End the war on women

Posted: 7 February 2013
It’s the same story all over the world -- abusive, violent men are in charge of making the laws that are supposed to protect women. And they use their power to fend off challenges from victims or voters -- but now we can change that.

When a 23-year-old student was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, citizen protests caught fire across the country and the world erupted in outrage. India commissioned an official review, but this week the government brazenly says it will ignore the review's recommendation that politicians charged with rape or similar violence against women must step down. The 260 Indian politicians accused of such offences are fighting tooth and nail, and so far they are winning!

The only way to turn this round is a concerted, people-powered effort to banish men like this from office. If 25,000 of us pledge to donate now, Avaaz will be able to create a campaign war chest to take on the worst politicians. They depend on their reputations, and we'll expose them in the news and social media, including through ads and polls. We'll start in India -- the world's largest democracy, which is gearing up for national elections -- and then stand ready to intervene wherever there are opportunities to change politics and end the war on women!

Avaaz will only process the pledges if we get 25,000, enough to make a real difference. Pledge now!
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