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women

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Update posted 6 days ago

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.

Rozin Khalil
341,536 supporters
Started 7 days ago

Petition to Universities UK

Universities UK: take harrassment, sexual violence and hate crimes on campus seriously

Universities UK- introduce guidelines for Universities to make their discipline process victim-centred and to administer harsher punishments for perpetrators of harrassment, hate crimes and sexual violence. Universities have a vital role in the development of its students during their time studying, as well as ensuring their health and safety. However, upon being assaulted on my University campus on the 11th March this year, I felt neither were true. A male student on a sports social violently smashed his skull into the bridge of my nose in an unprovoked attack; instantly breaking it and causing tissue damage. My University's disciplinary process took over three and a half months to administer his punishment, which amount to: a letter of apology, a few hours of his time on an alcohol awareness course and a ban from two University bars. This was despite sufficient evidence for police to keep him in a cell overnight random pleading guilty to assault and actual bodily harm. I've been informed it's only a possibility the assault will even be used in his University reference and I had no formal way to influence it nor hear of the process's progression. His punishment barely constitutes a slap on the wrist, especially considering at the time I was an elected Students' Union Officer, meaning the University Campus was also my place of full-time work and being on their payroll. This is compared to regular expulsions, fines and suspensions for academic misconduct such as plagiarism and forging sick notes. My nose is scarred permanently from where the force of his skull struck the bridge of my nose, breaking the skin. It remains crooked and hooked despite it being painfully re-broken. I am waiting for further surgery to correct the damage he caused and I can still no longer breathe or smell as normal. However, the mental impact this ordeal has resulted in far exceeds the physical. It caused me to take three weeks off work, an abundance of stress, anxiety and sleepless nights; all exacerbated by the inadequate and shoddy process of punishment. My partner had to take unpaid time off work to look after me and take me to appointments and all the money spent on medication and taxi journeys is yet to be reimbursed despite my request. Students across the country are failed by their Universities only deeming academic misconduct worthy of suspension or expulsion. Women across the country are being failed by lad culture and the consequential acts of violence it cultivates. Society as a whole is failed by violence and harrassment going unpunished. Whilst a student, I was told students there were "the leaders of tomorrow". But if the leaders of tomorrow are being taught that they can violently assault women and not face any real consequences, what kind of tomorrow is being created? Universities UK- introduce guidelines for Universities to make their discipline process victim-centred and able to administer far harsher punishments for harrassment, hate crimes and sexual violence.

Megan McGrath
2,809 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

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

Frances Scott and the 50:50 Parliament Team
52,814 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Damien Hinds MP

To make it compulsory to teach 'consent' within secondary school PSHE/Sex Education classes.

Consent in sexual relations has to be given on every occasion. However, consent is multi-layered, not always understood. This is due to imbalanced and misinformed media coverage and lack of education around the topic. This has led to what is known as rape myths which fuels sexual violence[1]. Examples of rape myths include: They were drunk, so cannot complain They were dressed provocatively and were asking for it Only girls/women get raped[2] These examples are common rape myths, which, are not only devastating in protecting victims of sexual assault/rape, but also allow the perpetrators to get away with it. Consequently, this sees only 5.7% of all rape/sexual assault cases prosecuted every year in the UK[3] Consent should be taught at a young age so children are aware and have an informed discussion on this. [1] Rape Crisis England and Wales ˜Rape Myths™ Available online at: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/mythsvsrealities.php                                                                [2] Ibid                                                                                                                            [3] Rape Crisis England and Wales Statistics Available online at: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/statistics.php

Stephanie Nixon
279 supporters