Petition to BBC
Break the silence of Stillbirth
My baby died and if that isn't hard enough, I'm also ostracised by society, professionals, friends and family. This isn't their fault, this is due to the fact that there is no understanding or awareness about how to deal with stillbirth in society -in the year 2016! Stillbirth awareness is 30 years behind cancer awareness and we have some serious catching up to do. This film that raises awareness about stillbirth, was refused to be screened by the BBC as it was deemed 'too upsetting'. It is currently being screened in Cinemas all over the UK. Some Cinemas have refused to air it as -'who wants to see that?'. Try living and breathing it every second of everyday, choose not to dip your toe into living in my shoes and countless others by ignoring this. But this will continue to happen, to thousands of families until change happens . I'm not asking for your sympathy, just empathy and if you can't offer that, then at least sign the petition to make a difference, raise awareness and understanding . If you want to support through twitter RT @StillLovedDoc #babylossdebate #stillbirthbreakthesilence #screenthedocumentary @BigBuddhaFilms @bbc
Petition to Theresa May MP, Justine Greening MP
Free Sanitary Products For Girls On Free School Meals #FreePeriods
Millions of girls around the world are denied an education. In the UK, every girl has the right to go to school but a growing number are missing school every month. The reason is bewildering – girls are missing school for the simple reason that they can’t afford sanitary products. We can, and must, change this. Period Poverty must go. Mrs May, we are going to lobby your Government so that free sanitary products are provided to all girls on free school meals. This situation simply cannot persist. The problem came to light last month when Freedom4Girls, a UK charity which provides sanitary products to women and girls in Kenya, was approached for donations by a school in Leeds, which had become increasingly concerned about the number of girls recurrently absent from school. It’s beyond shocking that British schoolgirls, like me, are facing the same struggles as Kenyan schoolgirls. Girls as young as 11 are suffering the shame of using socks, or taping tissue to underwear is not just unacceptable, but can seriously jeopardise the health of these young girls. Tina Leslie, founder of Freedom4Girls, stated, ‘Nobody thinks it’s happening here, but it is happening here.’ Period poverty has always existed and, up till recently, nothing has been done to tackle the issue head-on. Partly due to the wider matter of Period Taboo, these girls don’t feel comfortable to speak freely and openly about their struggles so we may never know the full extent of this problem. We need to escort period shame out of the door and mobilise the government to stop marginalising girls from the lowest income backgrounds. Yes, ideally, we would strive to convince the Government to provide free sanitary equipment to ALL schoolgirls in the UK. But, at the moment, this seems like an unrealistic and unattainable task. What is hugely encouraging is that, on the 14th March 2017, for the first time in history, the House of Lords debated sanitary product provision. This was a bold and momentous step towards eradicating Period Poverty forever. And Baroness Burt of Solihull, incredibly, went one step further: ‘Could we not give sanitary towels to girls who qualify for free school meals? We already know who they are, and the cost of setting up the system would, I am sure, be very small. It would mean that all girls in school could confidently attend school all month round without having to worry about the embarrassment of their period letting them down.’ Since then, the conversation has continued. 13 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion, proposed by MP Greg Mulholland, entitled ‘Free Provision of Sanitary Products for Girls from Low-Income Families’. So big things are happening, and real change doesn’t seem so far away. However, we need to take advantage of this momentum and lobby the Government to ensure that action is taken so girls on free school meals are given free sanitary provision. Soon. Let’s make sure that period-poverty-focused questions continue to be raised within Parliament and let’s look forward to ending the wider Period Taboo. Find out more: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/laura-coryton/the-lords-and-commons-are_b_15569270.html?utm_hp_ref=uk& https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-03-30/debates/DAADA2FE-C533-4674-8137-104621BA79A1/SanitaryProducts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39266056 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/leeds-girls-school-tampons-sanitary-towels_uk_58c9482be4b01c029d77d7d5?ncid=fcbklnkukhpmg00000001 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/girls-skipping-school-periods-cant-afford-tampons-sanitary-pads-a7629766.html https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/17/girls-from-poorer-families-in-england-struggle-to-afford-sanitary-protection
