Petition to SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EDUCATION, Justeen Greening
Add PMDD to the Sex Education Curriculum
I have PMDD. And I had no idea for 10 years. I tried everything for what I thought was depression; counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, diet changes, meditation. All of these helped, but still every now and again I'd feel so hopeless I wanted to walk into traffic. After a while I noticed a pattern. I would only feel like this in the two weeks prior to my period. I thought I was crazy, that other women were able to handle PMS and function normally so I must be exaggerating, or be weaker than other women. Then I read about PMDD. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is symptomized by depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, join pain, swelling, rage, mood swings, insomnia and exhaustion. Recent scientific research has concluded PMDD is a cell disorder which makes sufferers react differently to natural hormones estrogen and progesterone. It affects 3 - 5 % of the menstruating population. That's over 100,000 women in the UK alone. Presently 3 - 5% of teenage girls in our school system are suffering with PMDD, through lack of education and understanding they may, just as I did, feel confused and alone with their symptoms. We ask the Secretary of State for Education to include educating young people about PMDD in the curriculum. We want these women to get the help and understanding they need (and deserve) as early as possible.
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The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. WE WON! 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 2022 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! Our new petition can also be signed here to help reduce this deadline date. Period! We need to make sure we no longer tax period 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. Philip Hammond, 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 Sister petitions:Axe #TamponTax before 2022!End Period PovertyDrop Period Prices 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 United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States, Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Help Prevent Maternal Death in the United States
Annually in the US, 700-900 women die as a result of pregnancy and 65,000 almost die. It is estimated that 60% of these deaths are avoidable. The creation of a federal oversight body, similar to the NTSB, would reduce the incidence of maternal death. We are looking for a change. And we need your voice. We need the voice of everyone you know to demand change. It is our mission to collect 1,000,000 signatures to take to our nation’s capital and speak on behalf of all the women who have needlessly died giving birth. In 1986, the CDC began collecting and studying data, voluntarily submitted, from all 50 states and the cities of Washington, DC. and New York City. CDC scientists analyse the information for cause and risk factors, releasing the data through its website and in peer-reviewed literature, in order to help healthcare professionals understand and address the factors leading to maternal death. In 1987, the number of reported pregnancy-related deaths in the US was 7.2 per 100,000. In 2013, this rate had climbed to 17.3 per 100,000. And the news was much worse if you happen to be black. When broken down along racial lines, black women had a pregnancy-related death rate of 43.5 per 100,000. The higher incidence of death among black women is not well understood. It is known that the leading cause of death among those reported in the years 2011, 2012, and 2013 was cardiovascular disease. In the black community, there is a higher incidence of high blood pressure which affects them at an earlier age than non-blacks and is more severe. What is not known is how significantly, if at all, this relates to maternal death. The statistics surrounding pregnancy-related mortality in the US are best classified as guesstimates. This is largely due to the inconsistent data collection from state to state and the voluntary reporting system. But there is one thing that we do know. The pregnancy-related death rate in the United States is on the rise, whereas in all other developed countries in the world, it is declining. The World Health Organization definition of the “pregnancy-related death ratio” differs from the CDC. The WHO limits the time definition to within 42 days following the termination of pregnancy, while the CDC measures this up to 1 year from the end of the pregnancy. This accounts for the larger number in US pregnancy-related death rate reported by the CDC versus the number reported by the WHO. But it does not alter the fact that for a country that purports to have the best healthcare in the world, the US has the highest number of women dying as a result of pregnancy in the developed world. A small sample of those numbers published by the WHO from 2000 and 2015: Australia - 9 in 2000 and down to 6 in 2015; Canada - 9 in 2000 and down to 7 in 2015; France - 12 in 2000 and down to 8 in 2015; Italy - 5 in 2000 and down to 4 in 2015; Israel - 8 in 2000 and down to 5 in 2015; Sweden - 5 in 2000 and down to 4 in 2015; United Kingdom - 12 in 2000 and down to 9 in 2015; USA - 12 in 2000 and increased to 14 in 2015. So what is driving this increase in our pregnancy-related death rate? We don’t know because our data is incomplete.The first glaring problem is inconsistent, voluntary reporting. It will be impossible to get to the cause of this problem if we cannot even get accurate numbers. Secondly, annual reporting leaves large amounts of data to be scrutinized, categorized and analyzed. Any relevant findings are slow in coming. Third, there are no interviews of witnesses, i.e. the family, doctors, nurses, and support team. For those women who die outside the hospital, this should include other critical witnesses like family, law enforcement, and first responders, among others. These individuals should be interviewed in order to obtain a complete picture of the events leading to death. Following their analysis, the CDC publishes the results in peer-reviewed literature and on their website to help healthcare professionals understand the