Petition to Mr. Usman Akhtar Bajwa, Mr. Arif Ahmed Khan, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
Let there be Equality, change the words From Women to Person in Pak Citizenship Act 1951.
At present, Pakistan Citizenship Act currently allows a Foreigner Women marrying a Pakistani Men to get Pakistani citizenship but not vice versa. Why a Foreigner Men marrying a Pakistani Women can't get Pakistani Citizenship in the same way? The Pakistani Citizenship Act, 1951, is discriminatory against Foreigner Men. We want to amend the Pakistan Citizenship Act, so that a Pakistani Women marrying a Foreign Husband should also be allowed Pakistani Citizenship in the same way like a Foreign Women married to Pakistani Men gets her Pakistani Citizenship. We want same laws for everyone irrespective of the gender. If marriage can give a right to Women to be a Citizen of Pakistan, hence, the same right shall be given to Men. Marriage is a merger of two person into one, then why should the our law discriminate it? We want the changes words from Women to Persons in the current Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951. Currently the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951, is as follows: Section 10. Married women.-(1) Any woman who by reason of her marriage to a [British subject] before the first day of January, 1949, has acquired the status of a British subject shall, if her husband becomes a citizen of Pakistan, be a citizen of Pakistan. (2) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (1) and subsection (4) a woman who has been married to a citizen of Pakistan or to a person who but for his death would have been a citizen of Pakistan under section 3, 4 or 5 shall be entitled, on making application therefore to the Federal Government in the prescribed manner, add, if she is an alien, on obtaining a certificate of domicile and taking the oath of allegiance in the form set out in the Schedule to this Act, to be registered as a citizen of Pakistan whether or not she has completed twenty-one years of her age and is of full capacity. (3) Subject as aforesaid, a woman who has been married to a person who, but for his death, could have been a citizen of Pakistan under the provisions of sub-section (1) of section 6 (whether the migrated is provided in that sub-section or is deemed under the proviso to section 7 to have so migrated) shall be entitled as provided in sub-section (2) subject further, if she is an alien, to her obtaining the certificate and taken the oath therein mentioned. (4) A person who has ceased to be citizen of Pakistan under section 14 or who has been deprived of citizenship of Pakistan under this Act shall not be entitled to be registered as a citizen thereof under this section but may be s registered with the previous consent of the Federal Government. This change if and when it happens will solve problems of many couples who are affected by this. They can live a happy married life and can focus to make our Country a better place to live in the World.
Petition to Amber Rudd MP
PLEASE ALLOW KERRY-ANNE TO STAY IN THE UK
Kerry-Anne Herselman is a 30-year South African woman. She is at risk of being removed by the Home Office to a country where she has nobody to look after her and nowhere to stay. Kerry, who came on an Ancestral Visa, has been living with Kathryn Marshall, her 57-year- old British mother since her arrival in the UK in 2010. I am Kerry’s aunt and I have launched this petition on behalf of her to call on the Home Office to grant Kerry leave to remain in the UK. Both Kerry and her mother suffered horrific abuse because of family violence over many years in South Africa. Kerry was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and because of the abuse she suffered is now unable to cope with normal life. She spent the first few years after she arrived in the UK mostly in her room due to chronic depression and even now seldom goes out. Her psychologist's assessment states that she would be unable to cope with a job without having had intensive treatment and the support of her mother. She also has multiple chemical sensitivity which prevents her from going out. Even having to travel to report to the immigration office using public transport has rendered her ill for days, and her doctor wrote to the immigration department asking that they reduce the number of times she had to do this, which they agreed to. The Immigration department have stated that if Kerry is afraid of suffering further abuse should she go back to South Africa, she could go and live in another town in South Africa and communicate with her family in the UK online; I submit if she did this she would easily be able to be found via social media and her life would be put in danger. In addition to this, her mother, who is a British citizen, would have to give up her job here and return to a dangerous and uncertain future in order to support and take care of her. Kerry and her mother have been threatened with a firearm by an abusive family member in South Africa on many occasions; the police were called on numerous occasions and had to remove the firearm for their safety. She and her mother have had to be sheltered on numerous occasions by other family members. This abusive family member even engaged a private detective to find them on one occasion. Because of her situation, Kerry’s mother has had to work to support both of them on a minimum wage, so there is no money to launch a judicial review. She also has to pay off considerable debt arising from Kerry's application for the right to remain in the UK, which has