Petition to Justine Greening, Nicola Blackwood MP
Provide free sanitary products in UK schools! #PeriodPotential
When I was 12 and on my period, I was forced to borrow sanitary products from my school friends or use tissue, as I felt too guilty to ask my mum for money. I knew we didn't have much money, and I also knew how expensive they were. This carried on through college. I would go to reception and tell them I was unable to attend the rest of my classes as I had started my period. They said that I could buy sanitary products in the bathrooms, but my maintenance allowance (EMA) was spent on ensuring I was able to eat. When I became really desperate I would save my lunch money to buy them instead of eating. Stories like mine are becoming more common, and it’s even worse now that EMA no longer exists. Children in the UK are missing school because they are unable to afford sanitary products, with some being absent for a week every month. This has enormous effect on their education and future job prospects. A bill is about to go through the Scottish Parliament to make it a requirement for Scottish schools to provide free pads and tampons. We call on the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, to make sure sanitary products are free in schools across the UK schools. Teachers are even taking the issue into their own hands and paying for students’ sanitary products out of their own pocket - but because of the stigma surrounding periods, many students will feel unable to ask for help. This taboo needs to end with proper education, but first, free sanitary items need to be provided, so that no one has to miss school because of their period. That's why the National Union of Teachers are backing this campaign. Tampons and pads are necessities, not luxuries, so just as toilet paper is provided in schools for free, so should sanitary items. This is something that has already been recognised in New York, where free tampons are available in schools. I am part of the Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, who are leading this campaign. Please sign and join us to ensure all children achieve their #PeriodPotential Follow the Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists on Twitter and Facebook - we'd love to hear from you. To contact us, and for our press release, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org  Girls 'too poor' to buy sanitary protection missing school - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39266056  Holyrood Member's Bill aims to tackle period poverty - www.heraldscotland.com/politics/15157921.Holyrood_Member_s_Bill_aims_to_tackle__period_poverty_/  'Menstrual equity': Free tampons for New York City schools and jails - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36597949 News coverage on the issue: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39266056 www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/girls-skipping-school-periods-cant-afford-tampons-sanitary-pads-a7629766.html www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/british-schoolgirls-skip-school-every-month-because-they-cant-afford-tampons-a3490201.html www.tes.com/news/school-news/ breaking-news/greening-look- free-sanitary-products- poorest-pupils www.theguardian.com/society/ 2017/mar/17/girls-from-poorer- families-in-england-struggle- to-afford-sanitary-protection
Petition to Justin Trudeau
If we can give free condoms, we should give free tampons/napkins too.
Every year the prophylactic industry supplies schools with free condoms to students in an effort to make our children more responsible. Free condoms, and birth control is the promotion of sexual activity, not sex education. Condoms protect heterosexual, and gay couples, but not lesbians. We believe the federal government should implement measures to supply the women of tomorrow, free sanitary supplies in our schools. It's not like girls have the choice. Our daughter's are young when the natural course first approaches. The current system in schools across Canada, forces the student to go home if it should start in the classroom. Many female teachers have, out of their own pockets, kept supplies on hand for such cases, but nowhere near the amount of free condoms currently supplied to our youth. Sex education starts with the reproductive system. The female menstrual cycle is the most important. The promotion of safe sex is important, but not as much as the dignity of young women. Imagine being in school when your cycle begins, and being ridiculed because of unpreparedness. Please sign the petition to make sanitary supplies for girls free in schools across Canada!
Petition to Greg Clark MP, Margot James MP, Justine Greening MP
Give new and expectant mothers six months to pursue discrimination claims.
