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Petition to Uganda Gover, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga


ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. ONE MORE ACID ATTACK IS WAY TOO MANY. My name is Hanifa Nakiryowa, the founder of the Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and burns Violence (CERESAV). I suffered this horrendous act of human terrorism in 2011, 3 months after quitting an abusive marriage. It is now six years since that Acid Attack that changed my entire life, dreams, and hopes. It has been six years of crying out for an end to this inhumane form of violence. Acid Attack Violence is a form of Gender Based Violence that disproportionately affects women like me and children like my seven-year-old daughter, who sustained burns, and my 10-year-old daughter, who witnessed it all as it happened. It has been six years and it still happens today as it did six years ago. Seeing another human being victimized by the same Acid Attack Violence brings me the worst memories. It traumatizes my children who witnessed my own attack and live with it every day of their lives and will live with it for the rest of their lives. They put up with the bullies trying to defend my identity everywhere they go. My children need a chance to be children. All children need a chance to be young and only young. They don't deserve to go through this form of invisible victimization. It is time for us to embark on a rigorous advocacy campaign in Uganda to have the Acid attack Violence Control Bill passed so we can have no more Victims. Together we can save the next victim. Let us together spread this awareness. Please, Help us share this sensitization video on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram until we attract the attention required to bring the change. We have accomplished a lot together. We have shown love together. We have shared great ideas together. Up to this point, we are still standing together. You have demonstrated a priceless sense of humanity by continuing to stand with us. NOW IS THE TIME TO STAND TOGETHER EVEN STRONGER to call on the PARLIAMENT OF UGANDA to take action.We have done our part.Let us pressure them to do their part too! TOGETHER WE SIGNED THE TOXIC CHEMICALS PROHIBITION AND CONTROL BILL PETITION TO VICTORY. TOGETHER WE CAN SPREAD THE AWARENESS AND GET THIS PETITION SIGNED TO VICTORY. SincerelyHanifa Nakiryowa, On Behalf of the CERESAV Team

7,820 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to University of Brighton

Refund for vulnerable student facing homelessness after Uni of Brighton discriminate

To explain my situation to you I first need to give you a bit of a back story. It had always been my dream to studying mental health nursing after years of firsthand experience. I was offered a place at University of Brighton and they soon became my first choice due to the vibrant and accepting nature of the city.  To study here I left behind a socially rented flat, which I had spent thousands furnishing, selling off my possessions at a fraction of the cost so that I wouldn't need to pay for storage. I left my previous home in Hampshire behind and moved into student halls on a 50 week contract. At a point in the first academic year I noticed myself becoming unwell from the pressure of a nursing degree, noticing this I decided to intermit my studies until 2018. As a disabled student and care leaver I was advised I would be allowed to stay in halls on an intermission as long as I was able to pay rent.  At the end of March this year I lost a close friend to suicide, this sent my own mental health rocketing downwards and I was soon hospitalised on a psychiatric ward to keep myself safe. During that first admission to a psychiatric ward I paid my instalment of £1,611.43 to cover April to Mid June, a payment I resented having had my NHS bursary and Student Finance stopped due to intermitting. Nonetheless, I paid to keep my contract secure so that I had a home to go back to upon discharge. I have spent the majority of April and May in hospital, four admissions broken up to a few days spent at home in between. Three days after my most recent discharge I was given 4 weeks notice to leave, on the premise that the university are unable to support me. This might seem caring, however I have the following points to argue. -I paid for halls, getting myself into debt in my overdraft, whilst not actually able to occupy them due to my mental health requiring hospitalisation. I paid this for the security of having somewhere to live as I don't have family to support me. -The university could have decided at any point from my first admission at the beginning of April, that they were unable to support me. They have sat on their hands taking my money until my most recent discharge. Had they given this decision sooner I would be in a considerably less fragile financial situation currently, as well as potentially having been discharged into new suitable accommodation, rather than returning home only later to be burdened by further mental health compromising stress of facing homelessness. -The university may argue it is my best interests that I can live somewhere with more support. However, they fail to notice that many people presenting as homeless to their councils end up in B&Bs, hostels etcetera far away from their original address and often surrounded by other people who cannot maintain tenancies for other reasons (violence, addictions, anti-social behaviour). Not to insult anyone who does end up in that situation because of the formerly mentioned things, but this is not a good environment to be in when you're particularly vulnerable and fighting suicidal thoughts every day. -My mental health has been severely impacted by losing a close friend to suicide, leading to my hospitalisations which the university are using as evidence I should leave my current accommodation in halls. This feels tactless, harsh and cold, I feel as if I am being penalised for my friend dying. So, ultimately, I would like the university to refund me the full amount of £1,611.43 that I paid in April. As the university rather than supporting me, are making me homeless. I paid that instalment of money for peace of mind and to secure my accommodation whilst unable to actually stay there. I believe they have handled the situation poorly, simply to cover their own backs so that they do not have to worry about one of their students committing suicide on campus. Finally, I feel like my notice to leave is an act of discrimination, as I do not believe they would ask someone to leave after being physically unwell.   

Sophie Scurlock
1,634 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Theresa May, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Jeremy Hunt, Mencap , Scope, Ageuk

Introduce the Care Cap Urgently

Open letter to Sir David Behan (CEO) of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)Dear Sir,The Government may well shoot itself in the foot through it's own legislation and regulators........I could really use some advice from a legal expert but ... The Health and Social Care Act (2012) transferred powers to parliament whereas the previous system saw that ministers were able to set up new organisations etc.. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulate care providers to ensure standards set out within this legislation are carried out.To date, The CQC will not set a definite ratio of patients to carers and I personally have seen and worked in places that were seriously and dangerously understaffed.Regulation 18 (CQC) staffing - states that "Providers must not act in a way that prevents, limits or would result in staff not meeting requirements required by professional regulators". Staff shortages and lack of training and experience causes serious errors. You only need to look at the safeguarding concerns that have been raised to the CQC and the causes. Staff are set a "living wage" of £7.50 ph whilst also paying at local level an increase in council tax rates towards a social care system that is thread bare. It is not very well known but is understood and believed that if an act of Parliament breaches the convention rights of the human rights act (HRA, 1998) then the courts can decide that an act of legislation is no longer compatible. The Health and Social Care Act (2012) recognises and states that "Demand is growing rapidly as the population ages and long-term conditions become more common" yet Parliament allowed and accepted the 2017 budget of £2 billion over three years to go to our social care system whilst delaying the Care cap until 2020 for the elderly, disabled and vulnerable who have to pay for their care. The HRA, 1998 article 8 breaches include "being treated badly in a care home" I am therefore openly recommending to all carers and families that they report understaffing, lack of training, financial abuse (that pesky care cap) and any issues directly to the CQC. Almost every care home should be placed on "Special Measures" immediately Sincerely and Respectfully Miss Sarah Wiles

Loughborough Hope
17 supporters