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Women's Rights

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Petition to Kern County District Attorney, Cynthia Zimmer

Justice for Wendy

UPDATE: During Wendy's bail reduction hearing the judge agreed that there is evidence of a justified self defense and subsequently ruled that her bail be lowered to $500,000. With the help of donations that were made by many generous supporters, we as a family, were able to post bail and bring our mom home where she belongs. Doing so means that we will not have the funds at this time to retain legal counsel. Any donations from this point forward will go toward ensuring that Wendy has good legal representation as we move toward trial. If you are interested in donating please visit our GoFundMe and join our Facebook Group. We need your help now more than ever! Every, like, share, and donation helps! Our mother is currently incarcerated for an alleged unjustifiable homicide. In truth, she defended herself and her family against a man who has abused us as well as others for many years. This man beat her with a metal baseball bat while she was pregnant with their daughter. The case was filed in Ventura County.  This man sexually abused her minor daughter. A report was filed with the Kern County Sheriff's Department, but charges were never brought. This man had several physical altercations with her minor sons. This man tried to rape her. This man sexually assaulted his own biological minor daughter on multiple occasions. A report was filed with the Tehachapi Police Department and an investigation was occurring at the time of his death.  This is a man with a history of violence toward her and our family and we all have many reasons to have been afraid. Our mother loves her life and her children with everything that she is. She had no choice, but to defend herself and her family against a man who had already tried to kill her before. She had every reason to fear for her life and the safety and wellbeing of her children. There is no reason she should be charged with first degree murder. It is unjust. Kern County District Attorney, Cynthia Zimmer needs to know how the public that she serves feels. The charges against our mother need to be dropped. She does not deserve to be prosecuted.  There is no place she deserves to be more than home with her family. 

Miranda Frost
4,458 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to California State Senate, Nancy Pelosi, California Governor, California State House, Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, Paul Cook, Kevin McCarthy, Barbara Lee, Darrell E. Issa, Ken Calvert, Adam B. Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Jared Huffman, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass

End Child Marriage in California

Current marriage age exception laws in CA offer dangerous loopholes to predators who can and do use them to exploit children. My Story: My name is Sara Tasneem, and I am a child marriage survivor who is advocating to end child marriage in California. At just fifteen, I was forced by my father to marry a 28 year old stranger. Sadly, I am not alone, a recent report showed that: "Between 2000 and 2015, at least 207,459 minors were married in the United States", and 86% of child marriages happen to girls marrying adult men. Many Americans are unaware that children across the United States are legally able to marry. State laws govern marriage age laws and 48 out of 50 states allow children under the age of 18 to marry with parental consent, or if there is a pregnancy involved. Join me in fighting to end child marriage in CA today! Child Marriage is legal in 48 out of the 50 states in the US Ending child marriage in the United States is an uphill battle because each state must approve new bills limiting the age of marriage to 18.  Many states, including California, are reticent to pass such bills because of age-old patriarchal views of marriage and pregnancy. Recently, Delaware and New Jersey passed the marriage laws to limit the age of marriage to 18 with no exceptions. After the age of 18 individuals are considered adults and they can access the vital services that they might need if they experience abuse, or want to divorce their partners. Child marriage in California: In California there is NO age limit for a minor to marry with parental consent and Judicial review.  What is problem with these laws? Minors are easily coerced and forced into marriages especially when raised in an abusive household. Parental consent can mean force and abuse if a minor does not comply with a marriage chosen for them. Once they have been forced into a marriage it is extremely difficult to leave. Child Marriage is considered a HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE internationally and domestically, but there are very few laws which prevent it. Here is a small list of significant roadblocks that minors face in California when trying to leave an abusive forced marriage. Minors who marry are THREE TIMES more likely to experience abuse within their marriages. Shelters will not take minors in without parental consent, and often minors are turned away or sent to youth shelters where there is a lack of bed space. Minors cannot enter into contracts thus, it is difficult to find an attorney that will take on a minor’s divorce. Minors are not allowed to get driver’s licenses until after 16 (with parental consent). Minors are not allowed to work in some states until 15-16 years old (with parental consent). Many minors who marry are often forced to drop out of school limiting their ability to get jobs, or future opportunities. Minors who marry are faced with serious health risks, and often have more children than their adult counterparts. Minors who marry suffer from higher complications in childbirth, and higher rates of mental health issues.   Forced child marriage can often be inter-generational and many minors who are forced into marriages suffer from multiple layers of abuse. The solution: END CHILD MARRIAGE FOR GOOD, limit marriage to adults only (18 years+).   References: http://apps.frontline.org/child-marriage-by-the-numbers/ Learn more: https://endchildmarriageus.org/ My advocacy work and contact information: https://tasneemsfadvocacy.home.blog/