circumstances and develop action plans. However, despite these data, the pregnancy related death rate more than doubled between 1987-2013, a 27-year span. It has continued to climb in the years since (putting an exact figure on this is very difficult. A CBS report from HealthDay in August, 2016, put the pregnancy related death rate in 2014 at 24.) This is a clear failure of the prevention part of the CDC mission. It is a failure on the part of healthcare providers in the US as well. We have to take some ownership of this problem. The way to fix this issue is through an honest look at what the causes are and what concrete actions can be taken to correct those problems. A coordinated national effort that is managed by knowledgeable, impartial investigators is an important first step. It must have the power of the law behind it and carry a stiff penalty for noncompliance. In the U.S., we have a healthcare system that is, at its core, a business, and as such seeks to protect its bottom line. The prevalence of litigation in bad outcomes has incentivised hospitals and doctors to obfuscate and cover-up facts. Couple that with the inconsistent reporting methodology and failure is inevitable. To correct this, each maternal death and “near miss” should be reported immediately to an independent federal agency. This agency should have teams trained to investigate negative outcomes, with the ability and jurisdiction to obtain records, interview witnesses and report findings. We have an excellent model for this approach in the Independent Safety Board Act of 1975, which established the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a fully independent federal agency. The safety of commercial travel, whether by air, surface or sea, is largely a result of this agency. In this case, a non-partisan, independent investigation led to unparalleled travel safety. Indeed, no one would imagine leaving it up to airlines, rail, highway or marine transporters to voluntarily report accidents or near-misses. And yet that is exactly what we have permitted in our healthcare systems. We are asking you to stand with us and support this important initiative. Ask everyone you know to stand with you.
Petition to Justin Trudeau
Paid Period Leave for Canadian Women
There has been talk about allowing a Paid Period (Menstrual) Leave within Canada and some people believe this is ridiculous because as women we should be "used to" the pain and discomfort of a reoccurring period. Yes, all women suffer from Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) but what some people do not understand is that there are women that suffer from Dysmenorrhea that is beyond the normal 'cramp' or 'pain' of a menstrual cycle. There are a lot of women out there that have to deal with extreme menstrual pain that affects their everyday life by restricting their mobility and mental state due to the amount of pain they experience not only in the uterus but with their lower back, joints, and pelvis causing them to be bedridden, for hours and sometimes days. On top of dealing with the physical pain of the uterine wall shedding and contracting, as women we have to deal with nausea, vomiting, headaches, backaches, mood swings, bloating, and diarrhea. Now, having to come into work with side affects like this is unreasonable and almost cruel. There are employees that call in sick when they only have a cold, but women are expected to come to work and not only hide the fact that they are on their period but also have to suffer from all of these painful side effects. I am not a doctor, so if you still do not understand the effects a period has on a woman's life please do some research and try to understand what we have to go through not once or twice but, Every. Single. Month. I have also attached this article explaining Endometriosis (an incurable condition that arises when the lining of the uterus grows in other parts of the body, such as the Fallopian tubes, ovaries, the bladder, or even the lungs or brain). Which is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women and approximately 176 million women in the world: https://thewalrus.ca/why-canada-needs-paid-menstrual-leave/ As women, we are asking for a set amount of paid Menstrual days a year, so we are able to go home or stay at home, rest, and take care of our selves without having to worry about losing our jobs.
Petition to UK Parliament
Allow women more access to information on their own bodies from school upwards.
Women are constantly changing. Through puberty to motherhood and on to menopause, our education and medical profession offer a simplified version of what it is like to be a woman. But we change. We evolve. And we all have the same question...Am I normal? A recent survey conducted by The Women’s Health Clinic found that 57% of women do not feel comfortable talking about their female health to the medical profession. From general health to childbirth and menopause, women and their families do not always understand the lifecycle of female health which leads to embarrassment and confusion. The survey found that although 87% went through sexual education at school, the majority agree that better awareness of general female health complaints, common problems with fertility, childbirth and the menopause would have greatly benefited their education. Limited access to female health professionals, nurses and the general appointment system we have do not always fit around the life of a working woman or mother who can feel vulnerable in a 'treat-all' GP surgery that tries to solve her changing concerns within a 10-minute appointment. Then, upon turning to the internet, women often find themselves censored from looking for this information as search engines deem our questions 'adult content', restricting the expertise of the medical community out there. By signing this survey we hope to open a conversation not just on female health through education but also in the media. Our petition calls for wider representation of women’s health issues within education, the NHS and the press. To help women identify common causes and solutions to changes in the female body you can view and save a help sheet here: https://thewomenshealth.clinic/online-petition/ or join us at www.facebook.com/thewomenshealthclinic