Women's Rights

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Petition to Dave Ogrean, Casey Jorgensen

Pay Equity for USA Women's Hockey National Team Players

The US Women's Hockey National Team is currently ranked as the world's most elite group of female athletes in the sport of Ice Hockey (sorry Canada, you'll have to make do with 2nd place!). USA Hockey collects over $42 million per year in fees and other income.  Yet, Women's National Team players receive only a $6,000 "training stipend" every four years, while senior officials of USA Hockey siphon off several million dollars per year from male and female youth hockey players across the country to enrich their own personal bank accounts.  Meanwhile, our Olympic Medalists are forced to pay for their own equipment while working multiple jobs to pay for their shelter, food and other living expenses.  In contrast, their counterparts on the US Men's Hockey National Team are able to fully dedicate themselves to representing their sport and their country, often while receiving lucrative contracts with professional men's hockey clubs.  Even teenage male national team hockey prospects are funded at a level nearly four times higher than the Women's National Team. Strong female role models teach our boys and girls that every person should be judged by their character, hard work, talent and overall excellence, not their gender. This funding inequity sends exactly the wrong message - fathers, brothers and sons must demonstrate pride in their female counterparts by action, not just words, and treat them with the respect and admiration they deserve.  Strong women make our country better, no less so than strong men.  

Paul Furtaw
309 supporters
Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to Marlon E. Kimpson, Wendell G. Gilliard, Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, Henry McMaster, South Carolina State House, South Carolina State Senate, South Carolina Governor, Katrina Frye Shealy, Margie Bright Matthews

Come together to support women's health in South Carolina

The state of South Carolina's PPO plan, under Blue Cross Blue Shield, does not cover comprehensive care for women. Let's come together, stand up for state workers, and ensure women's access to health services.  We are asking for: 1. Annual Wellness exams for all women primary care members and dependents be covered by PEBA. This includes the office visit, Pap test, pelvic exam, and breast exam. 2. Contraceptive coverage for dependents of primary care members. Currently, all state workers in South Carolina are covered by PEBA, Blue Cross Blue Shield. Under this plan, annual wellness visits for women are not covered, unless members opt for the high deductible HSA plan.  The lab costs for a Pap test are covered, but the office visit, pelvic exam, and breast exam are not.  This puts the health of women at risk, as many people cannot afford the costs of an annual wellness exam.  We ask that South Carolina get into step with the rest of the nation and protect the health of its women.  Wellness visits are already mandated by federal law. There is nothing stopping our legislators from stepping up and standing up for women's health.  The majority of states offer coverage for wellness visits and contraceptives for members and dependents.   Mammograms are already covered, but breast exams remain an effective, useful, and inexpensive way of screening for cancer, as well as pelvic exams. Please add this coverage for women.  Additionally, contraceptives are not covered for dependents of primary care holders. If a state worker has an adult child who needs birth control, the burden of the cost falls on the family.  This puts the health of the dependent at risk, as many families cannot afford this financial burden.  We ask that the state of South Carolina respect the autonomy of women and acknowledge that choosing birth control is a responsible way to protect one's self.   South Carolina, please protect the health of our women!

Susan Klein
306 supporters
This petition won 1 year 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, and my fellow acid attack survivor Gloria Kankunda and I have founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). We founded CERESAV because of our personal experiences, and because of the stories we were 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 petitions, great things happened. Please join me in asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law.

Hanifa Nakiryowa
279,086 supporters