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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
279,362 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Thomas Miller, Michael Busch

End Parental Rights of Rapists in Maryland!

Tell the Maryland General Assembly to make the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act a priority bill if there is a 2017 Special Session. For the ninth time, Maryland lawmakers have failed to pass a bill enabling a rape victim who becomes pregnant through rape to terminate the parental rights of her rapist. Please sign this petition to Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch demanding that any 2017 Special Session include passage of the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act. Let the leadership know that Marylanders unequivocally support giving rape victims the power to end the parental rights of their rapist and #WomenAreWatching.   By signing this petition you are sending this message: Dear President Miller and Speaker Busch:             The failure of the General Assembly to pass the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act for the ninth time is a disgrace. This legislation has bipartisan support and the support of a majority of the Senate and House. It is supported by Attorney General Brian Frosh and a multitude of organizations from across the political spectrum including Women Legislators of Maryland, Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Maryland Catholic Conference, Planned Parenthood, NARAL-MD, MD Chapter of National Association of Social Workers and the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women.              Thank you for your past efforts to move this bill forward, but after nine sessions the time has come to prioritize this legislation. We demand that Senate and House leadership include passage of the Rape Survivor Family Protection Act in any Special Session that may be held this year. If that opportunity does not arise, we demand that this legislation be the top priority of the 2018 legislative session and the bill is not allowed to fail again.  

Lynn Olson
122 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Lorraine Sterritt

Thy Virgin Trees Stand Tall: Academy Alumnae In Support of Salem Sits Movement

The Alumnae of Salem Academy care to express our support for the “Salem Sits Movement”. We applaud the women of “Salem Sits” for their clarity in vision, self-determination and sense of unity.  We believe in a Salem that provides a profound foundation for women of excellence. Our concern lies in the inferior conditions that our sisters on the western hill have brought to our attention. Causes For Concern Since it’s inception, Salem has grounded herself in building a community that is especially equipped for women’s needs. We also pride ourselves, based on Salem’s Moravian values, on being pioneers in fair treatment for all people and in women’s education.  We are saddened that Wellesley and Barnard, though upstanding institutions in their own right, have to be cited as the precedents for establishing non-gender biased policies.  Salem, founded a full 100 years earlier than Wellesley, should be leading women’s education. Yet we have sat idle, building a slippery slope that can only be resolved through progressive action.  Traditions at Salem should be those of Lovefeast and Founder’s Day where we celebrate the legacy of Moravian values. Instead, new traditions have been created like regularly missing class due to food poisoning and a discriminatory and belittling collegiate environment. This all makes for a far cry from the College’s motto of “Knowledge and Virtue”. Recommended Actions We, too, believe that all members of the Salem community, including, but not limited to, faculty, staff, board and trustees, are to be held to the same high ethical standard that is mandated within The Honor Code. The obligation to purchase a meal plan, while a seemingly good way to ensure that students will be fed throughout the semester, forces students to eat food that may not best suit their dietary needs and can cause additional financial burden on college students who may already be plagued with the high costs of higher education.. Requiring students to invest in a program from which they get no dividends is unjust. We ask that you hold all vendors up to moral standard and consider more contracts with women/minority-owned business in order to economically empower women inside and outside of the Salem community.  We welcome and support Salem Sisters of all gender identities. As many of us grow disillusioned from our political leaders, may Salem lead by example and provide a stronger connection between the students and the governing board. This helps to ensure the institutions’ interests are aligned with those of the students. In addition, it would be in the College’s best interest to be transparent in how these individuals are selected to eliminate as many conflicts of interests as possible.   We hold the Salem Academy & College administration accountible for the course of action President Sterritt has outlined in her official response to the movement.  Consequences We demand transparency throughout this process. If the administration fails to follow through with their outlined actions, our beloved institution has the potential to undo the legacy that 245 years of educational excellence could only build. The financial consequences range from: code violations, enrollment shrinkage to decreased alumnae support. The reputation of our school and the well-being of our Sisters, of all genders, are at stake. The women of “Salem Sits” are standing in the same spirit of bravado as those sixteen girls and women who walked more than 500 miles from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As Salem sits, we stand. Standing on the shoulders of Sister O as she smiles at the initiative and self-worth this movement demonstrates.  Let us walk together as we work to ensure that the beauty of thy heritage, forever shall endure.

Abrea Armstrong
12 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to C. L. Nikias

USC President C. L. Nikias: Women in Engineering Matter.

The number of women in engineering in the U.S. has not increased since the early 2000s and only 12 percent of engineers are women. Nathalie Gosset is one of them. She is an engineer with a distinguished 30-year career. She recently worked for 12 years at USC at the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California.   She trusted that the USC Human Resources representative would follow protocol when she alleged a bullying attack and intense sexual language from the Executive Director of the Alfred E. Mann Institute at USC. Instead, her job was eliminated and she was terminated. President C.L. Nikias, we ask you that you do what is right and act with integrity. This case matters to many who #stand4Nat. Nathalie is appreciated and respected by thousands of engineers, both men and women, who know Nathalie because of her volunteer work with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Her contributions have been honored with many prestigious engineering awards. For instance, she received a Global Lifetime Achievement award for her outreach work in biomedical engineering from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. The American Association of University Women, an organization with more than 80,000 members, is also in support of her case. She is a role model of a woman in a STEM profession. Nathalie stands with strong credibility for her work in inspiring future generations of women in technical professions. Many female students of middle school and high schools engage in STEM activities because of her encouragement. Nathalie deserves a respectful handling of her case. Therefore, President C.L. Nikias, we petition you to do what is right for STEM women and handle Nathalie Gosset’s case with integrity.

Sherisse Hughes
2,414 supporters