gender equality

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Petition to Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of the Attorney General, Equal Opportunity Commission, Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.

End Descriminatory Gender, Racial and Religious policies in Trinidad & Tobago

In a Post colonial 21 Century Repubic of Trinidad and Tobago Religious discrimination is happening. People are being treated differently because of what they believe in. Specifically, adherents of different religions (or denominations) are treated unequally before the law and in institutional settings such as employment. Government and Companies' practices of refusing or dilberately omitting to offer employment to male persons with dredlocks impinge on our Constitutional Rights. These include TTPS TTDF TTFS any security company and the list goes on. Why can't a young male youth dream of a career with any of the above-mentioned without violating his fundamental religious beliefs. Modern Democracy is not supposed to be only about the rule of the majority but also the protection of the rights of those in the minority. Their motive and intention for such policies are irrelevant to the determination of descrimination. If a subjective attribute of a person is the only reason that person has been treated differently then the policy in question is Descriminatory. Some questions to consider....Are these policies in place because dredlocks is a hairstyle physiologically and culturally associated with African people? Can dredlocks be kept in a tidy manner? Is dredlocks compatible with a tidy hair policy? Can dredlocks be considered an immutable physical characteristic? . Does employing person's with dredlocks pose an undue hardship on company or employees? Then why is it in this day and age in a CARRIBEAN country that wants and claims leadership role in the region do we still accept being treated as 2nd class citizens  with policies that push societal descrimination and promotes prejudice creating Rasta-Phobia, encouraging descrimination, Intolerance, Ignorance. It is often the perception of the intolerance of the other that causes our own intolerance to them. The deprivation of my rights have caused tremendous pain to myself and others mentally, financially and as well as physically. These policies towards us should be deemed punitive in a malicious, arbitrary, capricious manner in violation of our Constitutional Rights THE CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OFTRINIDAD AND TOBAGOWhereas the People of Trinidad and Tobago—(a) have affirmed that the Nation of Trinidad andTobago is founded upon principles thatacknowledge the supremacy of God, faith infundamental human rights and freedoms, theposition of the family in a society of free menand free institutions, the dignity of the humanperson and the equal and inalienable rights withwhich all members of the human family areendowed by their Creator;(b) respect the principles of social justice andtherefore believe that the operation of theeconomic system should result in the materialresources of the community being so distributedasto subserve the common good, that there shouldbe adequate means of livelihood for all, thatlabour should not be exploited or forced byeconomic necessity to operate in inhumaneconditions but that there should be opportunityfor advancement on the basis of recognition ofmerit, ability and integrity;(c) have asserted their belief in a democratic societyin which all persons may, to the extent of theircapacity, play some part in the institutions of thenational life and thus develop and maintain duerespect for lawfully constituted authority;(d) recognise that men and institutions remain freeonly when freedom is founded upon respect formoral and spiritual values and the rule of law;(e) desire that their Constitution should enshrine theabove-mentioned principles and beliefs andmake provision for ensuring the protection in Trinidad and Tobago of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Wherefore due to the totality in circumstances, I request that you all join the cause to be relieved from this oppression and seek assistance in accessing any other relief that may be deemed just and proper.

Ricardo Taylor
12 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Philip Hammond MP, Theresa May MP

