Petition Tag - women

31. Overturn Abortion insurance law in Michigan

A new law has been passed in the state of michigan requires women to purchase additional insurance for elective abortions including in cases of rape or incest.

The law states that health care insurance will no longer cover abortions in this case even if it is a danger to a womens emotional/mental and physical health.

Each women should have the right to chose how she deals with an unwanted pregnancy.

32. Australia cancels gay marriage law: petition cancelling the wearing of pants by women.

Australia's high court has overturned the country's first law allowing same-sex marriage, less than a week after it came into force.

So, in the book of Deuteronomy (23:17) it says that gays are an abomination. That's all very well, we respect Jews, Muslims and Christians and their rules, as stipulated in their Holy Books.

It also says, just before that (22:5), that women are not to wear pants. I hereby call on the Australian government to ban women from wearing pants.

33. Woman Brutally Tortured and Left to Die - Moist Eyes Awaits Justice

On 22nd November, 2013 she boarded a vehicle to pick her 6 year daughter up from the school. Four men present in the vehicle attempted to rape her. The initial news that surfaced suggested that she was raped. However, the autopsy report counters this claim.

Despite this fact, the condition in which her body was found suggests that there might have been attempts to gang rape her. The brutes, having failed to succeed in their evil desire, brutally tortured the girl and inflicted severe injuries on her head and neck. She was finally thrown out of the running vehicle merely 100 metres away from the nearest police station. Everything happened in broad daylight.

There seems to be inefficiencies in the police investigation. The vehicle where the crime was reportedly committed has still not been located. The incident happened in a small district town of Lakhimpur in Assam and a few such vehicles operate in the area. There is crucial forensic evidence in the vehicle and delays in locating it risks the evidence being destroyed. It has been more than 10 days now and no credible arrests have been made.

The Assam Police is coming out with various possibilities of murder and accident to cover up for its gross failure to make any credible arrests and locate the vehicle. They have also resorted to Character Assassination based on the statement of a person that was arrested and then later released. It can only be hoped that the Assam Police has not forced the person to confess having illicit relationship with the deceased. Assam has witnessed quite a number of such incidents in the past. The repeated failure of the government to deliver justice in the wake of the elections ahead seem to put the police under tremendous pressure to make the case look like an accident or a murder. The possibility of a political puppet investigation cannot be ruled out. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the government seems to be running a puppet show.

Even if it was a planned murder, it is imperative that the culprits are apprehended. The fact that her injuries were very horrendous cannot be ignored and such a horrific crime cannot be tolerated. Failure to nab the culprits will simply mean encouragement to other anti social elements.

The incident was widely covered by press and media.
Below are a few links:

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1131126/jsp/northeast/story_17613101.jsp#.Upm2YMRdV2E

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/11/28/india-assam-lakhimpur-gangrape-idINDEE9AR0CU20131128

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-11-27/guwahati/44519031_1_assam-state-commission-meera-barooah-autorickshaw

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/assam-protest-continues-over-lakhimpur-gangrape-incident/436786-3-251.html

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-lakhimpur-case-sit-formed-postmortem-report-says-no-rape-1926251

34. Prevent Zimbabwean Women from being forced to stop bathing, shave their heads and become 'unattractive' for the sake of reducing HIV

"A Zimbabwean Politician says women should be forced to bathe less and shave off their hair to make them less attractive to men and help curb the spread of HIV."

This is one of the latest statements made by Senator Morgan Femai, who is trying to implement new laws that will compel women to make themselves less attractive in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Please sign this petition to help save the lives, humiliation, safety and sanity of these poor women that will be subject to horrific acts of cruelty. It is this kind of bizarre and disgusting opinion that is contributing to the discrimination of women, by inflicting blame and punishment on them by naming them the cause of HIV.

In a region where HIV and Aids are so rife, I fear such uneducated and preposterous remarks will put the lives of women at risk, possibly contributing to more rapes and violence as women are stigmatized to be the cause of such devastating diseases.

Please help act now before allowing time for anything to come by this.

I thank you for your time and contribution - Help Today, you could save a life!

35. Support Compassionate Education

I was just doing good on the Internet (signing petitions, using Goodsearch, etc) when I had a brilliant idea; a new school subject that would be about teaching kids and, possibly, other youngsters as well about helping others.

