Petition to President Gianni Infantino
Support Iranian Women to Watch Sports in Stadiums
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. Sign my petition demanding FIFA use its power to call for an end to Iran’s stadium ban for women. 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 38 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 this year’s World Cup which bans women from stadiums, a direct violation of FIFA’s gender discrimination statute. 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
Petition to Charlie Baker, Robert A. DeLeo, Harriette Chandler, Governor's Office of Community Affairs
Ban Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Massachusetts
Our names are Aisha Yusuf, Hanna Stern, and Mariya Taher, and we each are pleading to the Massachusetts State Legislature to pass a law making it illegal for someone to carry out Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting/Circumcision (FGM/C) on young girls. FGM/C involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue on girls, and can cause 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. Mariya - I was born in the United States and now live in Massachusetts, but at the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in India. Friends and relatives of mine also living in the United States have undergone FGM/C both here in the United States or in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Australia, and many other countries in the world. Aisha- I got my circumcision when I was five. I know many women who also got it done. Personally, I know people in my community who talk about it as if it’s normal. I was aware of people practicing it behind closed doors but I also know that some people are looking for ways to keep the practice alive here in the States even though it might mean legal action is taken against them. I didn't know my home state, Massachusetts, had no laws against FGM/C until I met Mariya who works with many communities to protect girls against FGM/C. Hanna - I literally stumbled on the subject of female genital mutilation searching for a global health research topic online for a school project. I knew nothing about it and was concerned that others would find it uncomfortable and unrelatable. My teacher told me that was all the more reason to focus on FGM/C. It’s not a cultural issue; it’s not a third-world problem. FGM/C happens all over the world; it is happening in Massachusetts! Regardless of culture and tradition, and despite a lack of intent to cause injury, the end result is girls in MA are being violated and need our protection to safeguard them from FGM/C. Massachusetts is known for its progressive policies in terms of reproductive rights, anti-discrimination laws, and equality issues, yet our state still is in the minority of states that do not ban female genital mutilation or cutting. 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. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that over half a million girls and women in the United States are at risk. Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for at-risk populations with an estimated 14,591 women and girls. Since 2012, the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association has over and over again tried to advocate for a state law criminalizing FGM/C. Yet, still to this day, no law has been put into place. The current bills, S.788, and H.2333, have been sent to committee for study and most likely will not move forward either. All three 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. In April 2018, a doctor in Michigan was charged with performing FGM/C on minor girls, highlighting yet again that FGM/C does affect women and girls living in the United States. The doctor claimed FGM/C was a religious requirement and that there were no harmful effects. We three believe that culture and religion should not be an excuse used to sanction harm to girls. We need a bill in Massachusetts that unequivocally reiterates that female genital mutilation/cutting is a form of violence. There are laws against domestic violence and sexual assault. We need a law against FGM/C as well. We three believe our state can do a better job of protecting girls in the Commonwealth by banning FGM/C. You can support us too by signing our petition demanding that legislators make passing a bill banning FGM/C high on their list of priorities. Let’s work together to take a stance against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting! ~ Aisha Yusuf, Hanna Stern, and Mariya Taher
Petition to Cedarville University Board of Trustees and Dr. Thomas White
A Call for the Removal of Paige Patterson from the Cedarville University Board of Trustees
The Problem: Dr. Paige Patterson has come under renewed scrutiny lately as it has been brought to light that he has encouraged abused women to stay with their abusive husbands, even to the point of excusing their abuse due to perceived repentance from the abuser. Another video has surfaced where Dr. Patterson sexualized an underaged girl as a sermon illustration to receive a laugh from the crowd. Our concern is that Dr. Patterson's seat on the Cedarville University Board of Trustees is a signal to the men in the faculty and staff, alumni community, and student body that as long as you are powerful and connected you can be complicit in the abuse of women without consequence. His seat also signals to women in the faculty and staff, the alumni community, and the student body that submission to your husband is more important than your physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual safety and security. We are of the mind that Dr. Patterson should not have any leadership role due to these comments, but especially not one that serves to shape the hearts and minds of young people. As long as Dr. Patterson remains on the Board and the University remains silent, the Board of Trustees, Dr. Thomas White, and the President's Cabinet are condoning the abuse of women under Dr. Patterson's leadership and we will withdraw all support for the University, financial and otherwise. We call for the immediate removal of Dr. Patterson from his leadership position at Cedarville University and a strong statement from the University condemning his words and actions. For More Information on Why This Petition is Important: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/sbc-patterson/559532/?utm_source=atltw https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/area-college-trustee-under-fire-for-telling-woman-stay-abusive-marriage/AD1eanlcd7d61HjNg0YOjK/?ecmp=daytondaily_social_twitter_2014_sfp https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/994422526737600512 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/04/29/southern-baptist-leader-pushes-back-after-comments-leak-urging-abused-women-to-pray-and-avoid-divorce/?utm_term=.15e1e9956d65 https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/baptist-leader-under-fire-for-objectifying-comments-about-women/2018/05/08/b2b33182-5308-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_video.html?utm_term=.42d061f13fe5
