Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP
Acknowledge transgender people on the birth certificate
There are a number of transgender men who want and choose to carry a baby. However, one issue that makes this difficult is that the process of giving birth is a determining factor in the transgender man being registered on the birth certificate as the ‘mother’ of the child. This is the present situation as written in British law; Section 12 of the Gender Recognition Act states, “The fact that a person's gender has become the acquired gender under this Act does not affect the status of the person as the mother or father of a child”. The law is unclear, but suggests that whilst protecting the status of parents who legally transition after the birth of a child, it also restricts parents who legally transition before the birth of a child. We believe that this is unacceptable, as transgender and non-binary parents who identify as male are having their rights to recognised fatherhood discriminated against. At present, a transgender father will be registered as the child’s mother. This will inevitably result in the transgender parent being ‘outed’ throughout the life of the child. In turn, this can cause embarrassment, discomfort, and potential cause for discrimination and- in the worst case- violence against them. As the Office of National Statistics identified of the 2014-2015 period, recorded hate crimes against transgender people were up 9% on the previous year. However, the Crime Survey of England and Wales estimates that there are 222,000 hate crimes of all types committed on average every year a difference of 169,472 crimes unreported to police. We fundamentally believe that transgender people should be registered as their self-identified gender identity on their own child’s birth certificate. Further, that the Gender Recognition Act is outdated on this matter. Please fight for transgender parents to have equal rights. Thank you for your consideration.
Petition to Governments of Iran & UK & EU, HR Federica Mogherini, President Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Theresa May MP
Bitte lasst meinen Großvater nach Hause kommen!
لطفا پدربزرگمان را به خانه برگردانید
Mein Vater Kamal Foroughi ist ein 78-jähriger, britisch-iranischer Großvater. Er wird in einem iranischen Gefängnis gefangen gehalten. Seit mehr als sieben Jahren gilt für ihn ein Besuchsverbot und er hat keinen Zugang zu wichtiger medizinischer Versorgung. Amnesty International sagt, dass „seine Gesundheit sich verschlechtert und er spezielle medizinische Versorgung außerhalb des Gefängnisses benötigt“. Wir, seine Familie, leben in Großbritannien und haben schreckliche Angst, dass er bald sterben wird. Er ist einer der ältesten und einsamsten Gefangenen im Iran. Mein Vater wird seit Mai 2011 im Evin Gefängnis festgehalten. Er wurde ohne einen richterlichen Beschluss oder eine Erklärung festgenommen. 2013 wurde er der Spionage schuldig erklärt. Dabei handelt es sich um einen schrecklichen Irrtum. Mein Vater ist kein Spion, er ist ein Großvater, der gern Zeit mit seiner Familie und seinen Freunden verbringt, Tennis spielt oder Wimbledon-Spiele im Fernsehen ansieht. Es gab bis jetzt keinen einzigen Beweis, der seine Verurteilung rechtfertigen würde. Gefangene werden normalerweise wegen gutes Benehmens im Iran früh freigelassen. Vati kommt seit Januar 2014 jeden Tag für Entlassung in Frage, und sein Verhalten ist immer einwandfrei. Jedoch wird er trotz vieler Versprechen nicht freigelassen, und wir wissen nicht warum. Unsere Familie ist verunsichert. Mein Vater Kamal Foroughi hat uns seit mehr als sieben Jahren nicht gesehen und seine Enkelinnen hören nicht auf zu fragen, wann Opa nach Hause kommt. Bitte helfen Sie unseren Alptraum zu beenden. Unterschreiben Sie diese Petition und fordern Sie die britische Regierung und die Iranischen Behörden dazu auf, Kamal Foroughi nachhause zu bringen, zu seiner Familie. Damit er den Rest seines Lebens mit uns und in Frieden verbringen kann und wir uns um ihn kümmern können. Am Oberhaupt Ayatollah Khamenei, am Präsident Hassen Rouhani, am obersten Richter der Justiz Ayatollah Larijani, an Iran: Bitte zeigen Sie Mitgefühl und lassen Sie Großvater Kamal Foroughi nach Hause zu seiner Familie kommen. An den Britischen Premier Minister Theresa May undAn Federica Mogherini: Bitte behandeln Sie weiterhin den Fall von Großvater Kamal Foroughi mit höchster Priorität in Ihren Verhandlungen mit dem Iran.
