Women's Rights

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Kristie Hammonds, William Block, Brian Noland, Morgan McDonald, Kimberly D. McCorkle, Robert Pack, Diane Bowen

Disciplinary Action regarding Dr. C. Allen Musil

On behalf of Candy De La Fuente and the many families surfacing complaints surrounding the conduct of Dr. C. Allen Musil MD Pediatric Psychiatry; I am formally requesting disciplinary action in the form of termination by ETSU and Frontier Health System.  On June 26th Candy was breastfeeding her daughter at a local store and was verbally harassed by Mr. Musil. He stated his displeasure with her actions using the terms "disgusting, inappropriate" and even asking her to leave the area. Thankfully Candy is well versed in TN Breastfeeding Law which gives her the legal right to breastfeed in public. Mr. Musil made clear his credentials while harassing Candy, which was particularly disturbing considering his role in child development in our community. As upsetting as this encounter was, the conversation surrounding the incident fostered many claims of unprofessionalism and harassment by other families in our community. He has allegedly mistreated parents and children continually disrespecting them, ignoring their concerns, degrading them, and causing more harm than any "treatment" he should've been providing. It has also been claimed that he is notorious for targeting female coworkers by belittling and harassing them.  Even further,  Mr. Musil holds a leadership role at both ETSU and Frontier Health. As a health care provider, he has been at best a disgrace and proved a disservice to our community. As for both organizations, they have been informed of the situation and made no effort  to correct this issue, enact disciplinary action, or accept voluntary breastfeeding law training offered by myself on behalf of the BABE Breastfeeding Coalition. You can view more details about the incident and surfacing claims here.  Please sign this petition to ensure Mr. Musil can no longer harm any children and their families.    If you have been a victim of harassment or abuse of power by Dr. Musil, please submit a complaint to the medical board here.

Danielle Hammonds
15,895 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Ned Lamont, Joe Aresimowicz, Martin M. Looney

Ban Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Connecticut

Our names are Zehra Patwa & Mariya Taher, and as friends and survivors, we together are pleading to the Connecticut State Legislature to pass a law making it illegal for someone to carry out Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) on girls. A Connecticut ban on FGM/C is time-critical, as 39 states, including all other states in New England, have enacted laws to ban FGM/C, And Connecticut is also the only state bordering New York in which FGM/C is legal. We do not want this state to be a destination for FGM/C. Additionally, Connecticut is the only state along the notorious sex trafficking corridor between Providence, RI, and Atlantic City, NJ in which FGM/C is legal.  Zehra - Born and brought up in the UK and a proud Connecticut resident for over 25 years, I am a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. I have been speaking out about my experience for the last 5 years because when I was taken abroad to be cut at the age of seven, I was told to never speak of it again. I want to make sure this never happens to anyone else and I want Connecticut, my home state, to become a safe place for all girls by passing a law to ban FGM/C. Mariya - I was born in the United States and live in Massachusetts, and at the age of seven, I, like Zehra, was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Due to my experience and because I have friends and relatives who have also undergone FGM/C both here in the United States or elsewhere in the world, for over five years, I’ve worked with the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association to pass legislation protecting girls in my home state from having to undergo this harm too. The bill finally became law in August 2020. Now, I want to support my friend Zehra, in ensuring that her home state, Massachusett’s neighboring state, also passes a law to protect ALL girls from FGM/C.  FGM/C is a practice that involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue on girls for non-medical reasons. It is internationally recognized as a human rights violation that can result in physical harm including pain, bleeding, shock, tetanus, genital sores, and cause long-lasting psychological harm including sexual disorders, fear of sexual intimacy, nightmares, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Connecticut is known for its progressive policies in terms of reproductive rights, anti-discrimination laws, and equality issues, yet 39 states have already passed laws banning FGM/C, in some cases as amendments to child abuse laws.  As FGM/C is nearly always carried out on minors, is a violation of the rights of children, and reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes that constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women, we must protect girls from undergoing FGM/C. Both of us believe in the importance of education and community engagement to help create social change within communities and amongst groups where FGM/C might be happening. To that end, we each have organized and participated in community events to educate our friends and family members about the harms of FGM/C and why it should be abandoned. Yet, despite our efforts, FGM/C continues, often being touted as a religious or cultural practice that is needed to control women’s sexuality.  A federal FGM/C ban, first passed in 1996, has been amended and strengthened over the years to make it illegal for a girl to be taken overseas for the practice, to specifically include parents/guardians consenting to the procedure as a crime, and to call for government reporting on the number of women and girls estimated to be impacted by FGM/C in the U.S. and government agencies’ actions to end the practice.  Despite the federal law, state laws remain critical tools in preventing FGM/C. Specific state anti-FGM/C laws send a strong message that the practice is not acceptable. We know anecdotally that families on the fence or resisting having their daughters undergo the procedure, but facing pressure from family or community members to do so, use existing laws as the reason for why they will not cut their daughters. In addition, state laws fill gaps left by federal laws. Comprehensive state legislation provides education and outreach on FGM/C to local communities and professionals likely to encounter cases, bans taking a girl outside of the state to undergo FGM/C, and gives survivors the opportunity to stand up for themselves in a court of law. A state law gives state prosecutors more leeway in the event the Dept of Justice can’t/won’t prosecute. Finally, federal law is not a substitute for state law and will not work in all instances. We need a bill in Connecticut that unequivocally reiterates that female genital mutilation/cutting is a form of violence. There are laws against domestic violence and sexual assault and abuse. We need a law against FGM/C as well. Connecticut can do a better job of protecting girls by banning FGM/C. Sign our petition to support us in demanding that legislators pass a bill to make Connecticut the 40th state to ban FGM/C. Let’s work together to take a stance against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting!   ~ Zehra Patwa &  Mariya Taher

