women's rights

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Update posted 10 hours ago

Petition to Our MPs, Press Editors like George Osborn of the Evening Standard, The Met, The ASA

Stop Selling Sexism

10% of pre-teen kids addicted to Porn (NSPCC)90% of mainstream Porn shows Violence against Women90% Women in Prostitution want to Get Out   We call on: Newspaper Editors to stop making money by advertising porn and prostitution The ASA to stop allowing ads for porn, sex chat and prostitution in our newspapers or on non-restricted sites on line. Our MPs to take measures to ensure The Sport is sold on the top shelf only and take action on the relentless objectification of women and girls by the British media and popular culture which flies in the face of all policies on reducing violence against women and girls and presents a serious issue of child protection. #HarveyWeinstein Retail Regulators like the NFRN (National Federation of Newsagents) to issue new guidelines to retailers to sell The Sport on the top shelf only.   The Metropolitan Police to re-launch their initiative calling on all newspapers to stop publishing sex/porn ads because of the harm of these industries and their inextricable links with coercion and trafficking. In addition to view this as a matter of child protection.   The London Mayor and Transport for London to tell ES and METRO to stop advertising sex chat and prostitution or lose their huge distribution network on London's Transport system.   George Osborn of The ES to stop promoting Sex Chat and 'Chat or Date' (aka prostitution).   David Sullivan, owner of both The Sport and West Ham Football Club – to promote family sport (football) not women as sport (The Sport).

Not Buying It
812 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Universities UK, Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Give sexual assault survivors better support at university

Sexual harassment at universities is at epidemic levels - with over 300 claims made against staff in 6 years. Exams are just around the corner and lack of support, recovery of those affected, and their academic performance is put at risk.If a student falls ill during assessments, they can apply for re-assessment options. Why isn’t that the case for a student who has been sexually assaulted?Having been a Women’s Officer at my university, I've heard from students and friends who have experienced this say the “debilitating after-effects are exacerbated by the added pressure of exams.”  That’s why I’m calling on UK universities to all include sexual assault as a mitigating circumstance in their policies. And for Universities UK (UUK) and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) to advise them to do so.Survivors tell me of the “profound impact sexual misconduct can have on a person’s ability to focus on revision”. They say “it would be so helpful to know, going into exams, that this would be duly taken into account.” Universities need to understand that surviving sexual violence can and does prevent people from working to the best of their ability.A student lucky enough to get an extension was grateful given that for weeks after the incident she was “really anxious and wouldn’t sleep properly, which really affected [her] work”.Without being included in policies, this may not happen for every student affected. Without being included in policies, students may not feel able to come forward. They should expect sufficient support, not simply hope for it.Universities, like my own, are beginning to act after UUK’s report and are creating new policies. In the meantime, sexual harassment must be listed as an extenuating circumstances in existing policies.So please sign my petition and share it widely. Let’s use the institutions we already have to keep universities in check and make them spaces that are fully supportive of survivors.

Audrey Sebatindira
3,511 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Justine Greening MP, Theresa May MP

Free Menstrual Products For All Children On Free School Meals #FreePeriods

Millions of children around the world are denied an education. In the UK, every child has the right to go to school but a growing number of them face missing school every month for the simple reason that they can’t afford menstrual products.  As a schoolgirl myself, I know we must change this. Period Poverty must go. That's why we are calling on the Government to provide free menstrual products to all children on free school meals.  Back in March, UK charity Freedom4Girls, which provides menstrual 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. Children as young as 11 suffer the shame of using socks, or taping tissue to underwear. It is not only unacceptable, but can seriously jeopardise their health. Tina Leslie, founder of Freedom4Girls, stated, ‘Nobody thinks it’s happening here, but it is happening here.’ Period poverty has always existed and, up until recently, nothing has been done to tackle the issue head-on. Period taboo meant these children don’t feel comfortable to speak freely and openly about their struggles. It means we may never know the full extent of this problem. We need to escort period shame out of the door and mobilise the government so that children from the lowest income backgrounds are not marginalised.  Yes, ideally, we would strive to convince the Government to provide free menstrual products to ALL children in the UK. This is the first step towards that. What is encouraging is that, earlier this year, for the first time in history, the House of Lords debated menstrual product provision - a bold and momentous step towards eradicating Period Poverty forever. And Baroness Burt of Solihull, incredibly, went one step further saying: ‘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.’ The conversation has continued. 13 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion  ‘Free Provision of Sanitary Products for Girls from Low-Income Families’ proposed by MP Greg Mulholland. Real change doesn’t seem so far away. But we need to take advantage of this momentum and campaign the Government to ensure that action is taken so children on free school meals are given free menstrual provision. Soon. Please sign and share.

Amika George
82,994 supporters
Update posted 5 days 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  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 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 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 - 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
52,047 supporters