womens rights

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This petition won 2 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The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. 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: 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
320,089 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

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 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.

chloe reed
212 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi, Prakash Javadekar

Making Sanitary Pads a free service in all Public and Private Schools in India

Educating females has always been something very important not only for the society but as in whole for the nation and more than that for the world. Indian has a female population of 1.324 Billion as per 2016, I wonder what if these 1.324 brilliant minds get education what they deserve and contribute to the society. The focus is not if the entire 1.324 billion female population gets educated the focus is those who want to and can get educated get even the basic utilities for their hygiene at an education institution.  I am a 16-Year-Old Male Student definitely Young to worry about something like this but for sure not so young to do something which is bugging me and I don't know how many kids who are asked to respect women and follow the roads of feminism but the place where we learn all this is falling short to do it  . Sanitary pads are not accessible to female student's at education institution and if they are female students are charged for them.  Probably not that a big deal I thought when one of my friends shared her experience about it in lunch break one day, But for a minute I imagined myself in a situation in which I am bleeding  freaking out in a fear that what if someone noticed it and I would be a laughing stock in the entire school, running stairs up and down   to get contact with my teacher arranging money from my friends , In this situation maybe the students at Private school are more relieved because they can get money later on or maybe could get it free from the school authorities but not all Private schools , the situation is worse in Public Schools even if we  drop the money situation the panic of getting bullied is the same everywhere because things are how they are  periods are compared with something curious something to be embarrassed about by no mean it is the case what i feel its not the mistake of education institution not paying attention to it nor the female students who never spoke about the problem but face it every day it is the fault of society of people we live around and which we are a part of and the best part only we can solve the problem in that society . What I ask for through this petition is to make  Sanitary Pads a free access to all females in an institution, not through the mean of any  Teacher or School helpers but inside the Ladies Room so that we follow what we are taught Treating  Male and  Female Equal I never got embarrassed  or charged  when I used to spoil my nappy as a kid in play school because mama told me it's natural then why my Friend/Sister should be embarrassed  that they bleed something so natural that God has made  them with . I know these are big words I know things don't change in a day in a society States like Kerala have even come forward installing vending machines for sanitary pads  things are changing slowly and it will gonna be a slow change  at least we can make  this problem easy until the time thoughts  and the society who talk about changing  change let's make this the first step.  Looking forward to You to sign this Petition and help in doing something which should have done long ago.  Thanks  Tushar .          

Tushar Nain
101 supporters