women's rights

258 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Crown Prosecution Service, Alison Saunders

Take domestic violence seriously in courts

Last night Manchester Crown Court’s Judge Richard Mansell ruled that he would not jail Mustafa Bashir, a man who made his wife drink bleach and, at one point, struck her over her back with a cricket bat saying: "If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead." Judge Mansell concluded she was not vulnerable enough because she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a university degree.The Judge handed out a suspended sentence of 18 months - a punishment which is not enforced unless a further crime is committed during a specified period. What message does this send out to perpetrators of domestic abuse?Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecution at the Crown Prosecution Service needs to take domestic violence seriously. Like Bashir’s partner, I went through hell with my ex, enduring domestic abuse for 18 years. At one point I was shot with a sawn-off shotgun and then beaten. My 16 year old son took his life as a result of this. I also had a network of good friends - does that mean I was not vulnerable enough too? What ignorance by the system.For years I have been saying that judges who deal with these cases don’t fully understand the issue of domestic violence, including the power dynamics of the perpetrator and victim and how it can make you a prisoner in your home - regardless of your network of friends and how intelligent you are.I am actively campaigning in the domestic abuse arena to see that all services listen to the voice of those who have and still are victims/survivors. Sadly we are experts by experience. All Judges should have mandatory domestic abuse training because their lack of knowledge is putting lives at risk, those lives of the vulnerable people.I am calling on the Alison Saunders to agree to meet me, and show that the CPS understands that work needs to be done so that Judge Mansell’s actions are never repeated.

Rachel Williams
192,408 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Right Hon Matt Hancock, MP

End barbaric NHS hysteroscopies with inadequate pain-relief

The Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy has amassed hundreds of stories of severely painful NHS outpatient hysteroscopies performed with no or inadequate pain-relief on women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Many patients have gone on to suffer PTSD. None have been warned of the <25% risk of severe pain reported in recent NHS audits. The words our campaign hears over and over are ‘barbaric’, ‘medieval’, ‘torture’ and ‘violated’.  Many women weep, faint or vomit. They are wrongly led to believe that they are unusual or making a fuss.  Most are too embarrassed to complain. Their experience is often recorded in the letter to the GP as ‘tolerated the procedure well’. Hysteroscopy is the examination of the womb by a miniature camera at the end of a very thin, rigid metal tube.  The hysteroscope is passed through the vagina and cervix into the womb, which is kept pumped open with water. Miniature surgical instruments are passed through the tube to take a biopsy and, if necessary, to remove polyps or small fibroids.    NHS hysteroscopy/biopsy of the womb is usually performed in outpatients with the patient awake.  It is sold to women as usually causing only ‘mild discomfort’.         Unlike NHS colonoscopy and gastroscopy, patients undergoing hysteroscopy are not offered safely monitored conscious sedation. Local anaesthetic is seldom used since an injection into the cervix can cause fainting.  Women with a closed or narrowed cervix (i.e. postmenopausal or not having gone through vaginal childbirth) are not warned that dilating the cervix can be excruciatingly painful.      Patients are instructed to take over-the-counter paracetamol/ibuprofen upfront. Stronger painkillers are not recommended and seldom given. There is no separate appointment for pre-operative assessment.  A nurse provides vocal distraction (in the form of hairdresser chit-chat) and maybe a ‘stress ball’.  Some patients, having taken just a paracetamol, are subjected to electro-surgical removal of polyps or small fibroids.      To protect our grandmothers, mothers and daughters from unnecessary pain and trauma, We ask the Secretary of State for Health to change the barbaric manner in which many NHS hysteroscopies are currently performed.  Specifically, to ensure that:   1.     All NHS hysteroscopists have advanced training in pain medicine.   2.     All hysteroscopy patients receive full written information before the procedure, listing the risks and benefits and explaining that local anaesthetic may be painful and ineffective against the severe pain of cervical dilation, womb distension and biopsy. 3.     All hysteroscopy services are adequately funded so that BEFORE their procedures patients may choose no anaesthesia/ local anaesthesia/ safely monitored conscious sedation/ epidural/ general anaesthetic. 4.     The Best Practice Tariff financial incentive, which rewards NHS Trusts who perform a high percentage of hysteroscopies in outpatients without a trained anaesthetist, is abolished.    

Campaign Against Painful Hysteroscopy
47,830 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, all party leaders and Parliament

50:50 Parliament want women to have equal seats and equal say. Show you agree, SIGN NOW!

In Parliament men outnumber women by more than 2:1, there are 209 women MPs and 441 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 & #SignUpToStand campaigns. Let's get 116 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, it costs nothing to join up and be part of 50:50 Parliament. This historic movement for women to have political equality is free for all. By joining you show support, help raise awareness and be part of the 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 deficit. 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
53,201 supporters