I have decided to refer to it as "Compassionate Education" or "C.E" and I would like it to include lessons about the following;

1. Animals and being kind to them and how and why we should all help to fight animal cruelty.

2. Poverty and how and why we should help solve it and help ensure that as many poor people as possible have access to enough good water, good food, good education, etc.

3. The environment and why and how we should all work to protect and care for Earth.

4. Prejudice and bullying and why we should all work to help stop (or at least reduce) these things.

5. Genocide and other human rights abuses and why and how we should all work to help prevent this sort of thing from happening and fight against any human rights abuses that may be going on in the world at any one time.

6. Illnesses, such as cancer, and how and why we should all help to prevent them, without the use of animal testing.

Education helped beat bull-baiting. Education helped ban slavery, and education WILL help us to beat other things such as poverty, animal cruelty, human rights abuses, the damage that humans are doing to the planet and serious illnesses.

36. Requesting a Pardon from President Barack Obama for Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of a toddler and 11-year-old twins. She had claimed self-defense, tried to invoke Florida's "stand your ground" law and rejected plea deals that could have gotten her a much shorter sentence. A jury found her guilty as charged: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Because she fired a gun while committing a felony, Florida's mandatory-minimum gun law dictated the 20-year sentence.

The state's "10-20-life" law was implemented in 1999 and credited with helping to lower the violent crime rate. Anyone who shows a gun in the commission of certain felonies gets an automatic 10 years in prison. Fire the gun, and it's an automatic 20 years. Shoot and wound someone, and it's 25 years to life.

Alexander's case unfair. "Stand your ground" law did not apply for her, and she felt her life was on the line.

37. TAKE FAST AND LOUD and Naked and Afraid OFF DISCOVERY CHANNEL

The discovery channel was a safe channel for all to be entertained and learn from when we were younger.

However, due to the network's poor choice in judgement it is tainted with material that is offensive and unsuitable for viewers who have a higher moral standard.

Shows like "Fast n Loud," "Naked and Afraid," and "Warlocks Rising" have flooded our tv at all viewing times (the am and pm) with support for murder, sexism, womanising, nudity, scantly clad women, and delinquency.

38. Free Birth Control and Health Screenings for the Uninsured Woman

Family planning has come a long way… “Beginning Aug. 1, 2012, all private insurance plans will be required to cover women's preventive services without a co-pay or deductible. The move is intended to help women have the chance to stop health problems before they start.

Beginning one year from today (which will be Jan 2013) will be co-pay or deductible-free well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, breast-feeding support, domestic violence screening and all FDA approved birth control methods -- including emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill.”(Pereira)

My proposal is to get another bill passed that looks just like this one, only it’s for the uninsured woman.

39. End poverty of mothers & children. Recognize caregiving work. Support the RISE Act and Reintroduction of the WORK Act.


  • 21.6% of US children live in poverty, more than in any other major industrialized country.
  • Mothers are the primary caregivers everywhere in the world, working to ensure the survival and wellbeing of children, families and communities.
  • Instead of recognition and support, mothers (and others with primary care responsibilities) are deprived of income and resources for this work.
  • Since Welfare Reform (TANF) was introduced in 1996, mothers must do unpaid work to ‘earn’ their benefits (Workfare).
  • Wealthy mothers can choose to raise their children full-time, mothers on Workfare must leave their children, even without childcare, or lose their benefits.
  • Workfare bypasses the minimum wage and drives down all wages, especially women’s, increasing the wage gap between women and men.
  • When mothers’ caregiving work is devalued, the children being cared for are devalued.
  • Only 36% of welfare money now goes to support families; the rest goes to state bureaucracy, and to remove children from their low-income mothers.
  • Breastfeeding among welfare mothers has decreased by 22%, and in Wisconsin, the first to introduce Welfare Reform, infant mortality has increased by 11%, and by 37% in Milwaukee's African American community.

40. Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers.

Mothers are the primary carers everywhere in the world. Caring for children, sick, disabled and elderly people is work vital to society.