When I was 4 months pregnant I was sacked by my employer. I found myself pregnant and unemployed with a mortgage to pay. I was terrified and heartbroken.At the same time I attended a routine hospital appointment and discovered I was having a high risk pregnancy. My baby could be born prematurely resulting in potentially life threatening problems. Stress could potentially trigger early labour. The law protects pregnant women and new mums from discrimination, but due to the 3 month time limit for starting legal proceedings against a discriminatory employer I couldn’t wait until I had given birth before I started this incredibly stressful process. This law forced me to make a decision between justice and the health of my baby. That’s why, I’m calling to extend the time limit to begin a tribunal claim to six months - so that pregnant women can start legal proceedings after they give birth, and not forced to do so before. The number of mums who lose their jobs for getting pregnant has almost doubled in 10 years. Far from improving, the situation has drastically deteriorated and significant numbers of women are being affected. Most women are unable to access justice. 3 months simply isn't long enough. For many pregnant women and new mums, they already have enough on their plate and some don’t even realise they are being pushed out until it is too late. For those that realise they are the victims of discrimination, the idea of bringing a case at a time when they are vulnerable and exhausted is just too overwhelming. Finally, like me, many women experience health issues during pregnancy which means they simply can't bring a case within three months without putting themselves and their unborn children at risk. The Government is ignoring this issue. They recently said there is no evidence that the 3 month time limit reduces a mother’s access to justice. Help us make them listen by signing this petition so we can ask that the time limit be extended to 6 months for new and expectant mothers. As many as 54,000 women a year lose their jobs for getting pregnant, yet less than 1% of victims use the law to protect themselves. Pregnant women and new mums are enduring appalling treatment in the workplace and we need to find ways to protect them better. Please sign and share. Thank you. Joeli Brearley, Founder of Pregnant then Screwed Sam Hall, Tofunmi Agbaniyaka, Mina Hadi and Helen Bates #GiveMeSix
Petition to Theresa May MP
Keep sex segregated areas sex segregated
It is becoming increasingly concerning the stance the Government appears to be taking on this matter. Whilst it us understandable that transgender people require safety as much as anyone else, I do not feel this position has been thought through. Allowing transgender people into the bathroom, changing room, rape crisis centre, prison etc. of their 'gender' will put many vulnerable people at risk for the sake of sparing a few feelings. These areas were never segregated by gender. It has always been about biological differences between the sexes. What I feel is happening at the moment is a (sometimes purposeful) mixing up of sex and gender. Gender is a 'feeling'. Sex cannot be changed, it is biology. The stance of 'we need sex segregation, but not for certain people' does not make any sense at all. I understand a lot of people think sex segregation is no longer necessary but a quick look at the male on female violence/sex offense stats says otherwise. We simply cannot have sex segregation with exceptions. Especially when said exceptions include at present, people who 'identify' as the opposite sex yet make no changes to themselves besides putting on a dress or cutting their hair. I and many others would support transgender people in creating their own safe spaces, we would campaign alongside them and help in any way we can. I just do not feel 'cis' people should effectively budge over and give up their rights to spare 'feelings' of others. If transpeople do not feel safe or comfortable in the bathrooms of their biological sex, then a further option is needed. Biological sex should not just be ignored in favour of a feeling in ones head. Some would say this suggestion is 'othering' which it may well be BUT again, areas were never separated by 'gender' or feelings..it was and still is about biological differences between males and females. I know a lot of people are still of the mindset that 'trans should be protected at all costs' and while I agree that transpeople should not be treat any differently to other people and should have total equality, actually thinking about what is being proposed instead of blindly accepting it (as I did until recently) should change some peoples minds on the sex-segregation issue. What is being proposed here, is that the safety of transwomen should come above the safety of women. I don't think it is acceptable to take away the rights of one group to protect another. Hence my suggestion of 'unisex' options along with male and female. I have a close friend who was violently raped by a male a few years ago. She is terrified of being alone with males as a result. She suffers terrible anxiety even being near a male in a public space, nevermind alone with one. Is it really right to tell women like this to just get over it and accept any male who 'identifies' as female into her safe spaces? I have another friend who was recently beaten up by a transwoman. Said transwoman did not reveal that she had a penis until the last minute. As a result my lesbian friend did not want to carry on once she found out that this person was a male. Transwoman said that stance was transphobic and physically hit her, causing a black eye that lasted over a week. This friend still get grief to this day about being 'transphobic' because she did not want to sleep with someone who looked like a female but was male once the makeup and clothes were stripped away. The current Government stance, along with media reporting encourages instances like this. The trans-agenda is damaging to women especially, given it is women who are more at risk of sex offenses and violence perpetrated by men. I would really appreciate assurance that in the UK we will not be going down the route that the USA is, where 'female only' colleges are accepting men, and it is an offense to ask a man to leave the womens changing rooms because they might 'identify' as a woman. No place was ever 'gender' segregated. This needs to be remembered.
