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Seema Malhotra MP

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Seema Malhotra is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston since 2011.

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Petitioning home office, Boris Johnson MP, Sadiq Khan, Seema Malhotra MP, Tulip Siddiq, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Virendra Sharma

Justice for women on spouse visa

Thousands of migrant women move on spousal visas to the UK every year from South Asia; they follow their husbands - often professional workers - to an alien country to become homemakers.  Hundreds of these women find themselves facing grave injustice due to a provision in the spousal visa system in which the sponsoring partner - the husband - is able to cancel his partner's visa leaving the women destitute and in limbo. There is a constant insecurity as the spouse has to remain on a dependent visa for 5 longs years.  If the marriage produces a child, the child becomes eligible for British citizenship as the child of a settled individual.  The wife on the other hand is required to remain as a "dependent" for a period of five years before she is able to apply for permanent settlement. Our organization - Indian Ladies in UK (ILUK) - has, just in the past 24 months, come across dozens of cases in which the husband, for a myriad reasons - has routinely abused his position of power, leaving women exploited, abused and often dumped in India after travelling there in the guise of a holiday. The reasons are manifold - the marriage breaks down, there are "dowry" issues (for example; the woman's family being unable or unwilling to pay an amount demanded by the husband and/or his family); backward cultural reasons (for example, women who want to work, socialize or dress in a different manner are targeted by their husbands who will bar their wives from going out, having their own money and even bar them from having a phone so as to contact friends or family); money issues (for example, we've seen numerous instances where a woman who has found work has had her salary taken away by the husband because the husband feels he is "losing control" by allowing the woman to work and be self-sufficient) and so on and so forth.   Each case is different but equally harrowing for the woman. In a number of the most horrific instances, women have been taken to India ostensibly for a "holiday" only for them to be abandoned.  In one recent case, a husband - a British citizen working as a regional manager for a well-known fast food brand, who had married a lady from Gujarat - traveled to India for a holiday with the couple's two young children.  One day, under the guise of taking the children to a temple, the man took his wife's passport and telephone and fled India with the children.  She contacted ILUK and we helped organize an emergency passport and a short term visa for her to return to the UK where she continues to fight her case.  (The husband has fled to his parent's native Madagascar with the children).   In another case, the husband traveled to India with the wife and abandoned her there, only after stealing her British Residency Permit and handing it over to his parents.  The moment he returned to London, he informed the home office that he was "no longer married to his wife" and to cancel her residency permit.  The Home office based on his word alone has proceeded to cancel her visa barring her from seeking justice in the UK. Such separations lead to women being ostracized by their families and communities given the inferior status of women in India.  They are kept in limbo, unable to return to the UK, unable to return to their homes in India due to societal norms.  Based on the staggering number of cases that ILUK has come across in the past two years, it is reasonable to assume that it is a widespread problem. We suggest that the process of cancelling a woman's dependent visa be made a more stringent one by the Home Office.  At the moment, a man needs only to write a letter informing of a separation, which in turn leads to the cancellation of a dependent visa in a matter of 7 days.  The Home Office must demand documentation proving that there has been a legal separation - meaning that the wife has been granted her rights under the separation - before proceeding with the cancellation of a visa. Alternately, particularly in the cases of abandonment of wives in India, a provision must be put in place to ensure that the Home Office is aware of the wife's position and that their most basic human rights are protected.  Obtaining the wife's consent prior to cancelling her visa is paramount. The abuse of these women is merely exacerbated as one of the conditions of their visa is that they have "no recourse to public funds".  As a result, women abandoned in the UK are unable to find help through local councils.  One woman, a 24-year-old Muslim girl from Andhra Pradesh, last year returned to London after visiting her parents to find herself locked out of the marital home in Hounslow but unable to find emergency accommodation.  The husband had written to the Home Office asking that her visa be cancelled but the request had not been processed in time, allowing her to return to the UK.  Much to the husband's very evident chagrin. As a result all the financial, legal and logistical help was offered by Indian Ladies UK. As it stands, the system is ripe for exploitation by men who use, abuse and discard women at will and the authorities must pay immediate attention to this issue to save 100's of other women becoming destitute and their rights be preserved.

Indian Ladies UK
3,157 supporters
Petitioning The Canadian Health Care System, Government of Canada, The Society of Obstetricians and Gynocologists of Canada, World Endometriosis Society, Government of Alberta, Shannon Stubbs MP, Seema Malhotr...

Help people with Endometriosis get proper diagnosis and treatment.