Carers are impoverished. Income Support is being abolished. Child Benefit, society’s commitment to children, is no longer universal. Carer’s Allowance is insultingly low and most carers don’t even qualify. 200,000 care workers are denied the minimum wage.

When mothers are impoverished, children suffer: hunger, ill-health, and more often taken into care.

Mothers are told they are ‘workless’ and that earning is more important than caring. They are pushed into jobs regardless of hours, pay or childcare provision. The right to have children is being challenged.

Mothers are forced into unpaid work to ‘earn’ their benefits (‘workfare’). ‘Workfare’ bypasses the minimum wage, driving down all wages, especially women’s, and undermining pay equity.

Having to fit caring around jobs results in overwork, exhaustion and ill-health. Grandparents must often leave retirement to help.

Employed mothers (or fathers) who take time off to care for children or relatives, lose pay, promotion and future pension.

When caring work is devalued, people, relationships and life itself are devalued. The result is inequity and social neglect, but also environmental destruction and war.

Demanding time and resources for caring aims to redirect economic and social policies towards people and the planet, and away from the uncaring market.

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41. Boycott Bratz

We are two female college undergraduates who are extremely concerned by the growing “overtly-sexualized” imagery presented to young girls, especially as embodied through Bratz dolls.

Bratz dolls embody a hyper-sexualized portrayal of young girls—big eyes, scantily clad, plumped limps, heavy makeup, long flowing hair, eyelash extensions.

The hyper-sexual Bratz dolls are problematic because:

1. Sexualization has been linked with the three most common mental health problems for girls and women: eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression.

2. With the development new digital platforms, mass mediated images are being distributed on a much wider scale than ever before and the constant exposure to such images negatively affects the way in which young girls view themselves and the role they should occupy in society.

3. Such sexualized portrayals of girls has wider societal effects in the way that others, such as the adult shoppers, view girls –leading to increased sexual harassment and sexual violence as well as demands of child pornography (Report of the APA task force on the sexualization of girls, 2006).

We need strong girls who will grow into strong women – beaming with self-confidence, wit, intelligence, a sense of adventure, but most importantly a sense of self. Therefore, we should be demanding toys that promote such growth.

42. Pledge peace in Kenya and the World

I want to live in a world where children can go to school without fear of violence.

Where journalists are not threatened for reporting on human rights abuses.

Where people from different backgrounds use dialogue rather than violence.

Where police can be trusted to protect citizens.

Where families are not forced to flee their homes.

43. Maimuna Must Stay. Asylum Now, Not FGM!

Maimuna Must Stay!

Grant Asylum Now – FGM is torture – stop deporting women into the hands of their oppressors.

Maimuna Jawo, from The Gambia, is a committed fighter for women’s rights, and a leader in the Movement for Justice. Back home she is the next in line to follow her mother and grandmother in the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) – circumcision - after her mother died prematurely. Maimuna made the bold decision to leave the country because it was the only way she to make sure she could not be forced to carry out FGM on the girls and young women of her village. While Maimuna is gone, the village elders have no one to do FGM, and a long list of girls are being saved from the torture of being blindfolded, and fully conscious, while their gentials are cut away.

Stopped from going to school, she was given no choice about her future. For years she had to assist and witness cutting - it is a torture that she refuses to carry out.

The British government equalities minister speaking in July 2012 stated: 'Female Genital Mutilation is an abhorrent crime and we are very clear that those found to practice it should feel the full force of the law. As a government, we are also working with UK and international agencies to help prevent women and girls being subjected to this horrific practice.'
The Home Office website declares 'In the UK, it is estimated that up to 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation.'

YET Maimuna – a would-be practitioner who is preventing FGM by refusing to do it – has been denied asylum, brushed off, and could soon be sent back, at the discretion of the British Home Office, to be forced to cut girls putting more lives at risk.

Maimuna has prevented FGM in the most effective way possible because she has removed the option of FGM and strengthened every woman who did not want FGM for themselves or their daughter. When Maimuna went to the UKBA to claim asylum they immediately detained her, rushed her case through on fast-track in a constant state of vulnerability without any realistic chance to gather evidence, and with no serious attention to the truth about FGM, or how it is done, or the society in which it is carried out, Maimuna’s case was refused in a month. The Judge at appeal referred to the clothes Maimuna wore in her passport photo as being proof against her while a letter of threat from the village elders demanding Maimuna return was dismissed.

