Petition to Devendra Fadnavis, Devendra Fadnavis
Direct State Police to Arrest Men Who Sexually Exploit Children #AntiChildPredatorSquad
Children are being preyed upon by men who sometimes pay as little as Rs.100 to have sex with a minor. Rati (name changed), was only 14-years-old when she was given hormone injections so that she looks older. She was sometimes forced to have sex with 30 men in a day. These men came from different walks of life, from rickshaw pullers to office managers. When the police raided the brothels, they arrested her and the brothel managers. But these horrible men, the customers, were left off with just a warning. Next day they were back in the brothels seeking young girls again. The Maharashtra government has made Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) which are proactively looking at rescue and rehabilitation of girls like Rati. But hardly any men who are paying for sex with children have been arrested. In some cases, they are even made witnesses against the brothel owners. These men are happily living their lives without any fear of prosecution and they continue to exploit children as young as 10-years-old. That’s why I have started this petition asking the Maharashtra CM to direct the state police, specially the AHTUs to make it their mandate to arrest these child predators. Most of these men are living in residential colonies, amongst us, with their families and go completely unnoticed. And these are the men, the customers, who sustain the organised crime of pushing children into prostitution. From red light areas to online portals and even private guest houses and apartments, the places where this exploitation takes place keep changing but what has remains constant is the demand. As long as there is demands from the customers, this horrific illegal trade will continue. I want these men to be arrested so that the society knows their true face and we can safeguard our children against these predators. My state Maharashtra has been leading the efforts against Human Trafficking and I want to applaud all the good work done by our government. The Maharashtra Anti Human Trafficking Unit police shut 78 brothels in 2011 where children were forced into the flesh trade. That number gives an idea about how big this problem is. But just arresting the brothel owners and traffickers is not going to solve this problem. This is an organised crime. We have to curb the demand by arresting these customers under the strictest of laws, like MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) so that they can’t get bail and it acts as a deterrent for child predators. Join me in this fight and let’s go after these child sex offenders in full force.
Petition to European Parliament, UK Parliament
AN OPEN LETTER ON THE DANGERS OF NORMALISING
SEX DOLLS & SEX ROBOTS
We are a coalition of humanists, parents, women’s groups, survivors, academics, men's organisations and activists campaigning against commercial objectification of human beings who are concerned with the normalisation of “sex robots”. These technologies are developed and backed by academic and business robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) communities who have to date, the loudest voices shaping the policy direction about the benefits of sex robots while largely ignoring the potentially dangerous effects on women, men, and children. The Campaign Against Sex Robots (CASR) was launched in 2015 to draw attention to the new ways in which the idea of forming ‘relationships’ with machines is becoming increasingly normalised in today’s culture. Sex robots are animatronic humanoid dolls with penetrable orifices where consumers are encouraged to look upon these dolls as substitutes for women (predominantly), and they are marketed as ‘companions’, ‘girlfriends’ or ‘wives’. At a time when pornography, prostitution and child exploitation is facilitated and proliferated by digital technology turning it into a global profitable industry; these products further promote the objectification of the female body and as such constitute a further assault on human intimacy. We are also concerned that childlike dolls and robots are being promoted as ‘therapeutic’ for ‘non-offending paedophiles’ and paedophiles. We reject the naturalisation of paedophilia as a ‘sexual preference’ and reject terms such as ‘pedosexual’ or ‘minor attracted person’ that serve to legitimise adult sexual violence against children. In 2017-2018, CASR supported a move to ban electronic and artificial representations of children for adult predators in the form of the CREEPER ACT that was successfully passed in the House of Representatives reading in the United States. We also believe that sex dolls and sex robots in the female form add to the pervasive culture where sexual violence against women and girls is reiterated in new ways. Despite female political equality, women and girls still face serious threats of sexual violence from domestic abuse and rape to up-skirting and revenge porn. Two women are murdered each week at the hands of former or existing male partners, and mass grooming gangs have targeted vulnerable young girls for decades. Studies show that strong ties and relationships are good for people and society and that the weakening of our social ties is a major contributory factor in mental health distress, economic insecurity and human isolation for women, men and children. It is therefore in the best interests of society to cultivate a culture of mutual support and interdependence and put breaks on those social practices that reinforce a culture of isolation. We believe robots and AI should be used for the good of humanity and should not be funded or produced in forms that increase human social problems. Government ministers lag behind technological developments and often respond with constructive policies when it is too late and the damage to human society has been done. We urge the European Union and the UK Parliament to conduct public consultations ahead of developing legislation in line with European and UK sex discrimination laws and the European Union’s commitment to the UN Rights of the Child. Signed Organisations Campaign Against Sex Robots Women Against Sexbots Nordic Model Now! FiLiA nia Critical Sisters Object! Not Buying It! Collective Shout Resist Porn Culture Prostitution Research & Education Ressources Prostitution Victim Focus CARE Culture Reframed Untameable Shrews Standing Together Against Domestic Violence Build a Girl Project Centre for Women’s Justice The World Youth Alliance Zero Option for Sheffield Freedom Programme L'Agenda delle Donne Radfem Italia London Abused Women's Centre (Ontario) The National Centre on Sexual Exploitation LM Feminists and Allies Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle: La CLES White Ribbon Ireland Men's Development Network Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add your organisation to our petition Personal Names Professor Kathleen Richardson Nika Mahnič Kate Davis Anna Fisher Professor Katina Michael Rachel Bell Lisa-Marie Taylor Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans Caitlin Roper Melinda Tankard Reist Mie Oehlenschläger Professor Kathleen Stock Meghan Murphy Dr Safia Barikzai Sally Jackson Jessica Eaton Kate Hillman Lise Bouvet Enrique Benítez Dr Gabriela Gallegos Garrido Fiona Broadfoot Suzzan Blac Erin Mansell Alabama Whitman Megan Walker Shannon Dennehy Martin Dufresne Raquel María Rosario Sánchez Alan O'Neill
Petition to Theresa May, Nicola Blackwood MP
Provide free menstrual products in UK schools! #PeriodPotential
When I was 12 and on my period, I was forced to borrow menstrual 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 Prime Minister, Theresa May, 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: email@example.com  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 Damien Hinds 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 2017, 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. No child should be held back because they bleed. 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.
