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Women's Rights

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Petition to To the El Salvador Legislature

Free Salvadoran woman Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, imprisoned for miscarriage

Amnesty International Group 11 in New York City calls for justice for Teodora del Carmen Vásquez. Teodora has spent the last ten years in jail after being accused of having had an abortion and ultimately being convicted of ‘aggravated homicide’. On Wed, Dec. 13, 2017 the same judges who sent her to prison will review her case and decide her fate. She could be released, but could also remain in prison to complete her sentence.  [UPDATE, 12/9/17: Prosecution requests 5 day delay in case of Salvadoran woman jailed after a miscarriage.] We are asking you to sign this petition, which will be used in a campaign urging El Salvador to free Teodora and to change its draconian abortion laws.  This campaign is fast garnering world-wide attention through I Am Listening internet radio and the Twitter #IAmListening hashtag. Please sign this petition by Tue, Dec 12, 2017. Background In 2007, 9-month pregnant Teodora suffered a stillbirth after the rapid onset of serious pain while she was at work. She called 911, but help did not turn up on time. Instead, several police officers arrived, handcuffed her and arrested her on suspicion of ‘aggravated homicide’ under El Salvador’s ban on abortions. She was presumed guilty of ‘abortion’ rather than the victim of pregnancy complications. Under Salvadoran law all citizens must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, Teodora’s trial was flawed and lacking in due process. Her sentence was based on inconclusive evidence and she faced discrimination of authorities. Being from a poor family, she could not afford an effective legal team to represent her. This is often the case for poor, rural women like Teodora who suffer pregnancy-related complications in El Salvador. They are immediately assumed guilty and sentenced to prison to up to 40 years—the maximum jail terms for this type of crime. Teodora is one of many women in El Salvador convicted of ‘aggravated homicide’ for simply miscarrying and losing their own pregnancies. To help these women it is urgent to overturn the total abortion ban in El Salvador that violates womens' and girls' rights to life, health, and freedom from discrimination and from torture and ill-treatment. International law requires that abortion be decriminalized in all circumstances and that women and girls are guaranteed access to safe and legal abortion both in law and in practice, at a minimum, in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to the life or the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman or girl, where there is severe and fatal impairment of the fetus, or where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. The total abortion ban also has devastating effects on the children and family of women jailed under this law, who are often unable to see their mothers or relatives for months because they don’t have updated identification papers or they live far from the prison and don’t have the money to pay for transportation and other costs related to the visit. Moreover, families are also placed in dire financial situations when they are compelled to provide for and look after the children of incarcerated women. Teodora has already spent almost ten years in jail. The coming review of her case is an opportunity to change the course of her life and correct the miscarriage of justice. Amnesty International has launched a Twitter campaign #IAmListening and AIUSA Group 11 has set up this online petition urging the El Salvadoran government to guarantee due process in Teodora’s judicial proceedings and ensure she receives the justice she was earlier denied in order for her to achieve her freedom.

AIUSA Group 11
53,907 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to USA Gymnastics, Procter & Gamble, United States Olympic Committee, AT&T, Under Armour, The Hershey Company, NBC

Change USA Gymnastics Leadership in Wake of Sex Abuse Scandal

Please sign our petition to protect children from sexual abuse. In March of 2017 we appeared on CBS 60 Minutes and told the nation our very personal stories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted upon us by USA Gymnastics and their former National Team Doctor Larry Nassar. Since then more than 140 girls and women have come forward to report alleged incidents of sexual abuse that are strikingly similar to ours. The current leadership of USA Gymnastics failed in its responsibility to protect child athletes from sexual predators and failed to alert authorities to reports of sexual abuse as required by law. Olympic level gymnastics has become a big business funded by some of America’s largest corporations and overseen by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Change is being made in the leadership in major companies when sex abuse survivors step forward and say, “#Metoo,” but this hasn’t happened yet in USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics Chairman Paul Parilla, Vice Chairman Jay Binder and Treasurer Bitsy Kelley have focused their attention on money and medals while USA Gymnastics is attempting to cover up the largest child sex abuse scandal in the history of sports. They must be replaced by people who will put the health and safety of athletes first. Please sign this petition now. Demand a leadership change at USA Gymnastics. Jamie Dantzscher - 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Artistic Gymnastic Jessica Howard - 3 Time National Champion, Rhythmic Gymnastics Jeanette Antolin - Former USA National Team Member, Artistic Gymnastics This petition will be delivered to: United States Olympic Committee USA Gymnastics Procter & Gamble AT&T Under Armour Hershey’s NBC Sports United Airlines

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi
19,795 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Yoweri Museveni Kaguta

Urge Ugandan President Museveni to pass the acid attack bill now.