The elders – the drivers of FGM are absolutely serious about protecting and continuing the practice in a changing world. For them to get women who have experienced the torture themselves to keep bringing their daughters forward, they must provide a practitioner who belongs and is accountable to the village and tribe, has trained for many years, and is therefore trusted by the mothers. Anything less would provide a reason to refuse FGM. Those who are ambivalent could firmly refuse FGM without invoking the problems they would face by objecting directly. Losing the confidence of the mothers in their practitioner endangers the practice itself.

Maimuna’s absence is a problem the elders have tried to solve by increasing threats of punishment and harassment of her family. If sent back to The Gambia she would have to face the elders again, and no police or state body would protect a defiant woman who has gone against her elders – this would undermine the system. The elders are the source of authority in the villages and tribes, they settle the disputes, they are the law, and if they cannot force her to give in, they could kill her.

44. FREE ADERONKE - Yarl's Wood freedom fighter

Enough is enough! Aderonke Apata is a leader and fighter for women from all over the world and we stand together.

With a deep belief and care for the rights of women to liberty, dignity and respect, Aderonke - a lesbian woman from Nigeria - helped women know how to fight for their rights in Yarl’s Wood. A group of gay women including Aderonke, started a Movement for Justice group to bring women together – lesbian and straight – to tell the world the truth about the brutality of detention, the denial of justice, the mental torture, the lack of real healthcare.

In October 2012 the women witnessed a detainee (Chirstine N) being dragged by male guards screaming and naked through the corridors to be deported. It lead to a protest, in which the a mass meeting was called in the canteen, and Adreonke read out the demands the MFJ group had drafted. The demands told about the terrible conditions in Yarl's Wood, the lack of justice, and added the demand for Christine's return from the airport, and were voted for unanimously. Women in the canteen, and more who were held in the corridors outside - over 200 - took this stand for the dignity and humanity of all.

Aderonke has since been beaten, and moved to a prison on no charge, to separate her from the other women and disrupt their unity.

In Yarl’s Wood there are women of every background: gay and straight, young and old, disabled or ill, pregnant, trafficked, raped, tortured, beaten, forced into marriage, mothers and grand mothers. Being sent back to home countries means being sent into the hands of oppressors and abusers, it is a death sentence.

45. Change the website "God hates Goths"

"God hates Goths" may well be a joke site, but there is still some risk of someone taking it seriously and/or using those sorts of hate language when around the people whom it could offend.

There is a disclaimer about how it is a satire at one place in the site, but I think that they should really put a disclaimer of some sort on every page, ideally at the top of every page. That way, anyone who happens to get on to any of its pages will know that this is a satirical joke and they should not take it seriously.

"The greatest threat to today's society is the rise of the gothic subculture. Goth is a sinister and violent subculture obsessed with Satanism, Wicca, Vampirism, BDSM, rape, child abuse, Hitler, bondage, sick sexual perversions, serial killers, death, drugs, self mutilation and other sick practices to vile to mention. Goth's are the Devil's Children. In my opinion, Goths are more dangerous to children than pedophiles"

“So let's be straight here. Goths are the lowest form of human trash that has ever crawled upon this good clean earth. 'Garbage people' I call them, and I can assure you that is what they are. Freaks who worship the Devil, who take drugs and molest children, who have pre-marrital sex, who whore themselves, who are obsessed with Vampirism, and abuse handicapped kids, who promote cross-dressing and underaged homosexuality, who behave like wild violent animals that need to be put down, who cut themselves and try to get others to self harm, degrade themselves and attempt suicide and think it is acceptable behaviour. I rate them as detestable as those worthless cerebal palsy retarded creatures they plant at the entrance to Walmart, to welcome shoppers.” "Duuu... welllcuummm... too... wullmart... Duuuuu...". “Because let's face facts here, they are equally as pathetic and repulsive.”

