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Women's Rights

494 petitions

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Petition to Oklahoma State House, Oklahoma State Senate, Mary Fallin

Lauren’s Law - Support Consent Education In Oklahoma - Pass House Bill 2734

Lauren Atkins bravely shared her story with the world last summer. A story every parent hopes their child won’t have to face, but for many that’s all too familiar; Lauren was raped by a boy she knew from school. She was shocked to find out he had no idea what legal consent was. In the fall of 2014, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped and bullied out of the same school Lauren attends. These are not isolated incidents. Girls between 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. 44% of sexual assaults happen before the age of 18. WE MUST FOCUS ON EDUCATION. Statutory laws on consent are not enough to prevent rape. Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing the horrifying statistics. Yes All Daughters has worked with Oklahoma lawmaker and former high school teacher, Representative Jacob Rosecrants, to introduce House Bill 2734 to address the need for consent and healthy relationship education. HB2734 will allow for the development of age appropriate programs on consent and healthy relationship behavior. These programs will teach students about consent and how to recognize and prevent relationship violence, including physical and emotional relationship abuse. It will also address relationship communication skills, emotional health, and accountability. Federal funds are available for this consent and safe relationship education to be implemented at the state level through Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the last administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls Report estimated the cost of rape to be as high as $240,776 per incident, including medical services, investigations, loss of productivity, and quality of life. With the high cost of assault and federal funding available, there’s no excuse not to protect and educate our kids. Let’s do this for Lauren, the young women we started our movement for, and all the survivors who hope for a better world. SIGN OUR PETITION AND DEMAND THAT OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS MAKE OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SAFETY A PRIORITY BY PASSING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. EDUCATION IS PREVENTION. Call and email your legislators. Stand with us against Sexual Violence. No more Silence. No more Shame.

Yes All Daughters
67,258 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to To the El Salvador Legislature

Free Salvadoran woman Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, imprisoned for miscarriage

Amnesty International Group 11 in New York City calls for justice for Teodora del Carmen Vásquez. Teodora has spent the last ten years in jail after being accused of having had an abortion and ultimately being convicted of ‘aggravated homicide’. On Wed, Dec. 13, 2017 the same judges who sent her to prison will review her case and decide her fate. She could be released, but could also remain in prison to complete her sentence.  [UPDATE, 12/9/17: Prosecution requests 5 day delay in case of Salvadoran woman jailed after a miscarriage.] We are asking you to sign this petition, which will be used in a campaign urging El Salvador to free Teodora and to change its draconian abortion laws.  This campaign is fast garnering world-wide attention through I Am Listening internet radio and the Twitter #IAmListening hashtag. Please sign this petition by Tue, Dec 12, 2017. Background In 2007, 9-month pregnant Teodora suffered a stillbirth after the rapid onset of serious pain while she was at work. She called 911, but help did not turn up on time. Instead, several police officers arrived, handcuffed her and arrested her on suspicion of ‘aggravated homicide’ under El Salvador’s ban on abortions. She was presumed guilty of ‘abortion’ rather than the victim of pregnancy complications. Under Salvadoran law all citizens must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, Teodora’s trial was flawed and lacking in due process. Her sentence was based on inconclusive evidence and she faced discrimination of authorities. Being from a poor family, she could not afford an effective legal team to represent her. This is often the case for poor, rural women like Teodora who suffer pregnancy-related complications in El Salvador. They are immediately assumed guilty and sentenced to prison to up to 40 years—the maximum jail terms for this type of crime. Teodora is one of many women in El Salvador convicted of ‘aggravated homicide’ for simply miscarrying and losing their own pregnancies. To help these women it is urgent to overturn the total abortion ban in El Salvador that violates womens' and girls' rights to life, health, and freedom from discrimination and from torture and ill-treatment. International law requires that abortion be decriminalized in all circumstances and that women and girls are guaranteed access to safe and legal abortion both in law and in practice, at a minimum, in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to the life or the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman or girl, where there is severe and fatal impairment of the fetus, or where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. The total abortion ban also has devastating effects on the children and family of women jailed under this law, who are often unable to see their mothers or relatives for months because they don’t have updated identification papers or they live far from the prison and don’t have the money to pay for transportation and other costs related to the visit. Moreover, families are also placed in dire financial situations when they are compelled to provide for and look after the children of incarcerated women. Teodora has already spent almost ten years in jail. The coming review of her case is an opportunity to change the course of her life and correct the miscarriage of justice. Amnesty International has launched a Twitter campaign #IAmListening and AIUSA Group 11 has set up this online petition urging the El Salvadoran government to guarantee due process in Teodora’s judicial proceedings and ensure she receives the justice she was earlier denied in order for her to achieve her freedom.

