There are some great women out there, so let’s start asking them to stand" The Guardian The Guardian reports on launch of #5050Parliament #AskHerToStand campaign "Gender parity among MPs at risk of stalling, say women's groups" Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News supports #5050Parliament in The Telegraph 50:50 Parliament in Marie Claire #IWD2016 50:50 Parliament profiled in The Telegraph, 50:50 Parliament - Huffington Post, Evening Standard The Guardian 50:50 Parliament - Star on Parliamentary TV at Women & Equalities Committee Oral Evidence Session #StripTees 50:50 Key Blogs: Women our Parliament Still Needs You Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament! Family Friendly Parliament Tax on Tampons Is the Tip of the Iceberg Obama says Tampon Tax Is Because ‘Men Were Making the Laws’ Carey Mulligan Demonstrates Support for 50:50Parliament at the Premier of 'Suffragette' 50:50 Films: 50:50 Ambassadors Campaign Video Carey Mulligan supporting 50:50 Parliament at Suffragette Premier & Sisters Uncut Demo Paloma Faith Supporting 50:50 Parliament Gemma Arterton Supporting 50:50 Parliament MPs Supporting #5050Parliament Campaign #5050Parliament at Feminism in London 2015 #5050Parliament at WOW Festival 2015
Petition to Vytenis Andriukaitis, Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, The World Health Organisation, Teresa May, Vytenis Andriukaitis
Toxic PIP Implants: World Health Crisis
"It’s not a debate about cosmetic surgery ... It's a serious health problem" The toxic chemicals in the fraudulent shells and fillers of PIP breast Implants seep out into surrounding body tissue, migrate into body organs, can cross the placenta and can be found in breast milk. These toxic chemicals make women very sick and many report debilitating symptoms directly linked to silicone toxicity.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Amnesty International Australia, United Nations, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), US State Department, United Nations Security Council, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Theresa May MP, Donald Trump, BBC, Council of the European Union, The British Council
A CALL FOR JUSTICE TO SAUDI ARABIAN WOMEN!
IMPORTANT! A 25 year old Saudi Arabian woman in Riyadh is trapped in a household which promotes a rape culture and abuse through various beatings, threats, violence, as well as depriving her from basic needs such as food, water and medical care. I write this on behalf of her as this is a serious matter that needs immediate attention. I and many private individuals have contacted organisations such as UN women, Amnesty international, Human Rights Watch, Un Refugee etc only for them to ignore our cry for help or they would tell us that they do not deal with "individual cases". The young lady contacted local authorities and shelters for help but they would blame her instead for the abuse or they would turn a blind eye towards her case. This was proven from a variety of emails and proofs of which she provided us with in the hopes that it will spark attention. We call upon each and every individual to be a voice, in order for her to be placed in a safe environment after her endured trauma! She is also willing to testify on behalf of many other women who are trapped in her predicament in the hopes that Officials need to start taking lives seriously! I am desperate for this petition to reach as many people as possible because the young lady is looking through other means such as suicide. Who can blame her? It is obvious that she is mentally incapable and hence I redeem this matter as being serious. I have not provided her full name so that I can protect her identity from any further dangers especially from governmental entities and/or her oppressors. It is seen as a "shame" for a victim of the Saudi state to seek international help from outside their borders. That to me is absurd considering the fact that the victim and those who are oppressed wouldnt need to seek international help in the first place if their OWN state authorities and organisations didnt turn them away! To the humanitarian organisational entities, we call upon you to act according to the promises that you preach on a daily basis! We cannot as a society allow you to weaken the voices of the vulnerable when they CALL OUT FOR YOU! Furthermore, the whole purpose as to why your entites exist in the first place is to deal with violations that are a threat to human life! If you, yourselves do not follow your own mission and vision statements that you are willingly proud to boast about in public view, you are as bad as the individuals who find the need to cause unrest in society! The abuse of Saudi Arabian Women has been an ongoing issue that never ends. It is an atrocity that shouldn't even be considered a norm. Convenants and policies do nothing for these women as they are still being abused and mistreated in the most horrendous ways. A Saudi Arabian woman must not be killed or placed in a dention centre just because she knows her worth! The Saudi Arabian state must be held accountable for upholding a culture of abuse in its society! Death should not be, by any means a way of escape for a woman who is oppressed! Stop turning a blind eye to a human rights violation that is killing many. One Womans death equates to a fallen generation! Women are more than their beauty and their strength, They hold the world in the palm of their hands, therefore we need to rise to the occassion. Saudi Arabian women deserve their freedom. We talk about their freedom, we fantasize about it, we write articles about it and we even create mediocre policies for it but we never ACT on the freedom we so actively preach about it! ACT! ACT! ACT! GOALS 1. The Saudi Arabian Victim must be set free without any arrests. Furthermore, her oppressors must be dealt with legally for the crimes committed. She must be given the necessary treatment for the trauma and she must be able to have a say when it comes to her personal concerns. 2. Provide Saudi Arabian women of ALL ages places of safety ENSURING that they will not get turned back by organisational entities, ensuring that medical provisions are being made, ensuring that their perpetrators deal with the law immediately and effectively and ensuring that places of safety are checked on a constant bases for safety precautions. Any organisation that fails to account for the above, must face legal precautions. 3. Police Enforcement must be held accountable for not taking matters of abused women seriously. Women must NOT be forced back to their oppressors neither should they be arrested for reporting a crime that is considered urgent and pertaining a crisis that has the potential cause death. We ask that the Police enforcement must be held accountable for their actions if found to do so and this can only be achieved if investigations are conducted by the state and international organisations who have ties with such entities. #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen For more info please contact me on the following: Email: Ask for it. Social Media: Instagram and Skype. (Email me for such details)