Sara Tasneem
2,476 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to President Gianni Infantino

Support Iranian Women to Watch Sports in Stadiums (#NoBan4Women)

I grew up loving the game of football. As often as possible, I’d watch the matches on television with family and friends, cheering on our favorite teams and players. But as a woman in Iran, I’ve never seen a single game played in my home country. Iran's largest stadium is named Azadi - which means "freedom" - and it seats 100,000 sports fans. However, not one of those seats is currently designated for Iranian women to freely enjoy sports.  Please sign my petition demanding FIFA use its power to call for an end to Iran’s stadium ban for women. Help me raise 100,000 signatures to represent the 100,000 seats of Azadi Stadium. UPDATE: Our new goal is 300,000! Women are passionate sports fans just like men, and deserve to cheer on their teams in the stadiums. The fact that this discriminatory ban has existed for 39 years is appalling, and an assault on our right to free assembly. But the good news is that it’s not actually written into our law, and can easily be overturned – if we apply enough pressure on the right people. Iran is the only country playing in the 2018 World Cup which bans women from stadiums, a direct violation of FIFA’s gender discrimination statute and their new human rights policy. Yet FIFA president Gianni Infantino has shown no sign of doing anything about it – in fact, he was recently photographed posing with Iranian president Rouhani the day after 35 women were arrested for attempting to attend a football game.  Sign my petition to demand that Mr. Infantino use his power to get Iran to end the stadium ban for women. Support #NoBan4Women. Thank you!  من از طرفداران فوتبال هستم، اما همیشه مسابقات رو فقط از توی تلویزیون دیدم و بخاطر دختر بودنم هیچوقت این شانسرو نداشتم که بازی تیم مورد علاقه‌ام رو در کشورم از نزدیک تماشا کنملطفا این طومار رو که برای پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان ایرانی به ورزشگاه‌ها به فیفا نوشته شده امضا کنید بسیاری از خانمها هم مثل اکثر آقایان طرفدار فوتبال هستند و این حق رو دارند که مسابقات مورد علاقه شون رو از نزدیکتماشا کنند. این مانعی که سالها وجود داره توهینی به همه ما زنان ایرانی است. خوشبختانه منع قانونی در این مورد وجودندارد، بنابراین، تغییر این شرط ممکن استایران تنها کشوری است که این اجازه را به زنان نمیدهد که این بر خلاف قوانین فدراسیون جهانی فوتبال است چرا کهتبعیض جنسیتی محسوب میشود. با  این حال تا کنون هیچ انتقادی از طرف فیفا مطرح نشده است. اگر همه ما خواسته خودمان را مطرح کنیم، فیفا قادر به نادیده گرفتن این وضعیت نخواهد بود فیفا یک مجمع بین المللی است و عده زیادی از زنان در این مجمع حضور دارند که به افکار عمومی اهمیت میدهند لطفا برای درخواست از فیفا جهت پایان دادن به منع حضور زنان به ورزشگاه‌ها این طومار رو امضا کنید Petitioner: My Fundamental Right | Supported by: Equality League

Maryam Qashqaei Shojaei
284,256 supporters