Petition to Marks & Spencer
Rebrand "Nude" tights to reflect diverse skin tones - #nudeisnotonecolour
I am a woman with light brown skin. For years I have valued M&S tights for their longevity, quality etc. However, I have always been very uncomfortable by the way they name the colours that are meant to reflect skin tones (and how few there are!): Nude, Natural Tan, Suntan, Cocoa. Nude is always pale. The OED definition of 'nude' (other than naked) is '2. Denoting or relating to clothing or makeup that is of a colour resembling that of the wearer's skin.' While a subset of this is indeed '2.1. Of a pale pinkish-beige colour' the example given is 'nude tights'. In other words, by perpetuating this, tights manufacturers are part of the problem. When I am nude, my skin will never be pinkish beige. I have emailed M&S explaining how this is everyday racism and not inclusive, and asked them to reconsider their naming system to be more inclusive and to reflect a diverse range of skin tones. For example, they could describe nude tights as "beige" or "pale". They have stated that they need more feedback. Please sign this petition to show M&S how words have power and that it is their responsibility to make their brand more inclusive of the diverse people who live in our country and shop with them. It's a small change but makes a huge difference for what skin we think is "normal".#nudeisnotonecolour #everdayracism #wordshavepower #smallchange #allskins
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 Minister Charlie Flanagan, Minister Charlie Flanagan
Pass automatic inquests for maternal deaths in Ireland
Clare Daly has debated the introduction of automatic inquests in the case of maternal death in Ireland 'The Coroners bill' had all-party support on Friday 11th Dec 2015. However it now has to pass through the committee stage. We need to convince the incoming minister for justice and Equality to pass it quickly through this stage and into law. There are a number of reasons to get this through without wasting time: 1. It matters very deeply to the families who have already lost a loved one. Some had to fight for 4 years to have an inquest; and they are still fighting this campaign to have the law changed. 2. It will help other families who in the future may find themselves in this dreadful situation; they would not have this added suffering at a time of intense grief. 3. It will save women's lives because if reasons are found for a death then changes can be made to prevent the same mistake being made again. We need everyone to sign this petition to the Minister for Justice demanding a guarantee that this legislation will get over the line as quickly as possible to help give all of us greater accountability from our maternity services
Petition to Urban Outfitters
Plus Size is Growing. Urban Outfitters, you will be left behind.
UK average clothing size? 16. Urban Outfitters largest stock size? UK 12. Should I need to say more? Possibly not, I will anyway, so please bear with me. ModCloth, online retailer, surveyed 1,500 women aged 18-35 who wear 16 plus sizes, the results of which highlight what an important campaign this is. 60% of participants felt 'embarrassed by shopping for clothing in a separate store or in a separate department', 79% of these women believe that 'the fashion industry ignores the needs of plus-size women' so why are we allowing this to happen? Could there be a lack of interest in fashion from such women? NO! The same survey determined that 84% of participants would 'buy more clothing if more trendy options were available in their size''. If these women were provided the option to shop at Urban Outfitters, granted not a shop to everyone's style yet a considerably 'trendy' UK shop then this would evoke an extra 1,260 customers alone. No questions asked. If you would prefer not to discuss such matters in statistics then let's talk about money. PWC's 'UK Plus Size clothing market review', November 2017, highlighted that this 'specialist' market was estimated at £6.6bn, reflecting £4.7bn for Women and £1.9bn for Men, respectively. Shockingly, these figures outperform the overall women's and men's clothing market in the UK for 2017. Finally, why is the issue important to me personally? Well, I'm sick and tired of wandering aimlessly around shops only to discover their 3 level stores don't stock anything remotely my size? I'm fed up of leaving changing rooms with tears in my eyes, simply because I'd fallen in love with an item of clothing that was never to be mine. I don't want to change who I am, I don't want to feel like being part of the Growing (pun possibly intended) Majority is something to be ashamed of. Henceforth, join me in tackling Urban Outfitters, so we can make a move in this revolutionary world together and fight openly for more active inclusion one shop at a time! ~Thank you. Sources for information or further reading:https://www.marketwatch.com/story/modcloth-says-60-of-plus-size-women-are-embarrassed-to-shop-separately-2015-10-08https://www.pwc.co.uk/transaction-services/assets/pdf/pwc-plus-size-market-review.pdf