womens rights

24 petitions

This petition won 3 years ago

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The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016.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: shelters: http://thehomelessperiod.comItaly: Africa: States of America: World: SUCCESSFUL campaigns:Canada: News Coverage:The BBC: News: Guardian: Independent: Telegraph: and and The NewStatesman: Marie Claire Magazine: May issue 2015 and Magazine: and Confused: Post: The Fabian Society: Daily Mash: and and Mirror: Metro: Female Lead: Politics Home: Housekeeping: Women's Views on News: Women's Voice: projects: 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.

Laura Coryton
320,088 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Area Commander

I was gang-raped at 14 and police did nothing: take rape seriously

***Trigger warning*** The moment I walked through that door, on some level, I knew I had lost. I was 14. A friend and I snuck out for what I thought would be a normal teenage party. She took me to a hotel room filled with boys and men. I noticed the absence of other girls. I was brutally gang-raped, drugged, and then raped some more. I was 14.I didn’t want to make any sudden movements. I was this scrawny little ballet girl and they were rough with me. I didn’t want to find out what would happen if I made them angry. The next day was agony.My friend’s mother called the police when she realised we’d snuck out. When the police found us the next day, they yelled at us. It added to my fear, it added to my trauma. In those circumstances, there was absolutely no way I was going to tell them what had happened.Monday at school, that ‘friend’ told everyone that I’d slept with nine guys in one night. That evening left me shattered- it changed the trajectory of my entire life. To this day it causes me insurmountable distress. The police dismissed the case without investigating.When I plucked up the courage to report this, Burwood police were useless. I knew one of the guys involved in the gang rape. I gave his name. The detective scoffed and told me to go away and google him, which’d tell me why it wasn’t worth investigating.He’s now in prison overseas on death row. I couldn’t stomach food for days when I found out. I want justice: this man knows the other gang-rapists out there, who are walking Australia’s streets scot-free.These men robbed me of my childhood, my innocence, my health. All without consent. The least the police can do is properly investigate, not dismiss the case after spending less than a day on it.Burwood police: re-open my case and investigate it thoroughly.

Frankie *
33,018 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Jacqueline Gold

Ann Summers Dump Pornhub

Ann Summers has teamed up with Pornhub for a 'fun range of sex toys'. But did you know that Pornhub, the world's largest porn site, is simply a portal for filmed sexual abuse? Researchers have exposed the fact that a staggering 90% or more of mainstream pornography now shows women being violated. “Broken Teens Channel” (Pornhub 76 million video views) This includes violent sex often by gangs of men, while they spit on, strangle, hit and humiliate the woman they are abusing. It is about millions of teenage girls crying and screaming in pain while they are abused on a daily basis. Or worse. If there were no camera, the men doing this would be jailed for GBH, assault and rape. In fact the mere titles are so disturbing that we can only post the very tamest here. “How to Sexually Harass Your Secretary Properly” (Pornhub 10.6 million views) And yet apparently the abuse is not enough, added titillation appears to be needed which is presumably why videos for incest are the most popular (with entire channels devoted to it), closely followed by sexual harassment (including "real life up skirting" and school girls being “ambushed”, the code word for 'raped' on public transport).  Pseudo child porn and, we believe, actual child abuse also get millions of views. And then there is the dark, dark world of torture porn and mutilations.  All of this freely available, without even being asked your age, on Pornhub. “Exploited Teen Asia Channel” (236 million views – victims appear to be very underage little girls)  If you do not know what modern day porn is you will think we are exaggerating and this is just a few that have slipped through the net. But sadly we are not.   And it’s not just about millions of women being abused in these videos, it means millions of men then copying that abuse in their real-life relationships. With 10 million women in the UK experience male violence, 1 in 3 school girls harassed at school, 1 in 20 women stalked (and yes, there’s a porn for that too). With men increasingly expecting painful anal sex and to hit or strangle their partners how can we ever think it will be TIMES UP for mere sexual harassment until it’s TIMES UP for porn?   And how can the CEO of Ann Summers -  an outspoken survivor of childhood sexual abuse, with an underage daughter and Vice President of a leading Children’s Charity – be ‘in bed’ with the largest supplier of filmed sexual abuse on the planet? Make sure she knows WHAT porn is and tell her to dump it now! And find out more here:  

Not Buying It
2,410 supporters