gender equality

21 petitions

Started 4 weeks ago

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Solve the gender pay gap in universities by redistributing excessive VC/dean salaries

◦Factual salary data show that male academics earn £3,000 to £8,000 or more per year than female academics. The gender pay gap is caused by universities awarding male academics, on average, higher starting salaries and more promotions than women. Close the gender pay gap in universities by redistributing money from the obscene salaries paid to university deans, vice-chancellors and other senior managers, many of whom earn £300,000+ per year from the public purse. Not even our Prime Minister, who leads a country with 66 million people, is paid that. ◦ Women academics are now asking the government to enforce equal pay for equal work or work of equal value in universities because losing £3,000 to £8,000 a year is not small change to us. That is a lot of money to many women struggling against exorbitant house prices, childcare and transport costs. Following the lead of our comrades in other industries, women academics are hereby launching collective action against inequality in our pay. ◦ We welcome the steps taken by Rt Hon Prime Minister Theresa May and Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt (Minister for Women and Equalities) in forcing universities to declare gender pay gaps for the first time in 2018 but we want them to now force universities to actually abolish the gender pay gap. [A] Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt: (1) Please write to universities to instruct them that affected women have the right to make equal pay claims. (2) Introduce a new fine system administered by your Ministry in which universities and other organisations that fail to process equal pay claims in accordance with equal pay law have to pay a fine. (3) Set up a free government helpline with trained advisors to advise women about equal pay claims free of charge. [B] Rt Hon Prime Minister Theresa May: (1) Please introduce a new government policy of fining universities and any organisations that lose equal pay claims to recoup the wasted legal cost to the public (i.e. the cost of employment tribunals). (2) Introduce a new policy that will require any university or organisation that loses an equal pay claim (or any matter of employment law) to pay the employee’s legal costs. (3) Compel universities to close the gender pay gap by redistributing the exorbitant salaries of vice-chancellors, deans and others senior university managers. Please express your support for equal pay for equal work (or work of equal value) for women who work in universities by signing this petition.

Academic Feminists
279 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Nicola Sturgeon MSP, John Swinney MSP

Require gender neutral school uniforms in Scottish schools

My name is Jess Insall, and I am a Scottish schoolgirl. At the age of 5, I and many other girls around the country went to school for the first time. We started leaning about some of the wonders of this world such as maths and English, but many of also learnt of the inequalities we'd face for the rest of our lives. We were told we had to wear skirts, whist the boys were allowed to wear trousers. We were shown that whilst it's ok for boys to do cartwheels and hang upside down from bars, we couldn't, because our underwear would show. We were taught to accept inequality as the norm, from the age of 5 years old.  It's not right that any young girls should feel held back by their gender, and the Scottish government has the power to change that. Schools should be required to implement gender neutral school uniforms. "Gender neutral" doesn't mean everyone has to wear the same thing. All it means is that instead of making all girls wear skirts and all boys wear trousers, schools let all pupils choose between skirts and trousers. Schools will maintain freedom to choose what pupils can or can't wear, whilst ensuring that all pupils are treated equally. It might be a small change, but it will make a huge difference.  This is also a crucial issue for trans and non-binary pupils. Every pupil deserves the right to feel valued and respected at school, but all too often this is not reality for these pupils. Forcing them to choose between a "boy" and "girl" uniform is not acceptable. By allowing them freedom to choose how to dress appropriately for their identity from a set list of uniform items, pupils can dress comfortably, whilst schools lose no control over their uniforms.  If you believe that all pupils deserve equality regardless of their gender, please sign this petition.

Jess Insall
126 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
Started 4 months ago

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 21st Century Republic 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. It is often the perception of the intolerance of the other that causes our own intolerance to them. 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. Is it a deterrent to keep a certain people out of positions of Authority especially within Government? 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. Meaning you can't justify discrimination. 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? Yes, the Government is enforcing policy of old that restrict us having an identity or having power under said identity. The implications of growing dreadlocks stand (mostly for men) and, up to now, one cannot work in government or be admitted to government schools. In fact, one is perceived as a drug dealer or user and unhygienic if he has dreadlocks. African men have, therefore, kept their hair short and ‘presentable’ in conformity with the colonial masters.  Can dredlocks be kept in a tidy manner and compatible with a tidy hair policy? Yes, Women that are allowed to wear dredlocks Is proof of this. And if this is not so then why do they still have a job?  Can dredlocks be considered an immutable physical characteristic? . Yes, The argument isn’t that the Government does not have the right to enforce a conservative code, but that it must consider the diversity of hair textures and cultures. The current policy is the equivalent of a black majority military telling its thousands of white soldiers that they are required to have dreadlocks or Afros.  Dredlocks is a part of my body just like my arms  and legs. So if they require persons to cut off one arm to gain employment do we adhere to that policy also? Does employing person's with dredlocks pose an undue hardship on company or employees?  No, Laws and company's policies should not prohibit employment dress or grooming rules, per se, as long as these company rules do not have a “disparate impact” on the applicant or employee. However, once the employer becomes aware that a religious accommodation is needed, The employer must accommodate the person whose sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance conflicts with the employer’s requirements or “appearance policies,” unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Then why is it in this day and age in a CARIBBEAN 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
41 supporters