failed. They are also unable to raise enough money for airfares and accommodation in South Africa. Kerry has a brother in South Africa, but he is not likely to want to help as the abusive family member would easily find her there as he lives nearby and has regular contact with her brother. Kerry-Anne would not have the money to access medical care in South Africa. There is no public health system to speak of and private health care costs are astronomical. The immigration department based one of their decisions on the fact that Kerry Anne had received medical treatment in South Africa in the past, but this was when she was a child and was able to access this through her father's private medical insurance. This would definitely no longer apply as she is an adult. Kerry-Anne is very close to her other brother who lives just down the road with his British partner and their young daughter, as well as to other members of her extended family here in the UK. We have a social responsibility to take care of our vulnerable loved ones and I am asking the UK Home Office to use compassion in allowing Mrs. Herselman to take care of her daughter in her time of need. UK immigration have said Kerry-Anne is not entitled by law to remain in the UK and is to return to South Africa with immediate effect, where she will not be able to get a job or take care of herself in any way, and where in my opinion her life would be in danger.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Theresa May, Justine Greening, Philip Hammond
Help the Yazidi women and girls kidnapped by ISIS
My name is Rozin, I'm a 17 year old Yazidi girl living in Coventry. I came here with my family in 2008 when it became too dangerous for us in Iraq. More than 3,000 Yazidi women and girls have been kidnapped by ISIS in Northern Iraq. They have been raped and tortured by their captors. Last week three girls, who managed to escape, visited London and told their stories. Now that we have heard the stories of what is happening to these girls, we must help them. There is a lot that the UK Government can do, that's why I have started this petition. When I hear what has happened to these girls I cry. It is my worst nightmare. I know girls as young as 12 have been taken. If I was there now I would be so so scared. Many girls have managed to escape but they are scattered in refugee camps and getting little help. They are scared and traumatised, some are pregnant. They need medical help, psychological support and rehabilitation. Last year Angelina Jolie came to London and the UK Government held a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The Government promised to "provide greater support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children". We must ask the UK Government to keep their promise. Germany has offered some help and brought some of the girls there to recover. I am asking Home Secretary Theresa May, Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, and Foreign Minister Philip Hammond to meet with me and the Yazidi community in the UK and prepare an action plan. These girls may seem far away, but they need our help. Every Yazidi woman and girl living in Iraq and Syria is in danger, the entire community lives in desperation. If no-one speaks up for them who will help them? My dream is to be a lawyer and to spend my life fighting injustice. That starts today. Please sign my petition for the Yazidi girls.
Petition to Mr. Andrew Holness - Jamaica Prime Minister
Preventing Violence Against Women and Children
My name is Maxine McFarlane-Ojuederie. I am trying to challenge the Jamaica Government and people to prevent violence against women and children. It is seen that violence against women and children is a major public health concern. Violence is also known to be a threat to all people, however women and children are highly at risk as they are given less rights and often no means of protection. It is a fact that particular types of violence are deemed socially or legally acceptable in some societies, this on numerous occasions put both women and children at risk. I was born in Jamaica and migrated to the United Kingdom December 20, 2001. I would like to be able to visit the country in which I was born along with my children without fearing for our safety. People from all over the world should feel safe whenever they visit Jamaica on vacation with their family members. I have lived in Jamaica for over 20 years, therefore, I know that Jamaican women and children have over the years been victims of major crime and violence of various kinds. The killing of our women and children have been lowering our Jamaica values and standards. Physical and sexual abuse should have no place in our societies. These issues are preventing Jamaica from moving forward locally and internationally. A change in the way our women and children are treated will promote empowerment. The Jamaica Government need to bring greater attention to violence. The victims need legal representations. Institutional biased against women need to be revised. Our women and children need to be educated. And at the same time gender equality need to be practice in our schools. In effect, crime and violence set back a nation. Measures to combat these issues are the key. The victims need access to help and support. Women and children are valuable people within our societies and need looking after. Our mothers and children are our country’s power, without them a country has no foundation. A change in the way in which Jamaican women and children are treated can make this world a better place in which we all live.
Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament
50:50 Parliament want a more gender balanced, representative Parliament. Join us!
In Parliament men outnumber women by more than 2:1, there are 208 women MPs and 442 men. Only 12 extra women were elected to Westminster after the 2017 general election, at this rate it will take 50 years to get a truly equal and representative Parliament. 50:50 aspire to a modern Parliament consisting of around 50% men and 50% women. Our target is clear because what gets measured gets managed. This is a majority issue, women are the majority in life but the minority in Parliament. If Parliament is inaccessible to women many others must and do face hurdles too. One way or another this needs sorting. If you agree then say so and SIGN. Let's build a better and more representative democracy together! This is what our petition letter to the party leaders says: "Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament, We need a more gender balanced House of Commons, around 50:50 men and women. Please collaborate and do something: debate and take action to make Parliament more gender balanced, like life." Our petition is not prescribing the solutions but asking those with the power to take action. This is a historic democratic deficit and institutional imbalance that needs to be addressed. An inclusive, gender balanced Parliament would lead to more responsive and informed decision making, everyone would benefit. 50:50 Parliament also aim to inspire, support and encourage political participation with our #AskHerToStand campaign. Let's get 117 more women to Westminster at the next election. If you know a woman who would make a good MP then ask her to stand, 50:50 is here to help, see http://www.5050parliament.co.uk/askhertostand/. All political parties agree that a gender balanced Parliament would be better, see this video clip here, so SIGN to ask for action. For more information and to join 50:50 go to www.5050Parliament.co.uk. 50:50 Parliament is an inclusive, cross party, non-partisan campaign. To read more about why this matters and the many solutions see the 50:50 Parliament submission to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Inquiry here. Only 325 women MPs are needed for a 50:50 Parliament which amounts to 1 in every 100,000 women which is great, because clearly politics might not appeal to everyone, but it might suit 1 in 100,000 women and our country needs them. Two comments on the petition say it all: Helen "Apart from the obvious injustice we are in no position to under-utilise so much talent”- Helen, “If the institution of Parliament discourages women to participate, it is the institution that needs to change.” – Malcolm. Add your voice and make a comment on the 50:50 petition. Join us in asking for action concerning this pressing democratic issue. Thank you. Frances, Sadaf, Brian, Tina, Charlie and Nathalie #5050Parliament Team 50:50 Key Links: For more information see www.5050Parliament.co.uk 50:50 submission to Women & Equalities Select Committee Become a 50:50 Ambassador - fill in the form online Stand to become an MP! 50:50 want to support you see #AskHerToStand Like - facebook.com/5050Parliament Follow on Twitter - @5050Parliament See 50:50 Films - 50:50 Parliament on YouTube Buy campaign merch at - 50:50 Parliament Shop 50:50 in the News: Parliament agrees there is a "serious democratic deficit" and #5050Parliament says "There are some great women out there, so let’s start asking them to stand" The Guardian The Guardian reports on launch of #5050Parliament #AskHerToStand campaign "Gender parity among MPs at risk of stalling, say women's groups" Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News supports #5050Parliament in The Telegraph 50:50 Parliament in Marie Claire #IWD2016 50:50 Parliament profiled in The Telegraph, 50:50 Parliament - Huffington Post, Evening Standard The Guardian 50:50 Parliament - Star on Parliamentary