Women Safety

63 petitions

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Petition to Smt. V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy, Smt. D. Divya, I.A.S

Women & Child Dev Dept: Launch an Audit to assess Workplace Sexual Harassment in Telangana

Growing up, watching my mother struggling through her troubled marriage, I assumed that her powerlessness originated from her poor access to education and lack of financial independence. But here I am, a postgraduate, feeling utterly powerless after suffering harassment at my previous workplace. I was at the receiving end of unwelcome physical, verbal and non-verbal conduct by a senior, and was torn between standing up for myself and staying silent. I feared that I’d be called a trouble-maker if I speak up; my fear won after all. I was angry, frustrated and felt helpless. Questions like ‘Why did this happen to me?’, ‘What did I do?’, ‘What about my agency?’ kept haunting me. I carried the burden of these questions until I was told that my behavioral patterns were in line with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms. It was then that I decided that I will not question the fairness of events anymore. In this light, began my quest for understanding the prevalence of sexual harassment, how it is perceived, and dealt with. According to a survey conducted by Stop Street Harassment in 2018, 81% of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment. The pervasiveness of sexual harassment was overwhelming yet unsurprising. However, the sheer lack of active mechanisms to tackle sexual harassment, and how it gets normalized as a part of our lives was startling, to say the least.   Trying to figure out the steps to report sexual harassment, I came across the legal provisions to curb harassment at workplaces and the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplaces Act, 2013. In my research on the likelihood of victims obtaining justice through the POSH Act, I became aware of the appalling reality. Even after eight years of the enactment of the POSH Act in India, there’s hardly any data on its implementation and the available statistics are disparate and scattered.  Although the act mandates that “the appropriate Government shall monitor the implementation of this Act and maintain data on the number of cases filed and disposed of in respect of all cases of sexual harassment at workplace”, there’s no centralized data repository by the Govt as of now. We don’t have information not just on the national prevalence of sexual harassment, but also regarding the number of companies and districts complying with the guidelines, and the number of cases received and their outcomes. Generally, lack of data can be misused to suggest the absence of a phenomenon, and in this case, it can result in grave injustice to the women who suffered harassment. As per an online survey with over 28,000 participants, 78% of women victims of sexual harassment in India don't report the crime at workplaces; reasons include stigma, lack of awareness, fear of retribution, and lack of faith in the system. While raising awareness and gender-sensitization can help women make use of the legal provisions, better quality data can aid analyze the trends and contribute to the standard operating procedures, which in turn will lead to better implementation.  Making information available to the public reinstates their faith that a law is effective, and working. Data is a key aspect of Democracy! 95% of India’s female workforce is employed in the informal sector. When educated women like myself are unable to access the law and not clear about the institutional processes, it isn’t hard to imagine how exclusionary this law can be for women in the informal sector. Such extreme inefficiency in the implementation of an act - even after eight years of its existence -will make women completely lose faith in the system. This should not happen. We therefore demand this information. We request the WDCW Department and the Government of Telangana to issue an order for a third-party audit to evaluate the implementation of the POSH Act by December 2021. In a patriarchal world - created by, and for men - it’s not a coincidence that we feel powerless and helpless when we’re riding against the tide. India’s female labour force participation rate is the lowest in South Asia. It declined from 30.27% in 1990 to 20.8% in 2019. A key factor in this decline is questionable-safety for women in workplaces. Increasing female labour force participation by 10% points could add $770 billion to India’s GDP by 2025. It is therefore high time that compliance to POSH Act is taken seriously. A comprehensive audit showing the actual realities could lead the government to take stringent measures.

