Women's Rights

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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Kirsten Gillibrand, MaryEllen Elia, New York State Department Of Education, Board of Regents, New York State House, Liz Krueger, Brian Benjamin

Encourage K-12 schools in New York State and beyond to #teachaboutwomen and gender

Petition New York State to set an example and teach about women in high school! #teachaboutwomen “I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong.” -Vita Sackville-West Young women and girls need role models for leading lives of consequence, conviction and influence. High school curricula, especially in history, almost completely ignore women's experiences, priorities, and their individual and collective contributions to change. In a time when women are fighting for equal pay, mutual respect and to have their voices heard, we must correct this long-standing inequity. The Problem: New York State's High School history curricula, like most around the nation, includes little to no information about women. ™As of the 2017/2018 school year, there are a total of 10 references to women and gender in New York State’s High School Social Studies Curriculum: ™In eight out of these 10 cases “women” appears on a list with other groups following phrases like “diverse groups” and “such as” or “including.”™ Here are all the references to women for the entire four years: –Once in the 9th Grade Global History Sequence (“Shifting roles of men and women” in the Neolithic Revolution) Twice in 10th Grade Global History Sequence (part of lists during the study of the Enlightenment and, later, imperialism) Seven times in the 11th Grade US History sequence (Role in Revolutionary War, Early 19th C, Reconstruction, World War I, the 1920’s, World War II, and finally the Second Wave Feminist movement). But, as of 2017, only 1% of the questions on the US History Regents Examination address women at all. Zero times in the 12 Grade courses on Participation in Government and Civics and Economics, the Enterprise System, and Finance The Solution: Teach about women by putting women on the curriculum and making resources for teaching about women and gender readily available. Re-write the NYS Social Studies Standards, grades 9-12 to include rich material that addresses women’s experience, the accomplishments of individual women and questions of gender throughout the year. Add a criterion under Social Studies Practices, grades 9-12 – Civic Practices that includes “developing awareness of gender equity and its complex history.” Add “Read for underlying gender, racial or other biases” to the NYS Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, grades 6-12 under “Key Ideas and Details.” Build an online database that is free, easily-accessible, and dedicated to materials and resources that address women and gender, the accomplishments of individual women, sexuality, intersectionality, and the complex history of gendered relationships. In developing this database, topics and subjects should be sure to invite and support the inclusion of diverse aspects of the human experience including but not limited to questions of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality, age, and ability.    Our Mission: To change the stories we tell about women, gender, and power in classrooms and beyond.  Our Strategy: We  harness the passion of educators and supporters to fight for change in  Policy: Change educational policy and learning standards to include rich and intersectional material on women and gender Classrooms: Give teachers the tools and skills they need to teach about women and the complex history of gender roles. To do so, we maintain a free database of educator resources and conduct workshops to show teachers how to implement them.  The World: Build a mentorship network to connect young women and girls with mentors of all genders who can help them thrive and succeed beyond school in their personal and professional lives. To learn more, contact Georgina Emerson at  Twitter:  @teachaboutwomen  Hashtag: #teachaboutwomen  Website:

Georgina Emerson
417 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Kentucky Parole Board

Kentucky Parole Board: Deny Parole for Damien Lacambra (Inmate No. 296119)

On April 24th, 2016, Amelia Forsting (Lacambra) was shot and killed by her husband, Damien Lacambra. The gun was 4 to 6 inches away from her head. Her one month old son, Luke, was nearby and witnessed Amelia's killing. He only had his mother for 46 days. The murder trial took place from December 4th to 8th, 2017. During the trial, Amelia’s friends and family had to listen in horror while the details of the crime were presented. The prosecutors detailed how Damien was a trained weapons expert in the US Army who loves guns. He is shown as a patterned liar in matters large and small; proudly displaying stickers on his car stating “Afghanistan: I served” despite never being deployed overseas. Multiple people at the trial testified about his anger and jealousy issues. The Commonwealth of Kentucky's gun expert testified that the weapon could not have malfunctioned and that the trigger was intentionally pulled. The lead investigator of the case testified that he believed this was an intentional murder. Damien’s explanation for what happened that day changed multiple times. At first, in his 911 call, he said he had an accidental discharge while removing his gun from the holster. Later, he changed the story to say the gun went off when he was trying to unload the gun. Later that day, after being questioned by LMPD detectives, he said that it was only a joke; he pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger to get a reaction out of her, telling detectives that he thought it was unloaded. Amelia is not able to tell her side of the story. Her one month old son, Luke, will fortunately not remember that horrible day. However, the abundance of evidence presented told her story and was more than sufficient to convict Mr. Lacambra of murder. Amelia’s family and friends were confident that their loved one’s killer would remain behind bars for at least the next 25 years. However, the jury—in ignorance of the evidence presented—returned a verdict of not guilty for the charge of murder. Instead, they sentenced him guilty to the charge of manslaughter in the second degree. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, this is a Class C felony that carries a maximum 10-year sentence. In addition, offenders are considered “non-violent” and eligible for parole after serving only 20% of their sentence. This means that this man, who shot and killed his wife, is considered non-violent by the state and may be released from prison only two years after his crime. His parole date is set for April 3rd, 2018—almost two weeks from today. As friends, family, and concerned members of the public, we petition the Kentucky Parole Board to deny parole to Damien Lacambra, inmate 296119. We are horrified by what this man did and live in fear that he will hurt Amelia’s family, her friends, and her son Luke. He is a danger to not only those who knew Amelia, but all members of the public as well. We, as signers of this petition, represent concerned members of the public and ask the Kentucky Parole Board to deny parole to this man. We cannot retry the case, but we can demonstrate that we, as citizens, are horrified by the crime and concerned about what may happen when the killer is released. We thank the Kentucky Parole Board for considering our concerns and urge you to deny parole for this killer. Thank you. ----------- This petition is authored by The Mary Byron Project on behalf of Amelia's family and friends. Learn more at

