Women's Rights

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

You may lose your seat if we can't afford or are denied healthcare.

If representatives and senators support any healthcare initiative that puts individuals with pre-existing conditions in a separate, high cost pool, allows insurance providers to discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions in any way including pregnancy, mental health and chemical health treatment, eliminates coverage for basic and pre-natal care or increases rates for the poor and elderly, your seat will be seriously at risk in the next election. We need comprehensive, affordable healthcare coverage for ALL Americans.  Anything other than that impacts our country in a multitude of ways including job loss, financial ruin because of an unexpected illness, declining quality of care as healthcare systems are forced to cut staff because of diminished re-imubursement and patients getting sicker and costlier to treat because they don't get preventative care. I am a Minnesotan and an ovarian cancer survivor and a mother of a daughter serving our country. I am not a bad person because I had cancer. I didn't get cancer because I didn't exercise or treated my body poorly, quite the contrary. Foregoing a latte will not begin to touch the healthcare costs I have experienced over the past two years. People who get sick don't deserve to be punished financially or make decisions that cost them their life.  I am a healthcare professional, entrepreneur and patient advocate and my health care costs are already so high that I choose to stretch out my quarterly tests for recurrence to twice a year and I am not alone.  Healthcare is too expensive but the solution is not to put those of us who have had a health issue in a separate group because that group will grow and grow and grow.  Anyone can get an unexpected illness at any moment and find themselves in a position of fighting for their life or the life of a loved one.  Nobody in America should choose between death and bankruptcy when they get sick.

Michelle Chaffee
88 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Parliament of the Republic of Uganda., President Yoweri Museveni


Let me tell you my story.  I am many things.  I am Ugandan.  I am a mother.  I am an artisan and businesswoman.  I am also a SURVIVOR.  I am a survivor of an acid attack that left me scarred forever and terrified and hopeless for a long time.  It is a story that many of my sisters in Uganda and around the world can also tell you, because acid attacks disproportionally affect women and girls. My story is my own and at the same time, it echoes the cries of my fellow survivors and the cries of my country. My name is Bukirwa Juliet.  I am 27 years old and I am the mother of two daughters. My parents died when I was still very young and so I was sent to stay with my aunt in the village.  My aunt had very many kids at the house and couldn't take care of all of us.  Therefore, I was forced to drop out of school.  A friend of mine took me to Kampala City, where I got work as a house maid at 14 years old. This is when I met the man who changed the course of my life.   I entered a relationship with him and he beat me and sexually abused me. He was so violent that I decided to leave him and go back to school.  Then I discovered that I was pregnant.  I was 15 years old.  I stayed in the relationship for two more years and then gave my daughter to my mother-in- law, to keep her safe and away from the situation, with this man, that I still found myself in. I began to think more about leaving and talked to my aunt, who decided to help me leave and go back to school.  I did that.  I found a place to live and began my studies.  I was determined to make my life better.  But he found me.  When I refused to go back to him, he beat me so badly that I pressed charges.  But the police wanted money to process the complaint and I didn't have any money.  Two days later he found me again. This time, he poured acid on me while I was in bed.  I thought it was a nightmare! As I rose, I slipped in the acid, burning my body. As I tried to scream, I swallowed the acid, burning my throat.  I was on fire. I ran to the neighbors and they rushed me to the police station to make a statement and then I was rushed to the hospital in Mulago, where I stayed for over 6 months. The police never followed up on my case.  My attacker fled and I started a new and painful life. This bill is so important in order to help the new generation, especially young girls who are vulnerable to acid violence. I want to thank the RISE team, the End Acid Violence Uganda team, the University of Cincinnati, Uganda Christian University and the John Sentamu Institute, for all of the work they've put into drafting this bill. This comprehensive bill not only strengthens punishment for perpetrators of acid violence, but also works to protect and aid acid attack survivors on their road to recovery. As it stands now, there is a lack of proper legislation regarding acid attacks.  RISE successfully helped to pass the Toxic Chemicals Prohibition Bill last year, which worked to restrict the sale and distribution of acid, but did not target acid violence as a whole. The lack of a bill specifically geared toward acid violence has led to multiple injustices, in which perpetrators walk away without prison time, and survivors are left not only without justice but also with medical needs that they and their families are obligated to pay for. With our proposed bill, perpetrators, and anyone who abets in the attack, will be held accountable. In addition, perpetrators will be obligated to pay for the survivors’ medical needs. Research in other countries with high rates of acid violence, indicates that comprehensive legislation is the most effective way to reduce acid attacks. I am kindly asking Parliament and H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to pass this bill and put in place tough laws on the sale and use of acid as a weapon of violence.  Let there be harsher punishments for anyone who would use acid as a weapon to kill or disfigure others. I am dreaming of a Uganda without acid violence, where women are not abused and where people remain free from the fear of such an attack against humanity.  Please help me realize this dream.  Sign our petition today! Thank you, Bukirwa Juliet  For more information please visit Special thanks to the John Sentamu Institute, Uganda.

1,530 supporters
Update posted 3 days 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
280,852 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town. Her estranged husband ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911. We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance. We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?  WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 2 year 11 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporation, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand to update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from now on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT! Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature enough and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static. We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefiting from the collection of these funds. We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem. Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Hank Hunt
608,658 supporters