Petition to H.E. Xi Jinping., H.E. Ambassador Huang Huikang
Free my sister & nephew. They're trapped in China by inhumane travel bans. 请还这对马来西亚母子自由。
Set my sister & nephew free. They are trapped in China by inhumane travel bans 我的妹妹和侄子被困在中国无法离境，让他们从这不人道的限制出境早日重获自由 Current state My sister, Cheng Chau Yang, and her 8-year old son, have been trapped in China for close to 2 years now. They are BOTH Malaysians. They have not broken any laws. 现状 我的妹妹与她8岁大的孩子都是马来西亚国籍，他们没触犯任何法律，但却已被困在中国将近两年。 Lack of transparency They have not been given any formal documentation on details of the bans, nor was the Malaysian Embassy notified about the bans. 缺乏透明化 迄今，他们没有收到任何关于禁令的书面文件解释这禁令；即使马来西亚大使馆也没被告知此事。 My sister and son have been the victims of parental child-abduction Previously, my sister’s former husband (“X”) and his family had abducted the child twice (the second abduction lasted 820 days), and attempted a violent abduction just outside the court’s premises on 15th January, 2016, in flagrant disobedience of the custody order. The third (attempted) abduction took place after X attended a court-supervised visitation of my nephew. Despite these behaviors, X has successfully imposed the travel bans on my sister and nephew. During the 8 months when X ignored the court order to hand over the child, the court repeatedly told my sister that they could not do much to uphold my sister’s custodial rights, and asked her to put in more effort herself. 我妹妹与侄子都是几次父亲掳拐事件的受害者 之前，我妹妹的前夫（“X”）和他的家人一共掳拐并藏匿了小孩共两次（第二次持续了整整820天）。在2016年1月15日，“X”家人第三次无视法院判决，在出席完法院监督式探视后，在法庭外公然试图再度暴力抢夺我的侄子。 尽管在这一连串的恶劣行为后，X依旧成功通过上海法院将限制出境加施在我的妹妹和我的侄子身上。 这同一个法院，在我妹妹拿到孩子的抚养权但X却无视法院判决继续藏匿孩子时，告诉我妹妹抚养权在中国本来就是很难执行的，让我妹妹自己想办法。在那八个月的万念俱灰里，我妹妹得不到此法院的任何帮助，却在她自己找到孩子后的第三天，被同一个法院限制出境！ They can be trapped in China for the next 10 years The court has verbally told my sister that X has the right to renew these bans till the son turns 18, so as to ensure his weekly access right. However, X has refused to see the child despite my sister’s repeated invitation and numerous proposals. 未来十年，他们恐怕会被困在中国 据法院的口述，X有权一直更新此禁令直到孩子18岁，以确保X每周的探视权。但是，尽管我妹妹一再提议各种探视方案，X持续拒绝探望孩子，除非让他把孩子再一次带走。 Impact of these travel bans My sister and nephew’s basic right to freedom of movement have been deprived. They can’t come home to visit our ailing 94-year old grandma and relatives, they can’t visit us during Chinese New Year and other major festivals, my sister’s livelihood is affected as she cannot attend meetings outside of China, and my nephew is deprived of the opportunities to attend study or holiday trips. This is inhumane! 限制出境的后果与影响 这严重剥夺了我妹妹和侄子的基本人身自由权。他们无法回家探访我们94岁的外婆和其他亲戚，在农历新年等重大节日期间也无法回家团圆看望我们；妹妹的工作也受到了影响，因为她无法出席任何国外的会议；我的侄子也被剥夺了出国参加任何学习或假期旅行的机会。这是不人道的！ These bans contravene UN International Conventions The travel bans that prevent these two foreigners from leaving China are a mistake. They have to be, as they contravene multiple UN International Conventions that China is a signatory of, chief among them Article 10 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Article 15 on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 这些禁令违反了联合国国际公约 这些禁止两个没有犯法的外国人离开中国的禁令是一个错误。它们已违反中国签署的多项联合国国际公约，其中包括了“儿童权利公约”（CRC）第10条，“消除对妇女歧视公约”第15条（ CEDAW）。 Will you help us? I am a distraught sister of Chau Yang. We have exhausted all channels of appeal in China, but have received no formal reply. Will you help to set my sister and nephew free in China? Every signature and share will bring them closer to freedom. 恳请你的一臂之力 我是庄朝阳的姐姐，我为她感到十分忧心与焦虑。 即便我们穷尽了在中华人民共和国所有的上诉渠道，但依旧没有得到任何的正式回应。 在此，诚心要求你的帮忙让我的妹妹和我的侄子早日重获自由，每一个签名与分享将让他们离自由更近一步。 Please click here to follow & share our FB page 请点击这里以便关注和分享我们的脸书 Our family has made a movie about Chau Yang's long eventful journey. 我们家人把朝阳这漫长的心厉路程拍成了一部影片。 "Mama on a Mission" 《我妈妈有个使命》. https://youtu.be/lqQh98NDEXw Please feel free to share it. 请分享。
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.