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The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. 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 April 2018 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! David Cameron accepted that removing sanitary tax will be "very difficult to do but I'll have to go away and have a look and come back to you”. Well Mr Cameron, it’s time for a response. We need to know why the Government still taxes sanitary 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. George Osborne, 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 Stop taxing periods around the world, and join our sister campaigns! Active campaigns:Australia: http://goo.gl/AcHazaFrance: http://goo.gl/vp8v6MGermany: https://goo.gl/AOZdVMHomeless shelters: http://thehomelessperiod.comItaly: https://goo.gl/ZqEhQLMalaysia: http://goo.gl/50BRJsSouth Africa: https://goo.gl/O0TtILUnited States of America: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-state-legislators-stop-taxing-our-periods-periodThe World: http://goo.gl/QPlwer SUCCESSFUL campaigns:Canada: http://goo.gl/icmA9x News Coverage:The BBC: http://goo.gl/NyJH5yITV News: http://goo.gl/yDeJfMThe Guardian: http://goo.gl/lDWFMPThe Independent: http://goo.gl/G10lavThe Telegraph: http://bit.ly/1lzUaOp and http://goo.gl/t4QXFm and http://goo.gl/nf6Tdn The NewStatesman: http://goo.gl/UanXlI Marie Claire Magazine: May issue 2015 and http://goo.gl/l0CW8BGlamour Magazine: http://goo.gl/RzBul1Cosmopolitan: http://goo.gl/Pe3JVHDazed and Confused: http://goo.gl/mKxsvZHuffington Post: huff.to/1DbXWZx The Fabian Society: http://bit.ly/1pGujbnThe Daily Mash: http://goo.gl/YzBNpEBuzzfeed: http://goo.gl/lFkMid and http://goo.gl/Ls6LB9 and http://goo.gl/yaNj54The Mirror: http://goo.gl/kagtrHThe Metro: http://goo.gl/juX2vNYahoo: http://bit.ly/1nA1Y2jThe Female Lead: goo.gl/HYM0yD Politics Home: http://goo.gl/bNd1L8Bad Housekeeping: http://bit.ly/XLnuMrVocativ: http://bit.ly/V4wQkS Women's Views on News: http://bit.ly/1uw0xYkBristol Women's Voice: http://bit.ly/1oMnS7jIndependent projects: http://www.luxuriouslytaxable.com/ 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.
Petition to Dr Arif Rajpura, Councillor Simon Blackburn
Save Blackpool Breastfeeding Support
For the last 10 years, new families in Blackpool have benefited from a fantastic local breastfeeding peer support service. These peer supporters – breastfeeding mums themselves – have provided information and support with breastfeeding to pregnant women, and new mothers in the hospital after birth, and via phone and home visits and for up to 8 weeks, as part of the commissioned service. Infant feeding coordinators have also made sure that the service is fully integrated into the health service, and they have trained health visitors and others in the community, leading to a Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative award. The integrated service has also been recognised as "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission. The service has helped to bring about a shift in attitudes towards breastfeeding in the local area, and since it began there has been a 50% increase in the number of babies who are breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks. Now all this is about to be lost – Blackpool Council have decided that the service will end on 30 June 2017. There will be no commissioned peer supporters and the community infant feeding co-ordinator role is also to be terminated. The council say that health visitors can provide the same level of support to mothers, but this will be impossible. Health visitors only see mums from 10 days after birth – by which time many will have given up on breastfeeding without the valuable help they would have got in hospital and at home from the breastfeeding peer supporters. Breastfeeding rates – already low in Blackpool – are bound to fall, leading to increased costs for the local NHS services as more babies visit doctors and hospitals. We, the undersigned, call on Blackpool Council to reverse the decision to end this amazing peer support service, which has helped thousands of local mums. Help support our campaign by following us on facebook
Petition to UK Fashion and Textile Association
Make clothing mannequins that represent us
Clothing mannequins are often too thin. Some portray unrealistic body sizes/shapes that are unhealthy if not impossible to achieve. It promotes serious self-esteem issues and eating disorders. We should feel beautiful without sacrificing our health. This is a call for clothing retailers to step up take responsibility and move towards using mannequins that: would fall in the healthy BMI category: A recent study found mannequin bodies to be "representative of a severely underweight woman" represent diverse shapes and sizes of the human body: even within the healthy range, there is huge variation so why suggest we should all look the same with one uniform mannequin build? Why change? It effects men and women but young girls are particularly vulnerable. Eating disorders are one type of a serious condition that can be fuelled by the image of mannequins Physical AND mental health are at risk and this could easily be avoided Barbies with more realistic figures have been developed. Why can't we do the same with the bodies that display the very clothes we wear? For more information, read my story on BBC3 or watcg my video on BBC radio 5 live
Petition to Stephen Sharpe, Life CEO, Philip Hammond MP
Demand that Life repay the £250,000 donation from tampon tax funds
We the undersigned request that the anti-abortion charity Life repay the British tax payer the full amount donated to them from the Tampon Tax fund. We do not agree with the biased agenda of this charity, nor the pseudo-science it uses to back up its claims, and believe this was a wholly inappropriate allocation for these funds which should be reversed with immediate effect. The Tampon Tax is already controversial which has been discussed elsewhere, but the donation of these funds to an organisation that actively opposes women's freedoms and bodily autonomy is nothing short of an insult to every one of us who has paid this non-optional tax. As has been pointed out in the media, this money would be better spent providing sanitary products for those who can't afford them to ensure their periods don't hold them back from participating in school and work. In short, we who pay the tampon tax and our friends and allies oppose this donation and demand that Life pay it back for redistribution to charities who support choice, freedom and equality. To read more about this issue Google "Tampon Tax Life" or search on the BBC and Independent websites.