Petition to Board of Trustees
Alumni Demand USC Hold Administration Accountable for Supporting Sexual Predators
May 17, 2018 TO: Board of Trustees, University of Southern CaliforniaCC: USC President C.L. Max Nikias USC Provost Michael Quick USC Graduate Student Government USC Undergraduate Student GovernmentFROM: Concerned USC AlumniRE: Abuse of Power and Sexual Assault and Misconduct We, the Alumni at the University of Southern California, condemn the lack of accountability and inaction from the USC administration. We stand unequivocally with the students and staff who have reported the abuse they experienced under gynecologist George Tyndall during his tenure at the Engemann Student Health Center. On May 15, 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported that Tyndall provided services to students for years after numerous reports of inappropriate behavior. The University did not inform his patients or report him, and told the L.A. Times that they were “not legally obligated” to do so. If not for the L.A. Times investigation, Tyndall’s patients and the broader Trojan Community would not have known about Tyndall’s 30 years of sexual misconduct, and his quiet resignation that included a financial payout. This incident did not occur in isolation. In the past two years, there have been multiple reports of delayed action by USC administration following credible accusations of sexual misconduct from men employed by USC. Namely, a dean at the Keck School of Medicine , a university Vice President of Development, and a professor at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. In each of these cases, USC only admitted wrongdoing once it became evident the story would go public. We do not know how many more cases of abuse have yet to be exposed, but it is clear that the university is unwilling to confront the toxic environment for women they have cultivated over years of neglected accountability. USC has a crisis of moral leadership -- there is a trend of USC administration not holding abusers accountable, instead rewarding them with financial payouts; not treating victims with support, instead ignoring complaints; not respecting the public’s right to know of dangers in the community, instead concealing vital public health information to preserve the institution’s reputation. Students are harmed and victimized by the very hands who ought to ensure their safety. This is a sign of demonstrable negligence from the administration, and as such, we demand the Board of Trustees do the following: Put President C.L. Max Nikias on leave, as it is under his leadership that several published reports of sexual misconduct were handled inadequately. Review existing protocols for responding to sexual harassment and assault on campus to ensure that perpetrators are appropriately held accountable, victims are supported, and the community is made aware of misconduct in an appropriate and timely manner. Offer services and financial support to those who report abuse from Tyndall (85 victims reported abuse as of Provost Quick’s Memo on May 16, 2018). Issue an apology to the community and not simply a letter of admission. As USC Alumni, we do not want USC to be branded as a community that harms its own and condones sexual abuse and misconduct; we ask that USC internally reflects on such abuses of power, as they come in many forms. Tyndall and his abusive colleagues are not the only ones who must be held accountable; they exemplify a cultural problem fostered at the highest levels of the administration that is more concerned with the image of USC than the safety of its students and staff. USC must once and for all change its leadership and its policies to reflect a true desire to put its community first. In Solidarity, Concerned USC Alumni Updated May 23: Verbiage updated to reflect delayed action from USC administration for the aforementioned news of misconduct prior to Tyndall.
Petition to United Nations
Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable - Free Saudi Activists!
Saudi Arabia has arrested at least ten women’s rights activists for peacefully protesting the government’s treatment of women.Join us in demanding that the United Nations hold Saudi Arabia accountable for human rights violations.In Saudi Arabia, women are banned from driving cars and required to seek the permission of a male guardian before traveling or making any major decisions. These laws limit women’s ability to move about their communities or accomplish even basic tasks, and make them extremely vulnerable to gendered abuse. There are even cases of women being imprisoned for attempting to escape their families.These are oppressive and a violation of women’s human rights – and now activists are being arrested for standing up to them.The arrests occurred as a retaliation against activists who had challenged the driving ban, just weeks before the country was set to lift it. Now activists on the ground live in fear that there may be more arrests, and those being held have been denied access to any legal representation.The UN must use its power to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all activists being detained solely for their human rights work. Please join Women’s March Global and our Free Saudi Women Coalition in standing with Saudi women.
Petition to Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
Protect Women and Children from Ride Share Predators!