TV at Women & Equalities Committee Oral Evidence Session #StripTees 50:50 Key Blogs: Women our Parliament Still Needs You Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament! Family Friendly Parliament Tax on Tampons Is the Tip of the Iceberg Obama says Tampon Tax Is Because ‘Men Were Making the Laws’ Carey Mulligan Demonstrates Support for 50:50Parliament at the Premier of 'Suffragette' 50:50 Films: 50:50 Ambassadors Campaign Video Carey Mulligan supporting 50:50 Parliament at Suffragette Premier & Sisters Uncut Demo Paloma Faith Supporting 50:50 Parliament Gemma Arterton Supporting 50:50 Parliament MPs Supporting #5050Parliament Campaign #5050Parliament at Feminism in London 2015 #5050Parliament at WOW Festival 2015
Petition to Theresa May MP
Make MPs accountable for sexual harassment
The sexual assault and harassment allegations in Westminster have appalled us all. Theresa May has called for a culture of respect at Parliament and both she proposed a code of conduct and better complaints procedures. These are useful steps, but more can be done to hold politicians to account. As an employment lawyer, I've worked with women who have reported abuse in Westminster and seen politicians not held to account. For example, we worked with women who made sexual misconduct claims against Lord Rennard. The investigation in 2013 concluded that there was not enough evidence for disciplinary action and that Lord Rennard should reflect on his conduct, apologise, and consider changing his behaviour in the future. Lord Rennard did not even apologise. The Equality Act 2010 can be used to hold sexual predators to account in the workplace. Crown employees and Parliamentary staff can sue if they are sexually harassed by an MP. Most do not complain though and unpaid volunteers are not covered. Further, where a female MP is the victim of sexual harassment by a male MP, currently she cannot sue the MP predator. MPs and Lords are immune as "office holders" in a "political office". That is one of the key reasons why sexual harassment is so prominent at Westminster. It is why I'm calling to remove the exemption. Other officer-holders like civil servants, police officers, and Parliamentary staff can be held accountable under the Equality Act. By making the exemption, politicians legislated that their own harassing conduct against female MPs could not be challenged - the male MPs made themselves unaccountable under the Act. Please sign my petition to make this happen and to empower (female) MPs who are the victims of sexual harassment by other MPs or Lords. Equally, it is wrong that male MPs who are sexually harassed are also unprotected.
Petition to Amber Rudd, Theresa May PM, Jeremy Corbyn, Caroline Lucas MP
Please create a legal exclusionary zone outside of abortion clinics
Last November over a million people watched a video of a woman confronting protesters outside an abortion clinic. I was shocked that it is legal for people to protest and have recording equipment so close to the entrance of these clinics. Abortion is not illegal in the UK and nor should it be. Women should be able to visit these clinics without fear, harassment or intimidation. It can be hard to go through those doors, let alone if you have to get past protestors. It is up to the pregnant woman to decide what she does about her pregnancy. Those decisions need to be made in private and not with a group of protesters filming and/or hounding her. An exclusion zone stopping protesting just outside these clinics would protect women accessing their rights and would stop this demonstrations escalating even further. Please sign this petition calling on all the parties to commit to changing the law to set exclusion zones to stop protesting outside abortion clinics. Thank you
Petition to Independent Police Complaints Commission, Police and Crime Commissioner West Mercia and Gloucestershire Police
Making Police Accountable for failing victims of sexual crime.