The Mary Byron Project
4,851 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Planned Parenthood, always, U by Kotex, Schools and School Boards

Free Menstrual Products in Middle School and High School Restrooms

Free menstrual products in school can have a lasting effect on a young woman’s life. By having free menstrual products in school restrooms, girls will have a more comfortable and worry-free experience while having their periods during school.Instead of focusing on the possible consequences of not being prepared for their periods, young girls can focus on their education. Girls will not have to ask their neighbor for a tampon or pad in an emergency. Instead, young girls can feel assured that if they have an emergency, supplies will be at their ready. Low-income families sometimes have a hard time purchasing period products because of the expensive cost of these needed products. A box of tampons can cost up to $10 or more, and can be even more pricey for better quality products. Pads can be anywhere between $7 and $15. Some low-income families have to wait for their next paycheck to buy menstrual supplies, and that may not match up with the girl’s cycle. With free menstrual products in schools, girls living in low-income families will not have to worry when their parents' next paycheck will come in. They can instead have easy access to supplies, and do not have to feel embarrassed about not having anything to catch their menstrual blood. If we do not get this to happen in schools, girls will continue to feel uncomfortable and unprepared in situations when they need menstrual products. However, if we do get this to happen, girls will feel secure and safe in schools, and instead have the ability to focus on their learning rather than if they have an extra pad or tampon. Simply putting menstrual products in school can change a young girl’s life, and make her more confident knowing that she will be protected no matter what kind of emergencies happen. Please sign this petition and change girls’ lives!  

Sarah Smith
39 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Asking Women's NGOs & UNCSW To Oppose Forced Sterilizations

