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women's safety

8 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to SRC and SSAF Working Party of WSU

Set up safe study room for domestic violence survivors and victims at WSU Liverpool campus

This petition has been created by a group of students from Western Sydney University as part of a campaign to gain support for the setup of a safe study room for students who are domestic violence victims or survivors.  What will the room look like? The room would be able to seat 20-30 students. It would have security cameras installed and one security guard nearby at all times in order for survivors and victims to feel safe at university and have a space where they can concentrate on their university work or seek help. The room would be equipped with 5 desktop computers for the convenience of students. In addition, the room would also be a place where the university counsellors can leave information on where further help can be sought. Does a similar concept already exist elsewhere? The Lisa Harnum Foundation at Castle Towers shopping centre has taken a similar action. This shopping centre in Castle Hill has set up a safe room for victims of domestic violence that is ‘discreet, safe and confidential’ (Jordan 2017). We propose that the safe room at WSU be in a similar style with no signs on the door and be located on a higher floor.  Why is this room needed? It is no secret that domestic violence is an alarming social issue with grave impacts on individuals and society. Statistics have shown that women are three times more likely to experience domestic violence than men. On average, at least one woman dies a week at the hands of a partner or former partner and one in four women have been sexually or physically abused by an intimate partner and emotionally abused by a former or current partner (Our Watch 2017). The impacts of domestic violence include economic impacts, homicide, risk of homelessness, health impacts, higher rates of suicide attempts and impacts on children (Mitchell 2011).  The impact that the proposed safe room is aiming to alleviate is the economic impact of domestic violence. By setting up a room where survivors and victims of domestic violence can feel safe to study, we are potentially assisting them in continuing their studies and as a result increasing vocational choices, which enable them to become economically independent (Crawford et al. 2010).    References: Crawford, M, Brown, KA, Walsh, K & Pullar, D 2010, ‘From domestic violence to sustainable employment’, Forum of Public Policy, vol. 2, pp.1-12.  Jordan, B 2017, ‘Sydney’s castle towers shopping centre opens safe room for domestic violence victims’, The Daily Telegraph, 1 August, viewed 29 September 2017, <http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/sydneys-castle-towers-shopping-centre-opens-safe-room-for-domestic-violence-victims/news-story/c73f6dedfcf6aca8d0258899f7c7ca53>   Mitchell, L 2011, Domestic violence in Australia-an overview of the issues, Parliament of Australia, viewed 29 September 2017, < http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2011-2012/DVAustralia#_ftn164> Our Watch 2017, Facts and Figures, viewed 29 September 2017, < https://www.ourwatch.org.au/Understanding-Violence/Facts-and-figures>    

A safer place
35 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Australian Parliament, United Nations Security Council, Australian Government

SAVE innocents lives by listing Taliban on the Terrorist Groups list.