Stop taxing periods. Period. #EndTamponTax

The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. WE WON! By March we made history when Parliament accepted a tampon-tax-ending amendment proposed by the amazing Paula Sherriff MP. Following Brexit complications, this amendment will be implemented by 2022 at the very latest. That sucks. But we're on it! We've launched a new project called 'Period Watch' to keep an eye on the Government and SMASH the period taboo in the meantime! Our new petition can also be signed here to help reduce this deadline date. Period! We need to make sure we no longer tax period products on luxurious, “non-essential” grounds, but not helicopters, the maintenance of our private jets, or crocodile steaks. Even President Obama has coined the tax 'shocking' and 'unfair'. If you value the functioning of those who menstruate at least as much as you enjoy your flying crocodile Fridays then sign our petition and join our campaign. Help to put an end to the marginalisation of issues traditionally associated with women by demanding a zero tax rate for sanitary products. Periods are no luxury. You can ‘opt-in’ to extravagance. You cannot choose to menstruate. Despite this, a whole heap of disadvantages have been created for those who do. Not using sanitary products can lead to health risks, jeopardise maintaining a normal, professional or personal life, and result in public ridicule. Equally, by using sanitary products, our Government capitalises on misogynist discourse and period shame that has caused us to fear our own menstrual cycles. It’s a double-edged sword that cuts women on both sides. Tax allocations should expose the needs of society as a whole, and the needs of those who menstruate as well as those who don’t. Because we care about these people, this campaign was made in support of tax allocations representing them and reflecting something that is vital. Philip Hammond, sanitary products should join your list of essential, tax exempt products, which include “helicopters” (and “aircraft repair and maintenance”), “alcoholic jellies” and “exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo”. While we can live without flying our own private helicopters, we cannot live without the public participation of those who menstruate, which is dependent upon the accessibility of sanitary products. We hope you support and join our campaign! Laura Find us on Facebook or Twitter for more information. We would love to hear form you. #EndTamponTax Sister petitions:Axe #TamponTax before 2022!End Period PovertyDrop Period Prices Stop taxing periods around the world, and join our sister campaigns!Active campaigns:Australia: shelters: http://thehomelessperiod.comItaly: Africa: States of America: World: SUCCESSFUL campaigns:Canada: News Coverage:The BBC: News: Guardian: Independent: Telegraph: and and The NewStatesman: Marie Claire Magazine: May issue 2015 and Magazine: and Confused: Post: The Fabian Society: Daily Mash: and and Mirror: Metro: Female Lead: Politics Home: Housekeeping: Women's Views on News: Women's Voice: projects: Extra information:After the UK joined the Common Market in 1973, a 17.5% sanitary tax was introduced. It was justified when Parliament classified sanitary products as “non-essential, luxury” items. After years of hard work, in 2000 Labour MP Dawn Primarolo (who we are working closely with on this campaign) announced that during the following year sanitary tax would be reduced to 5%. She explained the reduction was “about fairness, and doing what we can to lower the cost of a necessity”. EU law has prevented sanitary products from escaping tax entirely. Following the Union’s decision to standardise tax across the continent, no separate member state can revise VAT allocations without the EU’s permission. For this reason, hopefully with the backing of Westminster, we hope to convince the European Parliament that this is an important issue worth revising, too.

Laura Coryton
320,088 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to TedxBrussels , Rudy Aernoudt

Ask TedxBrussels to stand up for women!

TedxBrussels has for many years set out to "bring world class speakers to Brussels to push the frontiers of our knowledge." For 2018 their theme is "A Brave New World"  where they explore what the future can have in store for us.  Among its distinguished speakers, TedxBrussels has invited Alexander Bard. Bard describes himself as a philosopher and author. He is also fiercely against the #metoo movement, and many would say, women in general.  Bard has made many violently problematic statements regarding the #metoo movement, going as far as saying that the women who have come forth are lying. A few, but certainly not all, examples:   "The #metoo campaign is just the dialectical guilt response of 150 million neurotic women for having read #Fiftyshadesofgrey. With pleasure." History is full of women accusing men of sexual assaults that never happened. How did women suddenly become 100% credible in 2017? #metoo Guys, don't flirt with girls. Ever. And when they flirt with you, ignore. It should at least keep you safe - until they start lying. #metoo In feminist jargon, a woman who accuses a man of rape is automatically "a survivor of sexual assault". But what if she just made it all up? By inviting Bard to speak at their event, TedxBrussels are saying that they find it fully acceptable to give a platform to someone who has a rock-bottom perception of women.  2017 was the year the roar of women shook the world. Countless courageous women* around the globe shared their stories. Demanding change and a new reality.   TedxBrussels decision is a slap in the face to women everywhere.  For those who argue that Bard will be speaking about cyber philosophy and not women's rights, I ask you, would he still have been invited if he had made racist statements? What about homophobic statements? Had TedxBrussels wanted to be associated with him then? Well, he has made both racist and Islamophobic remarks. This petition asks TedxBrussels to support women, all women*, in their battle against institutionalised sexism and misogyny around the world, and not be part of it.   TedxBrussels, you are discussing "A brave new world" - well women are brave, and they want a new world.  --------------- *women: anyone who identifies as a woman

Honey Kohan
2,235 supporters