Mariya Taher
84,394 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Anita Annet Among, Betty Angom Amongi, Norbert Mao, Francis Mwebesa

Demand the Government of Uganda pass a law against acid attacks.

My name is Linneti Kirungi and I am an acid attack survivor.  Those scars you see on my face and neck, my missing ear, they are because my ex-boyfriend attacked me with acid after I rejected his marriage proposal.  I almost lost my life and spent a year in the hospital.  What's worse is that my ex-boyfriend was never held legally accountable in any way.  Now I'm fighting to make sure this does not happen to other innocent people.  We know from legal initiatives in other countries that the best way to reduce the frequency of acid violence is to enforce tough laws on the sale of acid and punishment for perpetrators.  That's why I am urging you to sign this petition demanding the Ugandan government pass a law against acid attacks. What would the law address?   It would regulate the sale of acid.  You see, acid is readily available in the market in Uganda.  When you move to the streets in Kampala, the way they sell tomatoes, the same way they sell acid.  If I want to buy acid, they will not ask me anything, for my license, for what industrial use I am purchasing it.  It makes it a very easy weapon to get.   It is also inexpensive.  In most cases, a liter of acid costs 3000 Ugandan Shillings, roughly one US dollar.  With one liter, you can make someone very deformed, end someone’s life.  In 2016, the government passed the Toxic Chemicals and Prohibition Bill into law.  It was a good start but it was too general in nature.  It brought all the other chemicals in one basket.  We need the law to specify who can purchase acid and for what industrial purposes. It would enforce stricter punishments for perpetrators. As it is written into law now, someone convicted of an acid attack can be sentenced for up to seven years in prison.  Not only is seven years an outrageously meager sentence for an act of attempted murder, but perpetrators are rarely charged.  Of the over 200 acid attack survivors with whom I have worked in Uganda, only 20 percent of their perpetrators were charged or had any legal consequence for perpetrating the attack. Please click here to learn more about acid attacks in Uganda and why this law is needed.

42,410 supporters