More than 50 villagers[1] are killed by Taliban, ISIL coordinated Sar-e Pul attack. A joint operation by Taliban and ISIS/ISIL led to 'massacre[2]' of more than 50 civilians in the northern province. This is what local official says about a week ago and now what they have found in last two days were more horrifying news which were published by media around the globe include Routers, SBS Australia, and The Independent on how dozens of civilians been killed in 'brutal, inhumane way'[3]. The mass grave containing the bodies of at least 62 people was discovered by Afghan Police. "Most of the victims were beheaded[4]," according to Mr Amani. This is clearly an act of terrorism, targeting civilians include children which Taliban and ISIS has cooperate responsibility[5].  The question is, while ISIS is listed as a terrorist organisation by the Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand[6], why Taliban is yet[7] to be listed as a Terrorist organisation? Division 102 of the Criminal Code[8] provides that for an organisation to be listed as a terrorist organisation, the Attorney-General must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the organisation: is directly or indirectly engaged in, preparing, planning, or assisting in or fostering the doing of a terrorist act; oradvocates the doing of a terrorist act.For the purposes of listing a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code, the doing of a terrorist act includes the doing of a specific terrorist act, the doing of more than one terrorist act and the doing of a terrorist act, even if a terrorist act does not occur. "terrorist act " means an action or threat of action where: (a)……. (b)  the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause; and                      (c)  the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of:                               (i)  coercing, or influencing by intimidation, the government of the Commonwealth or a State, Territory or foreign country, or of part of a State, Territory or foreign country; or                              (ii)  intimidating the public or a section of the public. Has really Taliban done any terrorist act? Let see if Taliban falls within the definition of the terrorist act under Division 102 of the Criminal Code[9]. Under Division 102 of the CRIMINAL CODE ACT 1995, an organisation or a group can fall within this definition if  they are engaged with an action or threat of action where the action causes serious physical harm to a person; or causes serious damage to property; or causes a person's death; and is done with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause; and with the intention of coercing, or influencing by intimidation, the government of a foreign country or intimidating the public or a section of the public[10]. Taliban simply meets these criteria. How Taliban meets the criteria? here are some examples of Taliban attacks on civilians include Australian or other International community and organisations which caused serious damages to the local and the international property include Australian enterprises and organisation, killed civilians include Australian with the intention to advance their political, religious and ideological cause and intimidate public and international community; 1.     September 2006: Taliban’s suicide bombings and roadside attacks become more frequent and deadlier, nearly 100[11] are reported to have killed from such violence in August and September. 2.     February 2008: About 80 people are killed[12] and nearly 100 injured when a suicide bomber attacks a crowd watching dogfight near Kandahar. 3.     August 2008: As many as 15 suicide bombers backed by about 30 Taliban fighters attack a US military base, Camp Salerno, in Bamiyan. 10 French paratroopers are killed and more than 20 are wounded[13]. 4.     May 2017: a suicide bombing killed eight civilians in an attack on a convoy of NATO armoured personnel vehicles. The blast hit during the morning rush hour in one of Kabul’s busiest areas. Officials said at least 25 people were wounded. 5.     March 2017: ISIS-Taliban attacked the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital, killed more than 50 people and wounding dozens. 6.     Feb 2017: At least 20 people were killed and 41 wounded in a bomb blast outside the Supreme Court in the centre of Kabul. 7.     Jan 2017: Thirty-three people were killed and more than 70 wounded in a Taliban attack near an annexe to the Parliament. Most of the victims were parliamentary staff members. 8.     Nov 2016: a suicide attack on a crowded mosque in Kabul that killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens, its third major attack on minority Shi’ites in the Afghan capital since July. 9.     