Vindhya Priyanka
514 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to People of Pakistan, Supreme Court of Pakistan, International Human Rights Community, President of the United States, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Prime Minister Imran Khan

Justice for Noor Mukadam

We the friends, family of Noor Mukaddam and concerned citizens of Pakistan, demand justice for the brutal murder of our Noor at the hands of Zahir Jaffer son of business tycoon Zakir Jaffer of Ahmed Jaffer and Company and therapist Asmat Adamjee. Noor Mukadam, the daughter of Shaukat Mukaddam, ex Ambasssador to South Korea, was murdered at Zahir Jaffer’s residence in Islamabad’s upscale Sector F-7/4 on Tuesday 20 July, 2021. Noor and Zahir were childhood friends, and Zahir upon expressing his romantic interest and having been rejected by Noor, exacted his revenge. He called Noor on the pretext of speaking to her one last time before he moved to the US, and Noor ever trusting and kind, obliged to meet on the afternoon of Chaand Raat. At that point, Zahir took her in and held her hostage at gun point, and brutally murdered and decapitated her. Reports indicate another person was also critically injured when trying to restrain Zahir Jaffer. The Police confirmed that Zahir Jaffer showed no remorse and was fully in his senses at the time. Zahir Jaffer has a history of violent abuse, and as per reports he was deported from the UK for rape. Rather than keeping him away his family put him at the helm of his company business, the Ahmed Jaffer and Company, as its Chief Brand Strategist. He also was licensed as a therapist, by Therapyworks who didn’t vet him, and paved the way for him offering counselling sessions at school. Zahir Jaffer’s family and his economic privilege hid the dangerous criminal it had been harboring. Zahir Jaffer was abusive towards Noor, towards women, and is an abusive and violent human being. He was able to operate freely because of his family’s wealth and influence. He committed this crime because he felt that he could evade the law. Noor was an artist, she was pursuing a degree in International Relations. She had recently been commissioned her first paid mural, which she will never get the chance to finish. She was adored by her friends and family. She was a ray of light, and her loss has left the world a darker place. She strove for women’s right and championed them. She loved animals, and would took care of them. She was the kindest, and gentlest among us, and that was exploited by her murderer Zahir Jaffer. We demand that the Supreme Court of Pakistan, International Human Rights Comission and Prime Minister Imran Khan bring justice for Noor Mukaddam. We urge: * Put Zahir Jaffer and Family on the Exit Control List.* Hold Zahir family accountable for knowing all facts and enabling Zahir Jaffer* To provide swift justice to Noor Mukaddam and punish Zahir Jaffer, to make an example out of him* To provide justice to Saima Raza and QuaratulAin Umar, and any victims of the rampant femicide in Pakistan* We urge the US government to not harbour Zahir Jaffer and not let him set foot on US territory For long the elite in Pakistan have abused their power to commit horrific crimes and escape punishment. We hope that Zahir Jaffer’s punishment at the hands of law has the potential to turn the tide of judicial evasionand hold perpetrators of violence responsible. We demand justice. We demand it swiftly. We demand it for Noor. We demand it for all women. We couldn’t save her while she lived, but your contribution will help make sure that we can at least take this to its rightful end.

Goher Munir
134,404 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to PM Narendra Modi, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Prof. Dr. Ajay Kumar Ray, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Harsh Vardhan, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Mamata Banerjee

Construction of Ladies' Washrooms for female students in Government Colleges

Even in this brimming 21st century in colleges like Calcutta National Medical College, a reputed government medical college, there is no ladies' washroom. Girls' either have to hold their physiological excretion demands or have to perform it in gents' washrooms which are also available in few corners of the college, and it is obvious that these both actions are extremely harmful for the girls. My rightful demand is- are women not human beings, do they do not have the right to even have the basic necessities while studying in an institution? Or is this a way of saying that women are supposed to stay at home and do not deserve to enter into prestigious professions like medicine because these are for men. It is been over 70 years that this college of mine is established and still nobody thought about making up even a single ladies' washroom. Shame on the society, shame on being Indian if this continues. This petition is a voice for all those girls and their family members who are suffering because of the absence of washrooms both physically and psychologically and whenever tries to speak up about it, gets a harsh comeback by people above, so in fear and sense of prioritizing education over harmful battles with people of no conscience, stays silent.

Srimoyee Das
1,281 supporters