33 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Equalities Minister Justine Greening @Govt_Equality

Open civil partnerships to all

We’re Rebecca and Charles, we have a toddler called Eden, a baby called Ariel, and we want to cement and celebrate our relationship by having a civil partnership. But we can’t because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 states: ‘Two people are not eligible to register as civil partners of each other if … they are not of the same sex.’ We met in 2010, became engaged in 2013, and together we were involved in the fight for same-sex marriage within our community. It is fantastic social progress that couples can now marry regardless of sex or sexual orientation. We’ve been left, however, with a hangover from this important reform: Civil partnerships are still only available to same-sex couples. This limits the choice for mixed-sex couples, like us, who want to form a civil partnership - a modern institution that provides similar legal status and financial protections as marriage. The current system doesn’t make sense and needs to be brought into line with places such as Holland and New Zealand where couples can choose between marriage and civil partnership. Opening civil partnerships to all would bring the law up to date with the reality of family life: 3 million cohabiting couples with 2 million dependent children, all of whom currently lack the protection of marriage and choice of civil partnership. From a personal perspective, the legacy of marriage – that it treated women as property for centuries, excluded same-sex couples until 2014, and still leaves room only for fathers’ names on marriage certificates – means that marriage is not an option for us. We want to raise our children as equal partners and feel that a civil partnership – a modern, symmetrical institution – sets the best example for them. Sadly, the government has taken a different view. But with your support, we've mounted a legal challenge to their position: Our case will be heard in the Supreme Court on 15th and 16th May 2018.  We're also fighting on the political front. We've generated extensive cross-party parliamentary support with politicians from every major party now backing our cause. The London Assembly unanimously passed a motion supporting mixed-sex civil partnerships, and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is in favour of opening civil partnerships to all. Conservative MP Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill to give mixed-sex couples the right to a civil partnership has also received cross-party backing, and is due for its second reading early next year. The forces in favour of reform now significantly outnumber those who remain opposed. The tide turned some time ago and there is only so long that the government can continue to swim against it. We won’t rest until the government recognises that opening civil partnerships to mixed-sex couples is fair and popular, and good for families and children. We are confident that it will, eventually, recognise this clear logic. To help us make #equalcivilpartnerships a reality, we ask you to please do the following: 1. Write to your MP and ask them to attend the second reading of Tim Loughton’s private members’ bill, scheduled for Friday 2nd February 2018. Loughton's bill, entitled Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Bill 2017-19, would give mixed-sex couples the right to a civil partnership, as well as including mother's names on marriage certificates.   2.     Please sign and share this petition, telling the Minister for Women and Equalities that you support opening up civil partnerships to all: 3.     Please donate: We'll keep you updated with our progress.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all your support. We literally could never have gotten this far without the incredible support from tens of thousands of people, like you, who, like us, desperately want to see civil partnerships made available to all couples.  Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan ---------------------------- Like our Facebook page: Follow us on Twitter:  @EqualCPs Use #equalcivilpartnerships #equallove    

Charles Keidan and Rebecca Steinfeld
80,012 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Sadiq Khan, UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, David Cameron MP, Human Rights Campaign,

Justice for Ethnic Minority Workers in the UK.

Cleveland Cable Company in Belvedere forcefully dismissed employees for being members of Trade Union, raising health and safety issues, unequal pay and much more. Mr. Jhalanath Sharma and Mr. Jun Gurung a very loyal and hard working people from Nepal were forcefully dismissed from the company because they were raising important issues to the management. The company was consistently paying lower wages for the same work, altering employment contracts, forcing to sign papers without allowing workers to understand them, blaming on employees for wrongdoing, enforcing manufactured fines forcefully, hiding incidents and covering them up by false witness statements and much more.  Mostly the members of senior management team verbally harassed members of staff by saying, "they are animals" if they don't understand English. Furthermore, they also consistently say, "poor people do not need higher pay", they are "slaves". More importantly, if any member of working staff refused to sign any documents, they would be forcefully locked in the office until they agreed to do so. "Gurkhas are slaves". Mr. Gurung is an honorary retired Gurkha serviceman who dedicated his life fighting for the UK with the British Army and Mr. Sharma was a GMB representative at the company whose only goal was to raise his voice. Both of them have been a victim of discrimination, harassment, victimisation, slavery, and inequality while working in this company. After all these years of loyalty and hard work, we were dismissed unfairly. We tried to get justice but the company did not disclose the required documents instead they hid and forged documents, and because of that, we were prevented from getting a fair trial and justice. Please help us get justice so that companies like this will stop treating and taking advantage of ethnic minorities. I want no one out there to be treated like this. Us minorities come from disadvantaged countries who come here to create a better lifestyle for our families and their future. Big companies like this are stopping our voice. They are taking advantage of our kindness and loyalty.  Let's come TOGETHER as one and STOP this, Let's give JUSTICE to ethnic minorities workers in the UK. Help me so I can help you.  

Samir Sharma
394 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Secretary of State for Education,, Theresa May MP

Rights and Equality for Young People with Additional Needs in Education

The local authority have an obligation to offer choice and to tailor additional educational services to each individual young person’s needs. A major issue for young people with additional needs is that their own rights to a tailored education are not being met. An example of this is the inclusion of young people in to local mainstream schools, with a clear lack of appropriate funding and resources available to enable a positive education experience. The right to select a secondary school applies to all young people resident in the UK, however young people with additional needs are being failed and are being placed in schools that have a resource or provision as appose to the parental choice of a school near their home or with their friends.This is a large scale issue throughout the country affecting almost every parent of a child with additional needs that I have had contact with thus far. There appears to be a pattern of discrimination against children on EHCP’s that is being ignored. Parents/ carers are being left to fight for the rights of their children to fair treatment within education and to be given the same educational options as their peers.If your child has additional needs then you will at some point have to prepare yourself for conflicts surrounding education provisions and local authority funding. This should not be the case as all our young people are the future generation and should be entitled to a fair education, disability or not. This petition has been created to challenge the discrimination of young people with additional needs by local authority education sectors. Our goals are:1. An independent enquiry in to the unfair treatment of young people with additional needs nationally, considering how local authorities are considering the young people and their family/ carers wishes and working in parent partnership.2. To re-examine the wording/ structure of the Section 28A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 and the Equality Act 2010. This should aim to ensure that the framework specifically outlines the increased availability of resources in more than one school within the borough for various additional needs, to improve school choice and access.3. To provide each school with the tools to provide education to all young people able to access mainstream school, ensuring that equipment for blind/ deaf and cognitively challenged young people be available within a significantly higher number of educational establishments.4. Prevent any local authority resource based provisions effecting the outcome of school choice, by limiting the parental choice applications due to local authority funding local resource bases for specific needs. The additional needs of a young person should not limit and exclude them from having an equal choice and right to access one of the schools from their three choices.5. Regularly monitor access to education for young people with additional needs for all local authorities, ensuring a positive education experience is being offered to all in partnership with parents and carers. We ask that the minister for education and Prime Minister Theresa May take the necessary steps outlined in our goals, to improve access to education for young people with additional needs.

Nadia Turki
1,635 supporters