Oct 2016: At least 18 were killed in a mass shooting at a shrine of Shi’ite Muslims in Kabul. 10.  Sept 2016: A twin suicide bombing killed 35 people and wounded 103. 11.  Aug 2016: Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in a Taliban attack on the American University in Kabul. 12.  July 2016: Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan’s mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority in Kabul, killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 230[14]. Why bother, they were not Australian, right? Not quite, Taliban had targeted Australian civilians, enterprises, organisations, army personnel and interests around the world, here are some examples; 1.     Jan 2016: Taliban attacked TOLO TV founded by an Australian, killed seven and wounded more than 20 people[15]. 2.     Sept 2014: another Australian, Sayed Habib Mousawi[16], was murdered in rural Afghanistan by Taliban. 3.     Dec 2014: a distinguished Australian[17] musicologist, Dr Ahmad Sarmast, was injured in a suicide bomber attacked at the French-supported Istiqlal High School.  Why the world hesitates to declare Taliban a Terrorist Groups? The reason why isn’t Taliban on the list of terrorist groups yet, is mainly political, let examine this from the US government’s point of view. An organisation or group can be declared and listed on terrorist groups if a foreign group engaged in terrorism and threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security of the United States[18]. I assume, the world still remembers the 9/11 attack on US mainland, Although the attack was executed by Al-Qaida but Al-Qaida was hosted by Taliban in Afghanistan, therefore, Taliban provided facilities, camps and training for Al-Qaida insurgencies. This led to the US to lead an attack on Afghanistan. Taliban also had attacked US civilians and corps, as I mentioned earlier. Therefore, the Taliban meet both criteria. “Yet, political expedience has obligated keeping the group off the list of 61 organizations ranging from the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State group to the Palestinian group Hamas, experts say”. [19] Gen. John Nicholson, told that the question of whether the Taliban should be designated as a terrorist organization "is an important one for the [new] administration to consider and it will be part of our conversation with them as the weeks unfold[20]."  Is it the right time for the world to list Taliban on the terrorists’ groups? This is the question that Trump administration also asked, the world leaders yet to make a decision due to some political factors and concerns. BUT with this petition, WE can ASK them to consider this and make the world a safer place. How declaring and listing Taliban on List of Terrorist Groups would make the world safer place? Maley and Savage (2016[21]) concluded that “significant consequences flow from such listing”. According to Australian National Security[22] "Under Division 102 of the Criminal Code, it is an offence to do things such as direct the activities of, be a member of, recruit for, provide training to, receive training from or participate in training with, provide funds to or receive funds from or provide support to, a terrorist organisation. It is also an offence to associate with a member of a listed terrorist organisation in certain circumstances where such association intentionally provides support to that organisation." It follows that "information indicating links to Australia or threats to Australian interests may tend to prioritise consideration of listing a particular group as a terrorist organisation"[23]. By having the Taliban listed on the designated terrorist group, all Australian who fighting on the Taliban's side would be liable to prosecution under the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act 1978. On top of this, adding the Taliban to the terrorist organisation list would cut funding to this group and make it clear that providing funds to support the Taliban would be a serious terrorism offence. Of course, without funding Taliban won’t last long which as a result, the war against terror in Afghanistan will cost less on the world community and Australian Tax payer. UN Security Council already imposed some sanctions against the Taliban by resolutions 1988, 2082 and 2160 but it is not enough. The world must say and say it LOUD that ENOUGH is ENOUGH and having global ban and sanction on terrorists. It would make it politically easier for the world leaders to pressure foreign governments and organisations backing the Taliban. The U.S, NATO, ISAF and Afghan government have long accused Pakistan of sheltering the Taliban.  