Petition to devon county council
Stop fines for taking our children on holiday in term time
I am being taken to court on Wednesday 16th March 2016 for taking my 2 boys on a 5 day holiday in September 2015. They are 6 and 8. My husband and I work hard but are in no way at all well off. We couldn't afford the extortionate prices in the summer holidays so opted for a more affordable holiday just as they went back to school after the summer holidays. The government need to stop dictating what we can and can't do with our children. If your child works hard and attends school regularly then why shouldn't you all have quality time away with each other.
Petition to The UK Government
The UK Government: Please abandon your plans for a minimum income floor for self employed single parents
Many single parents are working hard in small self employed businesses. These take time to grow and are extremely valuable. The minimum income floor will impact thousands of single parent families and leave them unable to continue. Entrepreneurial single parents are a great role model for their children and being self employed gives single parents the flexibility to also be present and care for their own children.The introduction of a minimum income floor for self employed single parents will plunge so many hard working single parent families into either poverty or unemployment. Please think again and see the huge and valuable contribution that many thousands of single parents are making in being self employed and trying to create something for the future of their families.
Petition to Resident parents, Boris Johnson MP, UK Parliament, Welsh Government, Bournemouth Council
Change legislation to be able to claim all unpaid maintenance and enforce non-payments
Sadly we are in a generation of ‘no fault of their own single parents’ having to use a system that is failing resident parents and children. Sadly the non-resident parent feels that they will not contribute to the raising of their child/children and this in turn is putting resident parents and children into poverty and causing £££££ of unpaid maintenance which eventually is written off by the system. We need change, we need support and updated legislation to be able to make these non-paying parents accountable.
Petition to Marcial Boo Chief Executive of The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority
Give MPs Six Months Parental Leave
Stella Creasy MP is being forced to choose between being a mum, or being an MP due to outdated systems which do not recognise that MPs need parental leave too. In any other job this would be illegal.The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) makes no provision for any paid cover for what MPs do outside the parliamentary chamber: the campaigning, constituency casework and municipal work. This is about 80% of the work MPs do. If IPSA will not release these funds then MPs are either forced to return to work very quickly after giving birth, or their constituents miss out on representation. This was the case for Tulip Siddiq MP who had to return to doing casework three days after a C-section.Giving birth can be a traumatic experience for a woman's body and becoming a parent is a transformational and an exhausting adventure. Forcing female MPs to go back to work so quickly could have a negative impact on their mental and physical health and is a barbaric way to treat our female leaders. MPs need time to recover and time to bond with their new child. If we can't get this right within Parliament, how can we get this right for parents elsewhere?I founded the movement Pregnant then Screwed to put an end to the discrimination pregnant women and new mums face in the workplace. I was being discriminated against myself - I was sacked by my employer when I was 4 months pregnant. Together we are demanding that Marcial Boo, the Chief Executive of IPSA, create a budget for parental leave to ensure that MPs can take 6 months leave when they have a baby. This would bring MPs parental leave in line with their colleagues in the civil service.Thanks for your support
Petition to Educators & Parents
A Plea to All Educators / Parents to Teach Character Education to the Children
How I was transformed from a straight grade Fs student to grade As Student I recall fondly my younger days when I was in Primary and Secondary School. I lived in a 2-room rented flat and I was always playing marbles or catching spiders, always busy with every other playful pursuits but never any focus on my studies. My father, with very little education and an early immigrant from China. was too busy trying to earn a living and putting food on the table. My mother was illiterate and both my parents were not able to provide much support in my studies nor did they show any expectations that I must do well in school. I was 'left largely to my devices' and naturally, I did badly and eventually failed all my subjects in my O level. I started to feel I was stupid, thinking I am lousy and I had very low self-esteem. The day when I received my O level results, knowing that I have failed all my subjects was only just the beginning of the pain I felt then. The bigger blow was the news that my father was admitted to emergency care in the hospital for a 'ruptured vein' in the leg due to prolonged standing (my father was then selling and frying char kway teow). Luckily, the doctor saved my father but he had to be out of work for two months. My father was the only sole bread-winner in the family and without any financial support, we had difficulties making ends meet. I vividly remembered the moments when I was beaten by my mother for refusing to eat the cheap bean sprouts and soya sauce that were mixed with porridge. I was very lucky then that I visited the National Library and chanced upon motivational self-help books from motivational