After having lived for seven years with an abusive husband, I decided it was time to leave. I didn’t think I would survive another year if I stayed, so in 2011, I walked out the door and broke the crippling silence and isolation the abuse had made me feel. I felt empowered and free and finally looked forward to my future. But because I left my marriage, my husband considered me “disobedient” and, therefore, worthy of punishment. One day, he called me to pick up my children at his house and suddenly acid was thrown at my face and body. The next thing I knew, my face felt as if it were on fire. My skin was  literally melting away. He thought he would break my spirit, but he only made me stronger. Since my attack, I have been fighting to put an end to this horrific practice in my country of Uganda, and I need your help to do it. Please support our petition by asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law. That is my story, but there are many more, each one as harrowing as the last. Acid violence occurs around the globe and isn’t specific to race or religion. My country, Uganda, has some of the highest rates of acid violence. In fact, since 1985, there have been nearly 400 reported cases of acid attacks here, and in just one hospital alone, they have reported 8 attacks and two deaths this year.  And those are just the ones that were reported. The real statistics are likely much higher. My name is Hanifa Nakiryowa, I founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). I founded CERESAV because of my personal experiences, and because of the stories I was told by fellow victims. CERESAV’s ultimate goal is to address the issue of acid attacks and gender violence on a global level, but today we have a chance to make a difference in Uganda by helping to pass legislation that would classify products like acid as controlled substances. Cutting off easy access to acid has proven to  drastically reduce the rate of attacks in other countries.   Research indicates that the most effective ways to reduce acid violence are through regulation of the sale of acid, tougher jail sentences for perpetrators, and raising awareness of the devastating impact that acid attacks have on individuals and their families. Step by step, CERESAV hopes to make all of these things a reality, but we can’t do it alone.   With collective efforts, we can end this devastating act and save the next potential victim. I know we can make a difference. When strong women and fellow victims of female-directed violence, like Jaha who fought to end female genital mutilation, or Malala who is a champion for girls’ education started Change.org petitions, great things happened. Please join me by supporting this campaign. Every single contributions goes a long way in transforming many lives and increasing the awareness of the problem. Please join me in asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law.

Hanifa Nakiryowa
282,344 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to J. Craig Gordon, Nan Orrock, John Lewis

Eliminate Sales Tax for Feminine Hygiene Products in Georgia

Every woman knows the struggle of being forced to spend her hard earned money on feminine hygiene products, but we must do so because staying locked away to bleed for the duration of our periods is not an option (much like being born female).   Although there is not a specific tax solely for feminine hygiene products, the sales tax that exists on them classifies these products as non-essential items. Yeah, totally don't even need the things, I'll just bleed on all over my house, your house, the office, the grocery store...you get the picture. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals states that a female will menstruate 450 times throughout her lifetime, yet these are still non-essential items. Georgia even considers candy a grocery item that is exempt from sales tax. I love candy as much as the next person, but I need tampons. More importantly, these taxes only make these essential items less affordable for girls and women of low income. Even worse, feminine hygiene products (or any hygiene product) cannot be purchased with food stamps. These barriers only contribute to the endless cycle of young girls and women being held back by their periods.  According to BBC, "Minnesota, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania do not tax sanitary products." NPR adds that the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that feminine hygiene products met the state's definition of "medical appliances" and were exempt from the tax. A review of the case can be found here. In order to remove the stigma against menstruation and the inaccessibility of feminine hygiene products for many females, I am asking you all to help bring this issue to the attention of our government. This may seem like a small and meaningless battle to some, but for many women struggling to make ends meet, the cost of these necessary items is a huge burden and every cent saved on these products matters. This is one way our government can show they are committed to making changes that support gender equality and reproductive health. Let's bring this to the attention of Georgia lawmakers and ask them to reconsider the taxes placed on these very essential items. If you are tired of spending more money than necessary on your period or are an ally supporting our fight, please sign and share this petition to show your support! Thank you!

Reiny E.
524 supporters