“See, we are at war here. War against the Hell that Earth is becoming. Crack addicted children on the streets, the whores, vampires, Goths, the mentally handicapped, retarded demons with spina bifida and cerebal palsy, mongeloids that behave like wild animals that are prone to sexually gratifying themselves in public, pathetic excuses for humans with brains like dogs, and homosexuals. What kind of a world is this ? That fags can marry and spread their disease ridden seed ? That is why send Aids to cure their kind. Why even now God is preparing for war. Why he sent the Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and why he will send many many more atrocities upon this pathetic World. Because we have turned from him, and like a good father he will scold us for it.”

“God is angry with us. Furious that we let open Satanists walk freely among us when the Bible teaches we should be burning them, and we WILL be punished for disobeying our God. He will send calamity after calamity upon you heathens, and he will mock you when you die. Halleluja!”

“These are signs that the end is near, my friends. Just look at the state of our World, that we are over-run with satanic pieces of trash like you. But make no mistake, we will fight this evil head-on by any means at our disposal, with the direct blessing of God himself. Our God, who drowned the wicked world in the great flood, and spared but one man who was worthy. Our God, who cleansed the cities at Sodom and Gomorrah with fire from the skies, wiping out fags and adulterers and idolators. We are all ready and willing to die for our God. I find it quite pathetic that you are all so blind.”

“Goths in my opinion are more dangerous to Children than pedophiles, and need serious psychiatric help. The sooner Goths realise what they have is nothing short of mental illness, the better for everyone concerned.”

“What we can offer you here is ten year of experience in educating young people, such as yourself, about the dangers of the Gothic subculture, and the role that heavy satanic music plays in destroying lives (and brain-cells).”

“If you want to go on being lead around by your nose-rings, then ignore the message of salvation this website offers you. If you want to seek repentance and a new lease of life, that only Jesus Christ can offer you, now is your chance for recovery.” “Our own Rev RG Green estimates that 99.999% of ALL women born today are heading straight to Hell!” “The truth is that so many women are turning away from God, and ignoring important Bible teachings about how they should act, how they should dress, how they should know their places!”

“Though the fact of the matter is that while Bible teaches us MAN will be reunited with his maker. NOWHERE in the Bible does it say that women go to Heaven! In fact we do not even know if women have souls to save! While the Bible teaches God gave MAN an immortal soul, and made woman FOR him, NOWHERE in the Bible does it talk about God giving dogs, cats OR WOMEN a soul!”

“Many people write to me to complain about my Churches views on Handicapped children. They tell me I must be 'wrong in the head' to think this way. That retards are just 'people too'! Do you know that many of these worthless freaks actually believe God created these ugly limbless monsters? I find that highly insulting even to suggest such blasphemy. So I have decided to create this 'God Hates Retards' section, so that people can understand that I am merely trying to educate them into the Bible truths about these vile and repulsive dumb animals. If every filthy retard dropped down dead tomorrow Jesus would weep tears of joy! When a retard dies, God laughs!” The group who supposedly run this site - Parents Against Goth" - claim to be peaceful. I ask you, does any of this hatred sound peaceful to you?

Goths are not always evil; it's just that they have a bad name. I have met at least one of them in my life. Nighttime is not always bad. Remember, Jesus was born in the night. Anyone who has ever worked with someone who has a learning disability will know what great stuff they are capable of. The use of the word "retard" against them is both hateful and ignorant. Women DO have souls. Nowhere in the Bible does it actually say that they don't, and they are God's people, too. "He made them all, both male and female". Look at all of the great, charitable and helpful people in history that were women.

Please remember that, if God does exist (which I believe He does), He is probably a god of love, not hate. Although God may hate some actions/thoughts, such as those of homosexuals, it is not all that likely that He actually hates the people themselves.

Sources:
God Hates Goths
Wikihow

46. A Helping Hand Saves A Life - Sister Organization

Women and Children does not deserve to be physically, mentally, and sexually abused. These people need help to live. They fight every day for their freedom and I was once one of those children and one of those women.

I know what if feels like not be loved so I want to open a home to help and teach with everyday life cooking, cleaning, and washing clothes. They will receive counseling, anger management, and if they didn't finish school they will get job training.

47. WIMUST – Access and Equal Opportunities for Women in the Performing Arts

Women represent 50% of those working in the performing arts, yet 89% of European arts institutions are directed by men.