In recent years there have been hundreds of reports involving women and children being assaulted by their Uber or Lyft driver. While Uber and Lyft have background checks and even an emergency button in the app, I don't think these safeguards are enough. There needs to be a bill called, The Safer Rides Act, to prevent further victimization from happening. Under this bill these companies will have to prioritize safety of there passengers over profits by making changes to the platform. I've thought of a few ideas to make the ride share experience safer below. Let me know if you have any other ideas to add to this. Sign this petition to: Require that your id is scanned before starting a ride to ensure you're 18. Require rides to be video recorded and audited periodically or when a customer feels uncomfortable or sends in a complaint. Require an actual picture of the car that's picking you up. Raise the age limit to download the App from ages 4+ to 18. Require companies to create safe guards in there software (i.e. when user is dropped off at home they are required to enter a password within 5 minutes of there drop off, if they don't the phone will automatically alert local law enforcement. Another option could be if the ride that supposed to take 10 minutes ends up taking 25 minutes, the driver should automatically be called. If the driver doesn't answer alert law enforcement. No longer settle sexual assault crimes using non-disclosure agreements. Victims should never be silenced. Join the movement in protecting women and children from ride share predators. Please sign this petition.
Petition to Jay Inslee
Paid 4th Trimester Leave for Washington Parents
Mothers in Washington State are faced with a hard decision when it comes to having children. Every mother has enough on their mind during their pregnancy and the first months of their child's life: What hospital to have their child born at? What medical care do they want in their birth plan? Their mother-in-law wants to be in the room during the birth, how does she feel about that?Simply because we live in Washington State, (easily one of the more advanced states in technology, home of Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing), new mothers are faced with the decision of how to care for their home and newborn child once they are born.Because Washington State does not govern paid parental leave for new parents (much less adoptive parents or same sex parents) are faced with the decision of how much unpaid time off they can afford while recovering physically from child birth and any time to bond with their child.I encourage our representatives to seriously consider funding for parents to have paid parental leave in Washington State. The benefits to the parents and children are endless.I have done the research and in order for this petition to become reality I need actual signatures, online won't do it. I can email or Facebook message you the pdf for you to sign if you would like to be a part of this.Although I appreciate the support for anyone anywhere, only Washington State registered voters can sign the petition for it to move forward.
Petition to Justin Alferman, Rob Vescovo, Courtney Curtis, DaRon McGee, Dan Shaul, Gina Mitten, Doug Beck, Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House
Attack the Tampon Tax!
Periods are terrible. Everyone with a uterus knows that. Cramps. Bloating. Acne. Mood swings. Blood. The list of what makes a menstrual cycle awful goes on and on. However, there is one thing that doesn't need to be on that list: the tampon tax. Feminine hygiene products need to be exempt from sales tax for several different reasons. I've included some important ones below, but be aware that there are many more reasons to destroy the tampon tax! Menstrual products are a necessity for anyone who experiences a menstrual cycle. Women already make only about 77% of what men make. Why should women have to spend more on products they need? Sales tax on essential items, such as tampons, disproportionally affect people of color and those already struggling financially. For example, Hispanic and Latina women only make 54% of what non-Hispanic white men make. Source 1 Feminine hygiene products are considered luxury items by most lawmakers. Because of sanitary reasons, societal pressure, the stigma around menstruation, and many other reasons, freebleeding is simply not an option for many women. Therefore, menstrual products ought to be considered necessities by the law. Sales tax adds up - especially when you consider than the average women would have about 450 periods in her lifetime. That's a lot of pads to buy. Source 2 Charging sales tax for feminine hygiene products punishes women for being women. It penalizes anyone with a uterus just because they bleed once a month. The vast majority of legislators are cis men. They may have wives, they may have daughters, but in the end, most of them are unwilling to create legislation that makes menstrual products exempt from sales tax. Alternatively, these male legislators may be too uncomfortable with this issue to attempt to change things. As a young woman who will be going off to college in two years, I think a lot about finances. I know menstrual products will definitely take a chunk out of my wallet, but it doesn't have to be this way. Making feminine hygiene products exempt from sales tax is a small step for Missouri to make, but it is a big deal for women who are unemployed, struggling to make ends meet because of medical bills or student loans, or just experiencing the difficulties of being a woman. Women should not have to choose between buying food and buying tampons. This petition will be sent to Missouri lawmakers in an attempt to get them to change the tax code. In 2017, HB 841 was an introduced bill about feminine hygiene products, but it was never passed. Signing this petition will help persuade Missouri's legislators to take HB 841 and other bills like it seriously. Many of these members of the Missouri House of Representatives are going to be up for reelection in 2019, so their reactions to this petition can really affect how their constituents will vote next year. As strong, determined citizens, we can get the tampon tax abolished. Join me and help make the world a better place!