Below is an account of my journey for justice. I have encountered some appalling treatment and institutional failings which have at times seemed unbearable. I want to instigate real learning and change and at the heart of achieving that I must make people accountable. Not just individuals officers but also the management above. There has been a tide of change in victims finding their voice and feeling able to come forward. What meets them on the other side needs to reflect this change and their needs. Help me speak up and start a conversation which leads to people listening, learning and changing. I am a victim of a sexual crime and in an attempt to gain some justice and closure I reported it to my local police. What then ensued has been a almost three year journey I had not anticipated. West Mercia Police took my initial statement but early on I identified a officer from Gloucestershire Police who I had asked for help and did nothing. So suddenly it became a conduct matter and my initial complaint became sidelined. The Chief Inspector who was at the time head of their Professional Standards Department within Gloucestershire Police was tasked with my case dismissive and unhelpful in his approach. A defining moment came when he made this comment...... He was trying to illustrate the levels of sanctions he could use. At the top failure to do your job in a public office. At the bottom a management meeting which effectively is a slap on the wrist and words of advice. He went on to give this example : It's a bit like police officers visiting prostitutes, we don't encourage it but they are entitled to a private life so we would just offer words of advice. I was devastated, this was from the person who had read my statement which contained horrific details, which now he was comparing to prostitutes. All my faith and trust in that moment was gone. I withdrew my complaint that day, writing to Suzette Davenport Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police to make her aware of my reasons. The investigation continued and in the course of interview the officer who had protected the perpetrator lied. He acknowledge I had told him but lied about what happened next. It became clear he was protected. I was sure I could provide evidence to support he had lied so did just that. 2 other officers from the same force were prepared to give evidence in my favour but they refused to interview them. Still they dismissed my complaint protected him. Eventually they found in his favour. But things just didn't add up and I referred the matter to the IPCC initially it was upheld and an investigation ensued. When they contacted Gloucestershire PSD department initially the Chief Inspector was on leave and the investigation could not be found. His colleagues had no knowledge of it's existence. When he returned he filed paperwork retrospectively. Eventually the IPCC did not upheld the complaint. I was then told by them if he has lied and you can prove it get your own evidence, interview people yourself and comeback with everything. At this point I met a Chief Inspector from West Mercia Police who offered to help. He looked at all that had happened and challenged the other force. I asked for help from my local MP and she added to the growing concern. As it now appeared there was a conflict of interest it was passed to another force, Wiltshire Police. Within that investigation it was decided that what was needed was an Independent Inquiry headed by the IPCC. Also to go back and look at the initial complaint which had never been investigated and was overshadowed by the issues within Gloucestershire Police. So the two began. Within the course of West Mercia's investigation other victims were identified and there was a reluctance to interview them for fear of re traumatising them. After discussion between myself and the Chief Inspector leading the team and I illustrated the benefits I saw it was agreed this would be done in sensitive, gentle manner using trained professionals in this field to ensure the safety and well being of the other victims. Sadly this did not happen. Someone from their team deemed it appropriate to phone as they lived a distance away and discuss their experiences over the phone. As the conversation went on they also identified me. Appalling for both them and me. Anonymity for life should protect victims of sexual offences. This officer said nothing, didn't report it either to their team or the team who had been tasked with my protection. I found out after they looked for me on Facebook and their family member made contact. I was devastated not only had I been identified but that was also being shared. No-one has been made accountable. I have been through their complaints procedure and West Mercia maintain it is okay to identify myself as victim, they just can't publish it. They did however upheld they should have told their protection team. I find this confusing, if you did nothing wrong why tell them? The lead Chief Inspector had no knowledge until I contacted him and then took days to investigate. Then a reply yes that had happened but the excuse was his officer had felt backed into a corner on the telephone so identified me. The fallout was immense and both myself and family were put in danger whilst under their protection. Not surprisingly both victims did not want to give further evidence. Their initial statements were to be used. The IPCC investigation is ongoing it has lead to a ACC on misconduct charges ( allowed to retire in process ) Chief Inspector on Gross Misconduct charges ( suspended the allowed to retire ) and Chief Inspector on Gross misconduct still in post and promoted to Superintendent in process. Because of the nature of the initial complaint their identity and the existence of the investigation have been hid throughout. West Mercia were given this investigation by the IPCC in an attempt to restore my faith in the police and ensure the initial complaint was investigated. After my being identified the case was promptly closed. West Mercia you failed me. You failed to protect me at a time when you were on notice for all the failings within Gloucestershire. You failed the other victims too. It was highly inappropriate to contact them in that way. You should have done that face to face using your specifically trained officers to gain their trust and offer support. The Sexual Abuse Inquiry is looking at how organisations have failed victims. In the media it is being portrayed as problems in the deep recesses of our nations past. As a victim who has been going through this process in the last almost three years I can tell you they still exist. One of the officers at the very heart of Gloucestershire Police failings was a head Mason, did this effect the handling? Only time will tell when the IPCC reach their conclusion. Change will only come with people speaking up. Making people accountable. Challenging their actions. So please help me start.....