The European Parliamentary Resolution, 10 March 2009, regarding Equal treatment and Access for men and women in the Performing arts, underlines that inequalities in career prospects and opportunities between women and men in this field are very much present and persistent, and insists that equality between men and women should be available for all players in the performing arts sector, in all disciplines, structures (production, broadcasting and teaching) and activities (artistic, technical and administrative).

Women dedicate time and energy to achieve individual goals, with enormous personal, social and financial sacrifices and are victims of a system that resists all possible forms of change. They are subject to discriminatory behaviour in selection and appointment procedures and access to cultural institutions, academies and universities, means of production and promotion and broadcast networks in all disciplines.
Talent alone is not sufficient for the artistic quality of a performance or success of a career leaving skills and talents unexploited, damaging artistic dynamism, influence and economic development and depriving the arts of talent and skills.

Regular contact with the public is necessary for recognition, and it is, therefore, essential to increase the presence of works created by women in programming, collections, publishing and consultation.

THEREFORE: We invite EU Member States to:

a) analyse and fight mechanisms producing inequalities or discrimination in the performing arts.

b) remove obstacles to women accessing top positions in cultural institutions, universities and accademie.

c) confirm that equal work by men and women must be matched by identical pay.

d) produce comparative analyses and statistics of the current situation in the arts to facilitate design and implementation of common policies so that progress is achieved.


Signatories:
Patricia Adkins Chiti, President of the Foundazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica
Gigliola Zecchi Balsamo, Vice President
Fabrizio Martini, Mayor of Fiuggi, Member of Board
Gian Paolo Chiti, Composer, Member of Board
Bruno Ludovici, City Councillor, Member of Board
Nicolò Sella Di Monteluce, Senator, Member of Board
Giovanni Floridi, Notary, Member of Board
Lucilla Di Rico, Civil Servant, Member of Board
Elisa Costantini, City Councillor Fiuggi
Nancy Van de Vate, Vienna Modern Masters, Austria
Sonja Meller, FIFTITU%, Austria
Yiannis Miralis, European University of Cyprus
Lenka Kilić, Hudbaby, Czech Republic
Birgitte Alsted, Kvinder I Musik, Denmark
Anne Kierulff, IMPRA, Denmark
Pia Bode, IMPRA, Denmark
Sanna Ahvenjärvi, NAMU, Finland
Joanna Bruzdowicz, Rencontres Internationales Musicales en Catalogne, France
Helen Lux Dryselius, GEDOK, Germany
Renate Massmann, GEDOK, Germany
Beatrice Campodonico, Suonodonne, Italy
Paola Ciarlantini, Artemusic(a) – Compositrici delle Marche, Italy
Elisabetta Strickland, Gender Interuniversity Observatory Rome, Italy
Kikki Dellisanti, CEVEDIM, Italy
Angela Montemurro, Parnaso Donne in Musica, Italy
Silvana Velonà, Accademia del Tempo Libero, Italy
Vilma Campitelli, Musicologist, Italy
Patrizia Cerroni, I Danzatori Scalzi, Italy
Marilisa Puppi, Dancer, Italy
Dafina Zeqiri, Neomusika, Kosovo
Danielle Roster, CID Femmes, Luxembourg
Paula Azguime, MISO, Portugal
Mihaela Vosganian, ARFA, Rumania
Vojna Nesić, Udruženja “Žene u Muzici” Kragujevac, Serbia
Cruz López de Rego, Asociación Mujeres en la Música, Spain
Carmen Cecilia Pinero Gil, Euterpe Muyeres y Música, Spain
Stina Lyles, KVAST, Sweden
Elin Horburg, IMPRA, Sweden
Helene Lux Dreyselius, Evterpe, Sweden
Selen Gülün, Istanbul Bilgi University Music Department, Turkey
Debbie Golt, Women in Music, UK
Carole Kost, International Honour Committee, Italy
Pinuccia Carrer, International Honour Committee, Italy
Francesca Pinto Bonomo, International Honour Committee, Italy
Irma Ravinale, International Honour Committee, Italy
Claudia Buccellati, International Honour Committee, Italy

48. STOP the RAPE of WOMEN & CHILDREN in SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa has the highest rape statistics in the world. Every 10 minutes a women in South Africa is violated, physically and emotionally for the rest of her life.

