Last week South Africa’s Justice Minister told the world that he is “very deeply concerned” about corrective rape and “there is a process in hand now in order to deal with this particular issue.” Earlier today, we wrote to the minister asking that he follow up his words with action.
We did it again! In the course of just two months, a tiny group of relatively disempowered women fighting rapists from a safehouse in the townships of South Africa have managed to force the minister of justice, one of the country’s most powerful men, to go on record acknowledging ‘corrective rape’, expressing his “very deep concern” about it and responding to their demands.
One month ago today, 28 workers were burned to death and hundreds more injured at a tragic fire in an unsafe clothing factory in Bangladesh. After 25,000 Change.org members called on all international companies sourcing from factory to take responsibility, the GAP has given in! One down, six more to go…
Each year Israel’s prime minister invites high profile international journalists to a cocktail party. But when Arab journalists and their friends showed up for this year’s gala they weren’t exactly welcomed with margaritas. Instead, they were forced to take off their bras or strip.
Twitter tries to move mountains to allow Iranian dissidents to express themselves, but when a Chinese woman is sent to a labor camp for a three-word tweet, Twitter doesn’t seem to have much to say. Now Chinese activists are calling on the company to take up the cause of China’s first citizen to be imprisoned on the basis of a single tweet.
With the phenomenal support of 107,053 people from 163 countries — the most popular campaign ever launched on Change.org — a tiny group of lesbian activists in South Africa just scored a major victory, taking “corrective rape” from an unspoken epidemic to a national discussion.
Last month a tiny group of lesbian activists hiding out in a safehouse in the townships of Cape Town started a petition calling on the country’s justice minister to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. Their Change.org petition, the most popular of all time, received it’s 100,000th signature earlier today.
It’s been an energetic year for human rights organizing across the globe. Activists from disparate communities have increasingly turned to Change.org to hold everyone from multinational corporations and international institutions to local officials and companies accountable for their actions…
Last week it was revealed that Laurent Gbagbo, the illegitimate president of the Ivory Coast who has refused to step down after losing presidential elections, had hired high profile DC lobbyist Lanny Davis to punt for him. Davis was indignant against extensive media criticism over his choice of clients, but after Change.org members stepped in, Davis had a change of heart.
Last month a tiny group of lesbian activists posted a petition from a safehouse in a township of Cape Town, South Africa calling on the Ministry of Justice to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. Their petition has since become the most popular Change.org petition of all time. Ndumie Funda, the one-woman leader of the group, says she is overwhelmed by the campaign’s success.
You’ve reached your term limit as president. You’ve nonetheless forced the country into elections and then lost big time. Everyone and their mother is calling for you to step down. What do you do? Call a famous Washington lobbyist and see if exorbitant amounts of money from one of the poorest countries on earth can pull a few strings.
Navid Mohebbi, the youngest blogger ever arrested, was released by Iran on Christmas Day! While governments and mainstream media have paid little attention to Navid’s case, A Safe World for Women has led the way, using Change.org to pressure senior UN human rights officials into advocating for Navid’s release.