Women's Rights

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Petition to Let's Play Sports

Change Policy to Allow Pregnant Women to Play Soccer

A woman in her first trimester was in the middle of a soccer game, when the manager pulled her from her game and told her that she could not play anymore.  He pulled out their outdated Rulebook and showed that anyone deemed “high-risk” are ineligible to play. This includes pregnancy and heart conditions. This woman has been playing soccer three to four days a week before she became pregnant and continued playing, with doctor approval, this often until this incident. Nothing about that is high-risk.  Pregnant women have been playing at this facility for as long as I have known.  Why should it be up to a business to make this decision on behalf of women?  The pelvic bones protect a pregnancy up until a certain amount of time.  If the woman's physician has cleared her to play soccer and she is aware of all risks, she should be allowed to play.  All soccer players at this indoor facility sign liability waivers.   There is liability in any sport, but many women playing at much higher levels have been allowed to continue playing, because they know their body and it’s their choice. Anything could happen in this game and it’s the player that assumes the risk. Just simply kicking the ball could inflict damage on those it hits causing injuries or death (Bruno Boban) or running into another player can also result in death or injury (Choirul Huda).  The other condition they list as “high risk”, a heart condition, would be invisible to any bystander. If anything were to happen, the liability waiver signed is what protects Let’s Play from any legal action. Let's Play in Colorado Springs has allowed pregnant women to play until Tuesday, January 28, 2020, so why start enforcing this arbitrary rule now?  Amend Let's Play's Rulebook to prevent discrimination.   

Liz Rhee
36 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to University of Denver

We Can DU Better

We are the creators of @wecandubetter at the University of Denver and we want to bring attention to the pervasive problem of gender violence on our campus. In two weeks, our page has received over 90 stories and just under 2000 followers on a campus of 5000 undergraduate students. Many stories include examples of the shortcomings of administration and mechanisms in place which are supposed to support survivors and deter perpetrators. The administration's response mentioned resources available to survivors, but this is not enough; the systems in place are obviously not doing enough to prevent gender violence and support survivors. We can DU better. You can find their response here. We have outlined a list of specific requests of the administration on our Instagram page and have also included those requests below. We would like to ask for your help in drawing attention to this vital conversation so that the administration will be willing to enact changes. We hope to present this petition, as well the solidarity @wecandubetter has created to the administration to fulfill some of our asks. Thank you for your help!   Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other community members are welcome to sign this petition.   Requests: We request an official statement from Chancellor Haefner and the administration acknowledging the brave survivors who have come forward with their stories. Creating a new Instagram account to leave a carefully worded comment providing resources we have already shared widely is not enough. We expect the administration to validate the experiences of these survivors and commit to making the following meaningful changes, a list compiled based on community input: We request that Campus Safety be more representative of the community it serves. We request they hire more officers of color, more female officers, and more officers with experience working with survivors of trauma. We request more lights on campus and for blue light phones to be fixed. This is an issue that the DU community has repeatedly asked to address. We understand smart-phones are becoming the norm, but if someone’s phone has died they should still be able to call for help. We request DU to invest in trauma-informed training for Campus Safety, faculty, staff, and students. Empathy building exercises and other trauma-informed training should be used in addition to bystander intervention training.  We request Campus safety, following their new training and reforms stated above, should have a greater presence on campus to deter perpetrators from targeting people walking alone.  We request that Campus Safety be integrated into an existing department at DU, such as Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, so that they are overseen by and accountable to this department.  We request student leaders of both organizations and Greek Life should communicate allegations of misconduct to the administration. If a perpetrator is known to student leaders, they should also be known to Title IX.  We request that when a survivor shares their story, validation be the first response. The DU administration and Campus Safety have both been alleged to have used victim-blaming language when talking to survivors and all students on campus. While self-defense classes, “walking in the light,” and other mitigating strategies can be discussed, they should not be the only option offered to students seeking to help keep each other safe. The burden of safety should not be placed solely on survivors; prevention efforts and punishing perpetrators should be the focus. We request that DU  invest larger amounts into Gender Violence Prevention and Education.  We are aware that DU has plans to decrease resources allocated to Prevention and Education efforts next year. Instead, DU needs to invest larger amounts in this program in order to provide more than simply Intervene training. These funds can be used to facilitate training with faculty, staff, and students on everything from sexual education to trauma-informed empathy-building exercises. We request more engagement from Greek Life surrounding gender violence.  Many students have raised concerns about the amount of gender violence happening within Greek Life organizations. We do not wish to demonize these organizations, but to provide them with training and support to tackle these issues. These organizations have many survivors who are members and would benefit from creating task forces that work to tackle gender violence and from partnering with survivor-based organizations on campus such as CAPE, HCC, and CCGVT.  We request a conversation on power, privilege, and oppression facilitated by an expert familiar with navigating tough questions on these topics. Several people in the community have described freshman orientation as problematic, and that must be addressed. We also ask for a greater conversation to take place surrounding consent and gender violence in smaller groups during orientation, rather than just one large community presentation. We request DU provide greater academic support for survivors. Too many stories shared have included survivors who do not feel academically supported, even when they report to Title IX.We request a zero-tolerance policy for perpetrators found responsible for gender violence offenses. Perpetrators do not belong on our campus.  We request that more funding and resources be devoted to red-zone awareness programming at the beginning of each academic year. So many of these stories occurred during a student’s first quarter or first year at DU.  We request that these changes be made in consultation with experts in trauma-informed care and prevention and education on our campus.  

wecan DUbetter
233 supporters