Catching the perpetrator after the fact, is not the answer as that woman's life has been irrevocably changed for the worse by that stage. What is the South Africa Government doing to proactively reduce these statistics and restore dignity to the women of South Africa?

Please sign this petition if you feel strongly about this issue so that we may take this forward to the various structures in South Africa demanding proactive solutions.

49. Give Iraqi Women Rights

Iraqi women's basic rights are being violated and current legislation, customs and rigid social attitudes are preventing women from achieving the equality they deserve.

In matters of custody, divorce and punishment, the Iraqi Penal Code and laws clearly discriminate. The gender inequality extends further than a loss of political rights however, the deeply ingrained social mindsets of those living in Iraq make gender equality a challenge to overcome. Iraq have signed the treaties stating that they will take immediate steps to ensure that women are treated justly.

The treaties state that they are obliged to actively prevent attempts or acts of violence against women. There has been no significant change in women's rights and Iraqi women continue to be mistreated despite these efforts for equality. Not enough has been done and Iraqi authorities are now breaching both the treaties and the basic, universal human rights.

By raising awareness of the issue, hopefully global recognition can be made regarding the true social justice issue at hand. Please sign if you support gender equality and would like more to be done to address the issue.

50. Like my Vote: Allow voting on facebook for the presidential election

Facebook is the most used social network on the world wide web today with an average of approximately 1.01 Billion users per month. It's used to advertise, reconnect with family and friends as well as campaign for any political office.

Why not go one step further and allow the American people to cast the vote on Voting day via Facebook. You can pay bills, watch, television, go to school and so many other things via the Internet, why not make it easy for someone to cast their vote for their candidate via a secure app on Facebook.

There are so many Facebook users that would love to vote but for various reasons may not be able to physically get out to do it. Facebook would give them that chance. Facebook was flooded during the presidential debates. Imagine if every one of those users were able to cast their vote and really take part of their American Right. The turnout would be tremendous. The American voice would definitely be heard.

51. SPK UP! Bring Pets to Texas Woman's University

Recently, many colleges have been changing their rules to allow students to bring their pets into the dormitories, including many of our nation’s top colleges as well as many other women’s colleges.

Many studies support the idea that pets reduce stress and increase overall happiness, and different studies suggest that pets may aid students in doing better in school. With college being one of the most stressful times in our lives, we feel that the allowance of small pets in the dormitories should be established, as well as the designation of Pet Halls to allow for spayed/neutered, vaccinated cats and dogs in specific dorms.

The animals we want allowed in the dormitories are small mammals (hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, guinea pigs, etc.), certified non-venomous reptiles, and the increase of the aquarium limit to 20 gallons.

52. Help The Child Brides Of FLDS Mormon Sect!

Mitt Romney has recently stated that he is for the rights of women and children, yet despite his notoriety and influence, he has done nothing concerning Fundamentalist Mormon sects that practice polygamy.

53. GT1000 Women Awareness

The 60th anniversary of Women at Georgia Tech ushers a great opportunity to accelerate campus awareness on the history and progress of women at Tech and in STEM fields. These topics should be discussed and advanced continually, not just annually.

You have the power to help this movement. With your signature and support we will provide to the Dean of Students at Georgia Tech a petition calling for new scheduled focus on educating freshman on the topics surrounding women in STEM through the GT1000 curriculum.

The ultimate purpose of this petition is to increase campus awareness on the history of women at Georgia Tech and to make an impact on students at the advent of college. By raising early discussion on the history of women at Tech, the current challenges faced by women in STEM, and the available resources for women at Tech (WRC, WIE, etc.), we can continue to advance the interest and retention of women in STEM programs.

54. Ordination of women as bishops in the Church of England

The Church of England is delaying the ordination of women as bishops.

We the laity are tired of waiting for this to happen.

We ask for resolution to come soon.

55. More Women In The R&R Hall of Fame

Only 10% of the inductees into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are women. Just not fair.

56. BAN THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF PORNOGRAPHY IN AUSTRALIA

Australian citizens are suffering from the harm of pornography. It ruins families, relationships and individuals.