AIUSA Group 11
54,879 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Council of the European Union, European Parliament, European Commission, Court of Justice of the European Union, European External Action Service – EU High Representative, Council of the EU and European Council, European Court of Auditors (ECA), European Parliament Office in Washington DC

European Union, STOP supporting Islamic Regime in Iran!

Beginning on December 28, 2017 protests against worsening economic conditions and rampant corruption in the Islamic Republic of Iran transformed into a nationwide rebellion against the country’s theocratic regime. The first wave of anti-regime protests spanned approximately two weeks and spread to more than 80 cities and towns across Iran. Slogans included: “Down with Dictator!” “Islam and the Quran, we sacrifice them both to Iran!” “Neither for Gaza, nor for Lebanon, we will sacrifice our lives for Iran!” ”Khamenei is a murderer, his position as a leader is not deserved!” “A member of Basij is the enemy of Iranian people that drinks the blood of the nation!” and “Cyrus is our father, Iran is our motherland!” Nearly 4,000 protesters were arrested, and hundreds were killed during the regime’s crackdown. Since then, over the past weeks, there has been widespread non-conformity to mandatory hijab on the part of Iranian women. We expect new waves of demonstrations to begin again, and for the Islamic Republic to be toppled at any given moment. We, the Iranian people, are very disappointed in the response of European Union officials and the heads of state of European Union member nations to the ongoing social and political situation in our country. In his discussion with President Rouhani at the height of the crisis, President Macron failed to recognize that the Rouhani government in particular, and the theocratic regime as a whole, has lost its legitimacy. Instead, Macron seemed more interested in being assuring that Rouhani would “clean up” the situation so that it would not cause a Public Relations crisis for France. If this horrendous misconstrual of the situation in Iran is not disingenuous, then the highest foreign affairs office of the European Union is utterly incapable of even the most basic intelligence collection and sociological analysis. If, on the other hand, such remarks represent a deliberate attempt to turn a blind eye to the grievances and suffering of Iranian protesters (the majority of which are anti-Islamic, let alone “ultra-conservative”), then let the record stand that the European Union has endorsed the theocratic tyranny of the Islamic Republic. Ms. Mogherini and her aide should immediately be dismissed from their posts. If they are not, we will consider the later interpretation correct. In that event, once the will of the people prevails in Iran, we will sever all economic and diplomatic relations with the European Union. Given that transactions with the Islamic Republic of Iran account for around 10% of Germany’s international trade alone, that will come as quite a blow to the European economy. We are sure that, on our end, the slack can be taken up by increased trade with the United States of America, whose President and other leading representatives of both political parties, have unequivocally supported the courageous struggle of Iranians for freedom and a government that reflects Iran’s glorious and ancient civilization. Consider yourselves forewarned. Iranian community.

Arvin Adriyan
170 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Yoweri Museveni Kaguta

Stand with CERESAV in the Campaign against Acid Attack Violence in Uganda.

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, I founded the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). I founded CERESAV because of my personal experiences, and because of the stories I was 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 Change.org petitions, great things happened. Please join me by supporting this campaign. Every single contributions goes a long way in transforming many lives and increasing the awareness of the problem. Please join me in asking H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta to sign the Toxic Chemicals Bill into law.

Hanifa Nakiryowa
283,353 supporters