Egypt has been run by a dictator for 30 years. Six days ago, Egyptians said ‘enough’, and millions took to the streets. Over the weekend, as the government allowed phone calls for a few hours, two young pro-democracy activists started an online campaign which is taking off like wildfire. Show your support for Egyptian pro-democracy activists here!
More than 65,000 people have called on Target and Abercrombie & Fitch to compensate the families of 28 workers killed in a fire while making their clothes. The campaign is now the third most popular Change.org action of all time! What have the companies offered in response? Training programs.
Indian consumers have long been inundated with ads that use prominent Bollywood actors to promote skin-lightening products. But now tens of thousands of Change.org members have told Elle publishers exactly what they think about the whitening of Indian women. This weekend the 50,000th person joined the campaign!
The momentum in the Change.org Human Rights community has been incredible over the past few months, with 140,000 of us getting a South African minister to take ‘corrective rape’ seriously and some 40,000 of us pushing Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and the Gap to do the right thing. Early this morning, the Change.org Human Rights community hit a new milestone – 600,000 members – making it our second-largest cause!
Human rights activists have been kicking up a storm ever since the tiny Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain, a staunch US military ally, arrested 23 of their colleagues, brutally tortured them and put them on trial for treason. But a less known story of resistance has come from a more subtle, surprising part of the courtroom: the lawyers.
We got it! After 140,000 people from more than 150 countries called on the justice minister to meet with local activists leading the fight against ‘corrective rape’, the chief of staff has just informed Change.org that the minister will, without question, meet with activists, prosecutors and police to discuss ‘corrective rape’.
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.