Archive for January, 2013

Kick rapists out of government

Dear friends across India,

We have 42 MLAs facing charges varying from cruelty and sexual assault against women to rape. To stop violence against women being acceptable in society, we need to stop it being accepted in the political system. Demand all political parties pressure these members to resign — sign the petition now, and forward it to everyone:

Many politicians condemned the brutal Delhi gang rape but what they failed to say is that people in their own parties face charges of rape and sexual assault. 2 MPs and 42 MLAs have submitted election affidavits outlining their charges and Avaaz member Srikant is leading the charge to demand their resignations.

To stop violence against women being acceptable in society, we need to stop it being accepted in our political system. Join Srikant to demand all political parties take immediate action to force these members to resign, and then take their place in court to face trial.

Public outrage over widespread sexual violence against women and children is growing, but only if we step up the pressure on our political leaders will they act. Add your voice now and when 30,000 of us sign, Avaaz will take out advertisements in the press naming and shaming all parties whose members face charges. Sign the petition now, and forward it to everyone:

There’s so much that needs to be done to protect women and end rape impunity, and we should start at the very top, by cleaning out politicians who have been perpetrators in the war against women and bringing them to justice. Every minute these men remain in power, is another minute where rape is accepted and the nation’s reputation is tarnished. This is not the India anyone wants.

It’s appalling that, unlike the Delhi gang rapists, some of our politicians have not yet been put on trial, and they won’t unless we make it happen. People are taking to the streets and the pressure on the political parties is rising. Let’s make change unstoppable — sign the petition now!

Avaaz members in India have come together to protect children from brutal labour practices and freed Indian workers trapped in foreign countries. Together we have ensured that poorer people know their rights to free medical care — now it’s time to stop the physical, mental and emotional assault on women and girls across the country.

With hope and determination,

Meredith, Alaphia, Iain, Alex, Emma, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS- This campaign was started by Srikant, an Avaaz member in India. You can start a petition on any issue that is important to you, it’s quick and easy — click here


Anti-women politicians should go home (Times of India)

Kamal Nath’s plan to fast-track trial of politicians criticized (Time of India)

India’s ‘rape culture’ can be changed: women authors (Hindustan Times)

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of India)

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The great global conversation

Happy New Year!! It’s going to be a big one.

Democracy is on the march across the world, and our community is at the heart of the struggle, but to win we’re going to need to choose our course wisely. Click below to join a live, global, multilingual (with instant translation!) discussion and brainstorm of our entire community, and take our annual all-member poll to guide our choices in 2013:

It’s an amazing thing to be able to share ideas with people all across the planet, and even across all language barriers. Some of us will monitor the brainstorm and use it to adjust the polling questions. You don’t need to participate in the discussion, and can skip straight to the poll if you like.

If you don’t have time to participate, you can see the results of the poll as they come in here:

Last year we ran hundreds of campaigns and played a key role in dozens of victories, including:

  • Pushing UN member states to vote overwhelmingly for Palestine to become the world’s 194th state!
  • Lobbying Europe to stop ACTA, the global treaty that would have let corporations censor our internet worldwide
  • Putting a wrench in Media-Mogul Rupert Murdoch’s march to world domination by lobbying the UK to block the biggest deal of his career
  • Mounting a major citizen journalism effort to keep the world engaged in Syria and prevent the brutal crackdown from succeeding
  • Helping change the tragic Taliban shooting of Pakistan’s young education activist, Malala, into a stipend programme putting millions of poor children in school
  • Campaigning with partners in Brazil to silence the Amazon chainsaws
  • Fighting back against the Gay Death Penalty Bill in Uganda
  • Getting the major media to report on deadly Russian arms shipments to the Syrian regime
  • Getting a major construction company in Bahrain to free almost 100 trapped workers from India
  • Working with over 20,000 Avaaz members all around the world who launched their own campaigns on the new Community Petition tool, and piloting our new people powered media site — the Avaaz Daily Briefing!

..and much, much more.

With the world undergoing profound change, and our community at almost twice the size it was last January — 17.4 million and growing, imagine what this year’s list could look like. The challenges may be coming fast and strong, but when we stick together, we can transform them into opportunities to build the world we all dream of. Here’s to building dreams in 2013.

With hope,

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Hours to end rape impunity

Dear friends across India,

We have just hours left to feed into the Verma Commission, set up by the government to recommend how it should combat rapes. Let’s send a flood of messages demanding better laws and enforcement, plus public education to end rape impunity. Write in now!

India is on the verge of a massive win for women’s rights. The government has asked Justice JS Verma to recommend a solution to India’s rampant rape crisis, the first step to strong laws and enforcement. Justice Verma is accepting public comments for 24 more hours — this is our chance to make sure his recommendations are strong enough to end rape impunity for good.

The rapid arrest and charging of the brutal Delhi bus rapists is rare — the vast majority of rapists get away with their crimes. Real justice, with speedy trials and long years in prison, combined with increased public education is needed to stop more girls and women being violated and killed. Already over 35,000 of us have signed a petition demanding action on fast-tracked justice, now let’s keep up the pressure.

The public consultation period has just hours left — let’s make sure the Verma Commission comes up with real solutions to end rape impunity — click below to send a message now:

A crime against women is reported every 2 minutes somewhere in India, and three quarters of rape cases end with no convictions. To get to the root of the problem, we must combine changes to the legal system so more cases are convicted, and also build public awareness to help break the attitudes that justify rape in the first place.

The Verma Commission has been established to "examine the present laws to protect the safety and dignity of women.†A special session of Parliament may be convened later this month to consider its findings. It’s our best chance for years to change laws and attitudes among politicians, the police, lawyers, and society in general.

We have just hours left to influence the official Commission set up to find ways to crack down on India’s wave of sexual violence. Click to send a message directly to the Verma Commission:

From opposing the stoning of women in Iran, to supporting the reproductive rights of women in Morocco, Uzbekistan and Honduras, to lobbying for real action to counter the growing ‘rape trade’ in trafficked women and girls, our community has been on the front lines of the fight to end the war on women. This new year begins with new resolve in India.

With hope,

Meredith, Alice, Jamie, Ian, Ricken, Rewan, Diego, Wen, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team

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India gang-rape: Five suspects charged in Delhi (BBC)

Verma committee flooded with suggestions on rape (News One India)

India’s ‘rape culture’ can be changed: women authors (Hindustan Times)

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of India)

Delhi Gang-Rape Underscores Rising Sexual Violence Against Indian Women (IB Times)

Rise in rapes across India

70% of women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime (UN report)

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