Now, we need your help to save innocents lives, the life of children and women! please sign this petition and ask your MPs and Australian Parliament to declare the Taliban as a terrorist group. If you are living overseas, please choose your country and we could provide you with a copy of petition to be delivered to your MPs or Parliament.    Source:[1] The Guardian, 06th August 2017, ‘Insurgents kill up to 50 Afghan villagers in northern province’, <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/06/insurgents-kill-up-to-50-afghan-villagers-in-northern-province>[2]Aljazeera, 07th August 2017, ‘Officials: Taliban, ISIL coordinated Sar-e Pul attack’, <http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/sar-pul-taliban-isil-joined-forces-kill-afghans-170807085258761.html>[3] The independent, ‘Dozens of civilians killed in 'brutal, inhumane way' in Afghanistan’, 7 August 2017, <http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/afghanistan-civilians-killed-brutal-inhumane-hazara-shia-isis-taliban-a7880131.html>[4] SBS News, ‘A mass grave containing the bodies of at least 36 victims, most of them beheaded, has been uncovered in a northern province of Afghanistan’, 17th August 2017, <http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/16/afghan-police-discover-mass-graves>[5] Reuters, 16th August 2017, ‘Afghan police discover mass graves after village attack’, <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-graves-idUSKCN1AW0Q6>[6] The Australian National Security, ‘Islamic State’, <https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/Listedterroristorganisations/Pages/IslamicState.aspx>[7] The Australian National Security, <https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/Listedterroristorganisations/Pages/default.aspx>[8] The Criminal Code, <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/cca1995115/sch1.html>[9] The Criminal Code, <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/cca1995115/sch1.html>[10] The Criminal Code, <http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/cca1995115/sch1.html>[11] Aljazeera, March 2009,’Timeline: Taliban in Afghanistan’, <http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009/03/2009389217640837.html>[12] Aljazeera, March 2009, ’Timeline: Taliban in Afghanistan’, <http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009/03/2009389217640837.html>[13] Aljazeera, March 2009, ’Timeline: Taliban in Afghanistan’, <http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2009/03/2009389217640837.html>[14] The Global and Mail, 31th May 2017,’A timeline of major attacks on Kabul in the past year’, <https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/major-attacks-on-kabul-in-the-past-year/article35161201/>[15] The Sydney Morning Herald, 29th Jan 2016, ‘Time for Australia to ban Taliban terrorists’, <http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-australia-to-ban-taliban-terrorists-20160129-gmgrbn.html>[16] The Sydney Morning Herald, 29th Jan 2016, ‘Time for Australia to ban Taliban terrorists’, <http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-australia-to-ban-taliban-terrorists-20160129-gmgrbn.html>[17] The Sydney Morning Herald, 29th Jan 2016, ‘Time for Australia to ban Taliban terrorists’, <http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-australia-to-ban-taliban-terrorists-20160129-gmgrbn.html>[18]Voice of America(VOA),20th Feb 2017, ‘Why Isn't Afghan Taliban on US List of Foreign Terror Groups?’, <https://www.voanews.com/a/afghan-taliban-us-list-foreign-terror-groups/3732453.html>[19]Voice of America(VOA),20th Feb 2017, ‘Why Isn't Afghan Taliban on US List of Foreign Terror Groups?’, <https://www.voanews.com/a/afghan-taliban-us-list-foreign-terror-groups/3732453.html>[20]Voice of America(VOA),20th Feb 2017, ‘Why Isn't Afghan Taliban on US List of Foreign Terror Groups?’, <https://www.voanews.com/a/afghan-taliban-us-list-foreign-terror-groups/3732453.html>[21] William Maley and David Savage, 29th Jan 2016, ‘Time for Australia to ban Taliban terrorists’, < http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-australia-to-ban-taliban-terrorists-20160129-gmgrbn.html>[22] Australian National Security, <https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/Listedterroristorganisations/Documents/Protocol%E2%80%94Listing%20terrorist%20organisations%20under%20the%20Criminal%20Code.pdf>[23] Australian National Security, <https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/Listedterroristorganisations/Documents/Protocol%E2%80%94Listing%20terrorist%20organisations%20under%20the%20Criminal%20Code.pdf>