Asking Women's NGOs & The UNCSW To Publicly Oppose Forced Sterilizations

Because shocking as this may sound the United Nation's Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) and vast majority of Women's Non-Governmental Organizations are ignoring the suffering of women resulting from China's coercive population control program, and the atrocities it inflicts. This appalling indifference was on display at the CSW61 Forum in New York (March 2017 ) and also CSW57 (March 2013) which had as a priority the theme of eliminating all violence against women. Yet despite being very aware of the issue a collectively signed declaration by United Nations agencies, while raising a number of examples of violence against women ignored entirely forced sterilizations. SEE HEREThis disregard also surfaced during 2014 at the CSW58 and Beijing +20 meetings. Anyone of integrity compassion and supportive of human rights will share the dismay and concern at the continuing silence of the UNCSW and related Women's NGOs on this clear example of violence against women.For a number of years successive appeals have been made by Tibettruth (an independent research and lobbying network on Tibet and China) to the United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) and associated Women's Non-Governmental Organizations that the issue of human rights violations, arising from China's coercive birth control program, be featured at the annual Session of the UNCSW and related NGO Forum, both held in New York.Although it may seem too incredible to accept, for whatever reason such requests have not been received with any positive outcome, and the ongoing abuses suffered by women across China and occupied lands such as Tibet, East Turkestan, Southern Mongolia and Manchuria are continually overlooked by the UNCSW. It is anticipated that a similar evasion and censorship will preside at the forthcoming CSW 62nd Session, March 12 to 23, 2018.We feel this is a tragic oversight, given the nature and extent of atrocities, that impact upon countless women, who have no choice but comply to the dictates of China's draconian population control policies. Any woman in violation of such laws faces a brutally intimidating spiral of coercion including; loss of housing and employment, confiscation of property or possessions, arbitrary arrest, psychological and physical abuse. “Coercive controls imposed on Chinese women and their families, and additional abuses engendered by China’s population and family planning system, violate standards set forth in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 1994 Programme of Action of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development.China was a state participant in the negotiation and adoption of both. Acts of official coercion committed in the implementation of population planning policies contravene provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Convention), which China has ratified.” Source: CECC 2016 Report In January 2014, more than 20 government personnel in Yuqing county reportedly took Tan Kaimei, who suffered from uterine fibroids, to the local family planning office where they signed her agreement on an operation consent form and pinned her down while performing a sterilization procedure on her.Tan and her husband reported to the U.S.-based human rights organization China Aid that officials refused to give them a legal explanation for the forced procedure. Source: Page 105 2015 Report By CECCSuch human rights abuse has one objective, to terrorize women into complying with sterilizations and abortions, and those who resist face the harrowing prospect of forced birth control surgeries.In March 2013, local family planning officials ordered Wan  Liqiao to pay a 6,000 yuan (US$980) ‘‘protection fee’’ to avoid having to undergo a tubal ligation after her third pregnancy. One day later, and before she could come up with the fee, officials forced her into a van and took her to the local family planning office, where they performed a tubal ligation surgery on her without prior medical examination (she has a rare blood type) and without obtaining her or her family’s written consent. Source: CECC 2013 Report The scale of such violations is staggering and has been noted previously are of a dimension and implementation that Heinrich Himmler could only dream of. In 2010 in one Chinese city alone nearly 10 000 women were targeted for forced sterilizations in a period of two weeks, with relatives of women arrested, houses raided, people detained. According to Amnesty International doctors worked almost 24 hour shifts to ensure the demanded numbers of women sterilized such medical atrocities grossly violate a woman's right to control over her own body and show no respect for reproductive rights. Issues that many would naturally expect attract the urgent and alarmed attention of the UNCSW. Yet, unbelievably despite numerous appeals; along with the submission of detailed evidence and testimony of these abuses, it has thus far chosen to remain silent and inactive on the plight of women traumatized by China's population control terrorism.We had hoped that this troubling attitude would change at the 57th Session of the UNCSW, which had agreed the theme of the Elimination and Prevention Of All Forms Of Violence Against Women And Girls. Sadly the assembled delegates and organizations involved turned their backs to the suffering of women being forcibly sterilized, be they in occupied Tibet, China, East Turkestan, Uzbekistan, India or Israel. In light of the obvious violence that China's population program inflicts we had thought that this troubling issue would, at last, be given serious and meaningful examination and discussion with the UNCSW and among Women's NGOs. After all the international agreements and statutes of various bodies; including the United Nations, which those involved with the UNCSW uphold and advocate, are clear in asserting opposition to coercion regarding reproductive freedoms; and define forced sterilizations as constituting violence against women:Both the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development and 1999 Cairo Plus 5 Conference in New York rule out coercion relating to reproductive rights. Additionally the 1995 UN Women's Conference and NGO Forum recognized such abuse as serious violation of women's human rights and condemned such practices calling for governments to take action. This commitment is reflected in the conference report; the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, both of which received the support and consent of governments. These documents clearly state governments should;"Take all appropriate measures to eliminate harmful, medically unnecessary or coercive medical interventions" and that: "Acts of violence against women also include forced sterilization and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives" (section D, paragraph 115). It is also stated that women should have the right to have control over their sexuality and reproductive health, "free of coercion, discrimination and violence".Clearly forced sterilizations, coerced abortions and sterilizations, in tandem with intrusive monitoring of women's reproductive cycles, constitute acts of discrimination that violate:Articles 1 and 2 of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).Article 16(e) of CEDAW specifically guarantees women the rights: "to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to the . . . means to enable them to exercise these rights."At the Fourth World UN Conference on Women, the participating governments, including China's, recognized and reaffirmed:"the right to have control and decide freely and responsibly . . . matters related to . . . Reproductive health, free of coercion . . . and violence." (Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, para 96.) To this end, governments agreed to:"Take all appropriate measures to eliminate . . . coercive medical interventions . ." (para 106(h).)Having collectively agreed and committed China to the terms and agreements of the Platform for Action and the Beijing Declaration, which rightly defined violence against women as including:". . . forced sterilization, and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives . . " (Ibid-Paragraph 115).Yet what is the point of these international agreements and commitments if they are ignored, and the violations which they condemn are allowed to continue unopposed? There is no doubt that such gross violations form a harrowing assault upon women's human rights, and are a deeply disturbing example of state violence towards women. This fact, in consideration equally that coercion, and forced sterilizations have been acknowledged as constituting violence against women and a denial of their reproductive rights, surely demands that the subject of forced sterilizations and forced abortions (which form a central element of China's population program) be acknowledged and campaigned against by the UNCSW and Women's NGOs.Given the violent nature of such abuses, in which women are subject to the most horrendous atrocities we note our disappointment and concern that the UNCSW  and associated Women's NGOs have selected to ignore this issue at  the 61st Session of the UNCSW. Moreover we see that it does not feature at that the parallel Women's NGO Forum. In light of these troubling omissions we request that the public be informed what actions and measures are being taken by the UNCSW and associated Women's NGOs, to oppose, report and eliminate China's forced sterilization and forcible abortion of women.

Tibet Truth
1,949 supporters