gurus like Norman Vincent Peale, Dr Wayne Dryer, Anthony Robbin etc. I was greatly inspired by their teachings and I set upon a steely resolve to work hard and 'changed my fate'. I learnt from the motivational gurus transformational attitudinal development skills-set that provides me the skills, knowledge and dispositions that enable me to manage self and make responsible decisions. With the right attitudinal skills-sets and a hungry mind for more learning, I acquired more essential study skills that eventually helped me to score distinctions in most of my subjects for my O level in the year that I repeated. I then moved on to do my Degree in NUS and obtained my Master's Degree from NTU. In retrospect, I would not have acquired that much of success academically if I had not learnt the attitudinal development skills-sets. My other friends who repeated the O level with me were not so interested in the motivational books that I read, and the repeated reprimands and 'forced practicing' on the assessment books did not help them much. All my other friends failed in their exams. Looking back at my friends and observing the many other underachieving students in many of our schools today, I believe these underachieving students (including my friends) would have achieved greater academic results if they have been taught the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - character strengths values such as grit, self-control, self-awareness, empathy, integrity etc - and these character strengths values can all be taught and facilitated in the classroom. “The most important scientific discovery about self-control is that it can be taught.”—Walter Mischel Many character education research overwhelmingly show the linkages among SEL, student outcomes, and school performance. Research done on the subject found out that students who receive character education have fewer incidences of disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and truancy. The positive environment that it bought to schools also increased attendance and has also brought about a significant improvement in academic performance of the students. We should now start to initiate a new character education movement , to urge our schools to take on a bigger and active role in character education for our children. From preschool classrooms to Secondary and higher learning classrooms, school leaders and teachers should put more emphasis on SEL as it helps to promote young people’s academic success, engagement, good behaviour, cooperation with others, problem-solving abilities, health, and well being, while also preventing a variety of problems such as truancy, alcohol and drug use, bullying, and violence. For too long, “academic grades and exams” have been emphasized, tested, and reported upon, but another essential aspect of a child’s education — social and emotional learning (SEL) — has been underemphasized or altogether forgotten — with serious consequences to children, schools, and communities. We applaud the recent announcements by MOE to reduce emphasis on grades and to emphasize more on holistic education and the other important success attributes such as character and values education.We see gradual changes in the Singapore's Education System but in too many classrooms and schools in Singapore, children are missing a critical piece of their education; character education is not yet systematically taught or not emphasized. In most classroom settings, students and their teachers focus on the cognitive elements of education, while other life skills are often absent from the in-school experience. We should urge more schools (not only in Singapore but for the benefit of all children in all parts of the world from preschool to primary to secondary) to prioritize SEL. SEL should be embedded throughout the curriculum, pedagogy, and the culture of a school and emphasized in our schools' educational goals. Please support our Character Education movement. SEL should become an integrated piece of the prekindergarten through Primary and Secondary education experience, considered as essential to education as reading, writing, and arithmetic. What our children learn from character education will be useful to them as they engage and interact with other people in society. For them to become upstanding members of their communities, they need to know the proper way to treat other people, and these are the things that they learn and understand through character education.
Petition to Nick Vines
Stop closure of crèche at Westcroft Leisure Centre
Being the main carer for a young child can be demanding and brings with it challenges to carve out time for oneself to which many parents can relate. With this in mind and the clear link between mental health and physical exercise, it is with disbelief that a decision has been made to close the crêche at Westcroft Leisure Centre due to its lack of use and the financial implications of such. We, the undersigned, would recognise that such a valuable service does not exist for financial gain in itself and that as a community commodity, the leisure centre managed by Everyone Active should either reconsider it's stance, provide alternative services and/or consult with its users to decide a satisfactory outcome for all. In closing the crèche, the leisure centre is cutting a service which allows well needed respite and access to leisure services to a large number of the community. This short sighted act goes against the Sutton borough's vision of encouraging a, physically and mentally, healthy community which in turn, will lead to strain on other services provided by the council. By signing this, we ask that the decision be revoked especially given that many users have signed up to this particular centre, paid membership in advance on the proviso that there is a working crèche in situ.