Aziz Tekin
81 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Jacinta Allen - Victorian transport minister, Metro , Daniel Andrews, Ellen Sandell Melbourne MP

Keep girls and women safe on trains - create a female-only carriage

Women and girls, both young and old, should not have to feel uncomfortable and unsafe on trains.  On Monday evening July 31st, 2017, I boarded a metro train after work. I noticed the man directly opposite me deliberately staring at me the entire journey. He even extended his leg as though to keep me there, and began fidgeting with something in his hand. I considered changing carriages, but it was peak hour and besides, I was afraid he would follow me anyway.  I felt intimidated and and wondered if I was just imagining things, but I was not. I felt afraid and vulnerable - powerless to escape his eyes and thoughts. Worried he would follow me, I phoned my father to meet me at the station platform despite not needing a lift (as I had a car parked at the station). But I felt I needed my father there to keep me safe.  Things like this or worse happens all too often on trains. Many women face this issue - teenage girls face this issues.  True, not all men are like this, not even most men. But those few men who are make many women fearful, cautious, concerned and intimidated. Having extra police on call, or security at train stations isn't going to stop this from happening, but a female-only carriage could prevent it from happening on trains.  For any men, I know that most of you are decent respectable men and would never act this way, but imagine if it were your daughter, your sister, your wife, or your mother. How would you feel if even one man stared at them, rubbed against them or groped them on trains? These things happen, and most girls and women feel or are told it's 'just a thing females have to live with'.  Why? Because as much as people are abhorred by these men's acts, no action takes place. There is an action that is simple, and attainable that can take place. I want to raise this petition; to create a female-only carriage on all trains. To give girls and women the freedom to choose to feel safe. A safe haven they can go to if they feel concerned.  It won't affect how much space trains can allow for men and women to travel, it just means that it will be arranged differently - in fact, it should create more space in most carriages as some of the women who would ordinarily sit down would prefer to stand if it means they can at least be in a safer environment. I for one, would surely do just that.  I hate feeling like I can't do anything about our circumstances, but this petition gives all us women the chance to feel safer on trains. This attainable change would have a huge impact on the way we - your daughters, mothers, wives and sisters - would feel about using trains to get to work, school or home.  HOW MANY MORE? How many more teenaged girls and adult women have to come home and cower and cry after sexual harassment on public transport?How many more have to have showers and wrap themselves in blankets at home trying to forget the thoughts and touch from the man who sexually harassed or assaulted them?How many more have to consider ending their own lives (and many do consider it) because the feeling they experienced won't go away?How many more have to fear public transport?How many more have to feel vulnerable?How many more have to feel paranoid about a guy sitting next to the because they don't know if they are good or not?How many more?When will it end? QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS What message does this send to them? Shouldn't we just deal with the perpetrators?Answer : It actually says women don't feel safe. It doesn't mean they can act terribly on other carriages. If they think that, they are going to act this way regardless. You can't deal with 'perpetrators' because there is never enough 'evidence'. If some weird guy stares at woman or imagines himself with her in a sexual way, or groans weirdly, if a girl calls security or police and tells them she just could 'tell' what he was thinking and doing, what do you think will happen? Nothing. Why not leave things as they are? Aren't these just rare anomalies?Answer: No, they are not rare. Believe it or not, this happens to the majority of women who use public transport, not necessarily rape (that is rare) but man glaring at women, inappropriate staring, groaning, imagining sex with the female, groping them, pinching their butt, rubbing against them, hovering over them, stalking, muttering under breath, wolf whistling. You go into a group of fifty men at various ages, if you asked, how many will say they have been sexually harassed or were worried that it could happen to them on public transport in any of these ways. Probably none, although exceptions may have one or two. You go into into a group of fifty women and ask them the same thing, how many will say they have had these things happen or worried it could happen? 3-4 might say it openly, and then later in private discussions you find out from them that 30 of the women had felt these experiences. Nothing can be done unless they were practically raped. Should this be left like this? What is really the priority? That men should be allowed on any carriage they choose, or that women feel safer using public transport? The feelings caused by these experiences often don't leave for days or weeks. Why do we have to suffer because men are worried one small right is taken away from them. It's not like it decreases the space in carriages in fact it will increase them. This issue can't be left alone. Just because women shouldn't have to feel like they have to be careful on trains doesn't make it reality. Reality is there are enough guys who are sick-minded and not enough good guys who see this and respond and protect the girl, that sexual harassment is a part of public transport for women, unless something is done about, and the only thing that can really be done (unless you want to jail anyone who even looks at a girl weirdly) is to make a female-only train carriage. Deal with the bigger problem, and then try and deal with the smaller ones afterwards. Won't CCTV footage help catch perpetrators?Answer: CCTV footage won't deter men from rubbing against women in a packed train, and it won't condemn them either as in a packed train the cameras can't see the exact incident with such close proximity between the people on the train. It won't stop them staring indecently, worst punishment you may be able to give is maybe a fine, but that probably won't be justified anyway - not strong enough evidence of his motives. Females often feel so put-out by their experience they often don't have the courage to lay charges or ask someone to review the footage. Will this only help women and bring down men?Answer: Almost every man has either a daughter, sister, wife or mother. Surely they would feel sick just thinking that someone would sexually harass one of them, because they care about them. So it helps men too, to feel better about the females they care about. It also creates more seats for men to sit in carriages, as many women who would ordinarily sit down, would prefer to stand in the women only carriage than to sit in one that isn't. Isn't this just gender segregation, like colour segregation?Answer: No. Colour segregation was in truth nothing to do with reality, but rather myth, due to their lack of human reasoning for mere reason of feeling like they were somehow above someone else, worthy of a seat. They were feared because they were different. Here, only a few men are feared, but there are enough of them to affect the majority of women. Women are literally built defenceless, they are vulnerable (despite what some might otherwise claim) and they are seen as objects to some men. This is women only carriage idea is in the interest of keeping women safe (unlike colour segregation - where is was about maintaining power and control over another race).Think of it like restrooms. Do we say "oh is it gender-segregation that we have ladies and men separate?" Why don't we? Because some men might abuse the restrooms to take advantage of the women, or take footage of them, or so on. Because it's a private task?Perhaps to some degree, taking transport should be considered a private task. A woman is on their own, doing something necessary, minding their own business, and one man decides he can take advantage of her. It's wrong on so many levels, and a ladies carriage could fix that. If situations were reversed, and it were the men in majority who were being sexually harassed, I'm sure there would have been a men's only carriage adapted. The problem is men think, I'm a decent guy, I don't act like this, my friends don't act like this, women are just other people like us blokes. Sure, they're weaker, but this whole just isn't really a problem, not that bigger problem anyway. Men are pretty good, these women are trying to make us look bad, they're blaming us. But they don't see the big picture. We know there are plenty of 'decent blokes' but we can't deny the facts that there are more cases of women being sexually harassed by men than the reverse. The fact is, if there is going to be sexual harassment on a train, there is a 98% chance it's going to be a guy causing the problem on the girl/woman. These things happen regularly, because it only takes one bad person to cause sexual harassment.