ProblemOn average it takes 7-12 years To properly diagnose someone with endometriosis in Canada.1 in 10 women have Endometriosis.Endometriosis is a disease where endometrial like tissue is found outside the Uterus. If left untreated it can cause lesions on organs resulting in the loss of these organs, such as ovaries, appendix, and kidneys.Many who have this disease are suffering from debilitating pelvic pain, irregular periods, bleeding between periods, painful intercourse, bowel issues, urinary pain, back and leg pain and fatigue.  The disease in some cases prevents people from living a normal and active life.  Waiting 12 years and in some cases over 20 years for a diagnosis nevermind  treatment is not acceptable! Canada has only 15 Surgeons trained in excision (the removal of Endometriosis lesions). We need more, the wait lists are far too long.Many women are opting to pay up to $20,000 to go to the United States to have surgery due to our lengthy process to get a diagnosis and then up to 18 months for surgical treatment.The problem is most GPs and Gynecologists are not specialized in recognizing the symptoms of Endometriosis And those that can are still using hormone therapy to treat or diagose Endometriosis.Improvement or lack of improvement of symptoms using Birthrol pills or injections does not diagnose Endometriosis nor does it cure it. In a trial of 71 women placed on CHCs (combined hormonal) for 3 months whom Endometriosis was proved by Laproscopic images Found 30 % had improvement of symptoms whereas 41%Had no improvement- sited from the JOCG Volume 32 number 7 July 2010By the time women go through these various rounds of hormone treatment it can be months or years which delays the diagnosis. It also subjects the patient to many undesirable side effects.We need the the medical field to stop making recommendations for hysterectomy as a treatment and cure for endometriosis.  There is evidence that even after the uterus is removed the Endometriosis cells can still survive and grow causing pain and damage to tissues and organs.  We need to stop using AblasionAs a means of treatment for Endometriosis and take it out of medical journals as a noted option for removal of Endometriosis lesion. This is not effective.Ablation has resulted in many failed surgeries often causing more scar tissue, and often a return of pain and symptomsTo the patient just 6 months after the procedure resulting in the need for future surgeries and more missed work resulting in lost wages and productivity.There is a desperate need for More training in the field of Endometriosis.There is not enough awareness Or updated research available to Canadian Family Doctors, Nurses, Gynecologists and Obstetricians.There is a desperate need for more efficient diagnosis of Endometriosis.And a huge need for expedited referrals to properly trained Surgeons specializing in the visual appearance and localization of Endometriosis lesions, and implants and whom have the skill to preform Laproscopic exicission of the lesions caused by the disease.This is considered the Gold standard of treatment and must be made so here in Canada.As Endometriosis cannot be seen on ultrasound imagining all suspected cases of Endometriosis should have a laproscopic procedure. Far too many women have treatment delayed by decades or are turned away entirely after an ultrasound fails to show Endometriosis. This can no longer continue to occur in our country.Please help meTo bring a solution soonFor those sufferingBy adding your name and voiceThanks so much.SolutionThe solution starts with education and awareness.I would like to kindly ask the Canadian Ministry of health and education to fund more reaserch on the cause, ways to identify biomarkers and treatment for Endometriosis. To develope a programIn collaboration with The Endometriosis network CanadaAnd other awareness and support groups that helpBring awareness of the early symptoms of Endometriosis to grade school health programs.Train all medical staff in the Symptoms associated with Endometriosis and how to do refferals to expedite the diagnosisOf Endometriosis.Have the Journal of Obstricians and Gynocologists write an updated version on Endometriosis.Support more Canadian SurgeonsIn becoming specialized in the diagnosis of and excision of Endometriosis.Support the existing Gynecologists that are specialized in EndometriosisThey deserve more Resources to keep doing the great work they are doing to helpAlleviate the pain and sufferingThat is often caused by this disease.Ensure Health Care covers additional treatment needed for Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain such as: pelvic floor therapy,Nutritionists to recommend anti-inflammatory diets or other remedies to decrease symptoms and pain just to name a few.Personal storyMichelle Aris is a graduate of the community rehabilitation program from Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta as well an established Landscape Designer Using her talents to help make Gardens more accessible and affordable for allWith her many passion projects.Michelle had her first symptoms of Endometriosis at age 13 but was not diagnosed with endometriosis until nearly 21 years later in 2013 after having a laparoscopic procedure to diagnose the years of constant pelvic pain, ovarian pain, bowel pain, irregular periods, back pain and what felt to be siatic leg pain as well as many other symptoms that often would leave her bedridden for days. Michelle wants to bring awareness about EndometriosisAnd positive change in Canada and around the world.Thanks for taking the time to read this petition and add your name to help thousands of people suffering with Endometriosis obtain proper diagnosis and treatment.

Michelle Aris
520 supporters
Petitioning The Houses of parliament, Stephen Harper, Amber Rudd MP, Mary Macleod MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, Andrew Stephenson MP, James Morris MP, James Wharton MP, Karl McCartney MP, Marcus Jones MP, Paul Uppa...

General Election

Due to the dead lock in Parliament regarding Brexit, we the undersigned demand a General Election is called and carried out BEFORE October 31 2019. The cost to the economy, to companies here in Britain and abroad, and also inward investment has been massive and it has been all caused by the dithering within Parliament. The Members of Parliament on the whole should hang their heads in shame at the blatant disregard of a referendum, where a majority of over 1,300,000 voted to Leave the EU, fully understanding what 'Leave' meant and all it entailed. The vast majority of MPs said 'they would implement what the people decided and it would only ever be a once in a life time vote and LEAVE would mean LEAVE, including the customs union and everything that goes with it''. The MPs have failed to implement the result, have lied, cheated, connived, conspired and treated the all of the electorate as contemptuous fools, Remain and Leave alike. Therefore it is time for a General Election and the people decide what is to be done (once again). Regardless of which way you voted, the MPs have gone against the majority. They have chosen to ignore the mandates of two general elections, which BOTH the Conservatives and Labour promised to implement. They haven't done it and in doing so have brought our great democracy to its knees.  If the MPs can get away with ignoring a referendum result of this magnitude, they will do it again, because the precedence is being set right now and in the future, it might be something even more important to us all. Sign the petition, lets get a government that will either implement Brexit or scrap it in it's entirety. The country has got to move on and WE have to move on together.

harvey fitzpatrick
55 supporters