TAKE ACTION – Sign a Petition
Do you want to make a difference to Women and Girls around the World?
Taking action by signing a petition can really make change happen.Petitions are a great way to get your views heard by Government, get Journalists to take notice or raise awareness about a certain issue. There are so many different petitions flying around, so with the help of our Programme Team we’ve selected a few which we feel are right for you to support.
In addition if you’d like to contact your local MP about any issues, you can search for their details here.
PETITION 1 – LIAM FOX: CHANGE TRADE FOR GOOD
For Britain to be a great, global trading nation it must ensure its trade works for everyone. Please seize this opportunity to deliver better trade that brings prosperity to the poorest countries around the world as well as the UK.
If you make the right choices, you have the chance to change trade for good. We call on you to:
1. Act quickly. Reassure economically vulnerable countries with an immediate offer of non-reciprocal duty- and quota-free market access.
2. Go further. Make it easier for developing countries to sell higher value products to the UK, and put in place trade policies to tackle poverty in line with our promise to deliver the SDGs.
3. Look ahead. Study the impact of planned trade deals with wealthier countries carefully to make sure that they don’t undermine poorer countries.
4. Use aid and investment well. Make sure that UK aid and investment helps the poorest benefit from trade by helping to strengthen and grow their local businesses.
PETITION 2 – MY BODY MY FUTURE
In Uganda today, 1 in 4 teenage girls are either pregnant or already mothers. Pregnant teenage girls are sometimes banned from attending school or not allowed to return once they have given birth.
We need youth friendly spaces where we can learn about our bodies, healthy relationships, reproduction and get confidential access to contraception. Girls need to be informed and empowered so they can make choices over their bodies and their futures.
In 4 weeks we are taking our campaign to the National Parliament of Uganda to ask our government to prioritise sexual health services and information for young people. We have already put this on their agenda, now we need to make it happen and we need your help.
PETITION 3 – TELL WORLD LEADERS TO SUPPORT SHE DECIDES
There’s still time to support this petition, joining over 8,600+ Global Citizens who believe that every woman – no matter where she is born – has the right to healthcare and resources so she can make informed decisions about her own well-being.
PETITION 4 – PROTECT RIGHTS OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN & CARE LEAVERS
Please don’t let councils be excused from their legal duties to vulnerable children and care leavers.
Parts of the Children and Social Work Bill allowed councils in England to be excused from their legal duties to provide for and protect vulnerable children and young people for up to six years. These protections have built up over 80 years and include many key laws passed by Parliament. They give vital rights to children living in their own families, including disabled children and young carers; children living in foster care, children’s homes, residential schools and custody; and young people leaving care.
On 8 November, the House of Lords voted to remove these parts of the Bill (the Government was defeated by 245 votes to 213). Our petition was mentioned twice in the debate. The Government then tabled amendments and used its majority in the House of Commons Committee to reinstate the clauses on 10 January.
The Committee had issued a call for evidence in December. 47 organisations and individuals submitted evidence; only one supported the clauses (44 opposed and 2 more expressed concern).
Seven parts of two Acts of Parliament were saved from opt-out in January (the Government selected these as ‘core legal duties’). However, this leaves at risk every other legal protection for vulnerable children and young people.
The Government says the exemption clauses will encourage innovation, but we fear the loss of essential services and support for children and care leavers by cash-strapped councils.
There has been no public consultation and no evidence produced by the Government to support its plan to offer up for abolition virtually every legal duty made for vulnerable children and care leavers since 1933.
PETITION 5 – END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN INDIA
Urge the Government to pass a law banning this practice in India, such that anyone found involved in aiding, abetting and perpetrating this practice should be punished. Pressure of this law and fear of punishment will be the best way to put a stop to this cruel practice.
PETITION 6 – IT’S MY RIGHT: SEX & RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION
We’re living in an age where girls are under a lot of pressure. They are faced with negative messages about body image and struggling with issues such as online and sexual harassment in school.
Sex and relationship education (SRE) can help to address these issues. It looks at the emotional and social side of sex, relationships, consent, gender equality and sexuality.
Sex and relationships education doesn’t have mandatory status in the school curricula.
Right now, there is a Bill in parliament that could change this and MPs need to know that this is an important issue to the people they represent.
Please contact your MP today asking them to make age-appropriate SRE mandatory.
PETITION 7 – PM HASINA: LEAD THE WORLD ON CHILD MARRIAGE
With the stroke of her pen, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister can become a champion for millions of girls — or pass a law that could force girls to marry their rapists!
Bangladesh has made strides in passing progressive laws for women and girls. But a new law aimed at ending child marriage could include a ‘special circumstances’ clause where young girls may be forced to marry their rapists.
Local activists have just taken to the streets in protest and Parliament could pass the law any day now. Let’s call on the Prime Minister to drop the child rape loophole and speed up a national action plan to keep these girls safe. Add your name.
PETITION 8 – POVERTY IS SEXIST – 130 MILLION GIRLS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL
You wouldn’t be where you are today without an education – and it’s in your power RIGHT NOW to help these girls get access to an education.
If you care, ACT. Add your name to our letter, and we’ll deliver it in person to leaders all across the globe this International Women’s Day, March 8th.
PETITION UPDATE – PLAN INTERNATIONAL MALAWI CHILD BRIDES
Malawi parliament has agreed in a landslide vote to close a loophole that was making it easier for children to be forced into marriage. This is an incredible success for girls in Malawi and the girls’ rights movement as a whole.
Thank you to all who have been part of this campaign.