Dallas Farrell
15 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Attorney-General George Brandis, Minister for Women Tanya Davies, Justice Hon Michael Keenan MP

Help Take 5 put victims of domestic violence in control!

A piece of paper isn’t enough to keep domestic violence victims safe. Since Sydney mum-of-four Jean Lennon was shot and killed by her ex-husband on the steps of the Family Law Court 21 years ago, with an AVO document in her hand, not much has been done to save victims’ lives.  On average one Aussie woman dies each week at the hands of a partner or an ex. Almost one quarter of these victims had already taken out an AVO against their murderer. This is a national disgrace. Here at Take 5 magazine we're demanding the government do more to keep women safe. We've demanded tougher sentences and imprisonment for violent offenders who breach an AVO. But that alone isn't enough. And the technology exists to better protect women and warn them that they are in danger. The NSW government is currently leading the way on GPS tracking with a system being trialled which has the option to alert victims, as well as police, when an abuser breaches a pre-set radius. These GPS tracking units, in the form of an anklet, are worn by violent abusers at high risk of reoffending. The victim carries a device in her handbag that is used to call her if the monitoring centre believes she is in any danger, such as if the abuser goes within any pre-set distance of his victim. But the victim alert isn’t always used in NSW and nationally we need to do better. We want this system to be rolled out for all high risk offenders for sentencing, bail and parole and all victims need the option to receive this device. This system is currently being used internationally in countries such as Spain, Portugal and UK. In Spain, to date, 800 couples have taken part in the program over a 10-year period and in that time the country’s high rate of domestic violence deaths dropped to zero. These victims deserve to know if the man who attacked them is near so they can take action and be empowered to make their own decisions. She deserves the chance to take control.  This GPS system that notifies both authorities and victims has saved lives so we're demanding our government give it a go. We're sending this petition to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Attorney General Brandis, Justice Hon Michael Keenan MP and Minister for Women Tanya Davies. Please sign it to show them you won’t stand to see more women killed at the hands of their current or ex partners. Enough is enough.

Take 5 magazine
1,337 supporters