Not only is it unavoidable for even children to see, but its impossible for anyone to get away from. It's in the supermarkets, the DVD store, the internet, movies, just about everywhere!

Pornography does not only suppress women by titles such as "virgin girl gets gang banged", but it is ruining to individuals self esteem, and is toxic within relationships which leads to tearing families and people apart. There is so much emotional trauma that women go through from the effects of pornography.

It is time the government stops turning a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of people that suffer from this industry. The government has the power to turn this around and should do immediately.

57. Petition to Stop House Bill No. 5711

House Bill No.5711 will do the following:

-Criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape victims, the health of the woman or in cases where there is a severe fetal anomaly

-It would require health centers that provide abortions to have surgery rooms, even when they don't provide surgical abortions.

-It would require doctors to be present for medication abortions and to screen women for "coercion" before providing an abortion

-Ban "telemedicine" abortions, or the use of technology to prescribe medication for abortion services and the morning-after pill

If this bill is passed it holds the potential to shut down most reproductive health centers in the State of Michigan, which is not only detrimental to the health of women but also infringing on a woman's right to choose.

58. Bowen Continuity of Care Petition

WHAT IS CONTINUITY OF CARE??
- during pregnancy (antenatal care)
- during labour and birth (intrapartum care)
- after birth of your baby (postnatal care)

Seeing the same caregiver or small group of caregivers throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and afterwards is called continuity of care.

WHY PROVIDE CONTINUITY OF MIDWIFERY CARE?
Midwifery continuity models are popular with women, provide improved birth and satisfaction outcomes, are cost-effective and are common overseas. For these reasons Australian governments are committed to increasing women's access to these models as outlined in the National Maternity Services Plan and actioned by the Queensland Government with the commitment to provide 10% of public birth care in these models. Continuity models also have advantages in the development and retention of a skilled workforce which is responsive to day-to-day demand.

MIDWIFERY CONTINUITY MODELS
These models provide each woman with care from a known midwife/s, usually to 6 weeks postpartum. To meet the needs of women and be sustainable for midwives, continuity models are innovative and flexible in relation to place of care in widwives' working arrangements. Women with any level of complexity of care, and midwives consult and refer to guidelines and clinical need.

59. SAY NO TO SIZE 0 MODELS

This is a petition to ban all size 0 models and also models with an unhealthy BMI (below 18.5) within Australia from the fashion catwalks and magazines.

We live in the 21st century where we are able to travel to space! It only makes sense that we do not take a 'one-size fits all’ image approach when it comes to our appearance and body image. Out of the worlds 7.017 billion population no two people are identical. Therefore why should we as both men and woman be exposed to an extremely influential fashion industry that tells us as that 'this' (size 0, which is an Australian size 4!) is what we need to look like to achieve 'that look' which is defined as so called 'beauty'.

Why should curvier women feel intimidated by these designers and this industry? We shouldn't! We are all different shapes & sizes, and if you believe that the fashion industry should portray a realistic body image of the Australian woman instead of underweight models that pursue us into believing that the size 0 image is how we need to look to achieve beauty than please sign this petition so that the Australian Government can ban these models and their associated health risks such as anorexia and bullemia.

Anorexia is most prevalent in adolescent girls who idolise these stick thin models that are flaunted to us in almost every magazine and fashion catwalk. Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. 40-60% of high school girls are on a diet, 50% of girls between the ages of 13 – 15 years old believe they are overweight and 80% of 13 year old girls admit to dieting. Almost 50% of suffers with anorexia also suffer from severe depression. This is a vicious cycle that is not only physically unhealthy, but it is mentally exhausting. This petition is going to be presented to local media, national media and eventually the Australian Parliament and government to demand a policy be put in place that bans these underweight models, and also ensures that as a legal procedure all models need to have a full health check before undertaking any modelling assignment.

If you believe that change is due and wish the help prove that we as Australians embrace the ‘real’ and healthy woman than please sign this petition.



60. We need "No Discimination & No Hrassmant for Egyptian Women" to be included in the New Egyptian Constitution

The instability of the political situation in Egypt may deteriorate if women's rights are not stipulated within the new Egyptian constitution.

Whichever regime rules Egypt must respect women's rights.