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 – CLOTHING BRANDS SHOULD GO TRANSPARENT
There’s a growing trend of global apparel companies adopting supply chain transparency. It starts with these companies publishing the names, addresses, and other important information about the factories manufacturing their branded products. This is a powerful tool for promoting garment workers’ rights. Workers and labor advocates can alert brands faster and seek remedies about abuses if they know the names of the companies they are producing products for.
Call on these leading brands – Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark and Armani – to STAND UP to support garment workers’ rights by signing the transparency pledge!
PETITION 2 – TAX CUTS FOR REUSABLE MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Menstruation is a natural monthly process an average woman undergoes for 35-40 yrs. For ages, Indian women have used cloth to manage their menstrual flow. But lately more women have switched to disposables for convenience, like sanitary napkins and tampons, that has also become aspirational for the younger generation depicted as a sign of progressive mentality.
Recently, a change.org campaign has been launched by an MP, Sushmita Dev who has sought to make Sanitary napkins tax free. While the intent is noble, this is a move in a dangerous and unsustainable direction.
For ages, women have used cloth to manage their flow because cloth is cheap, hypoallergenic, reusable and bio-degradable.
Unfortunately menstrual cloth is considered unclean, not cared for and hidden from sunlight. It is not the cloth that is at fault, but the notion that menstruation is unclean – an idea that has resulted in adoption of expensive but unhealthy practices surrounding menstruation.
Today, we have cloth pads which is the traditional cloth, repurposed for modern times. Cloth pads last for years, are easy to maintain and are a much better alternative to disposable napkins.
In addition to cloth pads, there are new-age options such as period panties, menstrual cups and inter-labia pads, that need to be mainstreamed as available choices.
Disposable pads do NOT need a tax break. Reusable Menstrual Hygiene Products do!
PETITION 3 – REVERSE THE CHILD MARRIAGE RESTRAINT ACT
The government of Bangladesh just passed an act that puts the minimum age for marriage literally at ZERO. The Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 was recently approved by the President and will create legal loopholes that will allow child marriages under certain circumstances.
While the legal age for marriage will remain 18 for women, 21 for men, the Act allows girls under the age of 18 to be married in “special cases” or for “the greater good of the adolescent”, both without definition.
Children are at risk and this must be stopped!
PETITION 4 – BREXIT: TIME TO MAKE TRADE FAIR
Millions of people in the world’s poorest countries rely on trade with the UK. In fact, we currently import around £34 billion worth of goods from developing countries every year.
For these farmers and workers, Brexit could be make or break. It could create tougher trading conditions and push producers into poverty. Or it could be when we deliver truly fair trade that helps our economy grow strongly and sustainably while working to end poverty too.
Right now, in the rush to trigger Article 50 and begin Brexit negotiations, vulnerable and voiceless farmers and workers from the poorest countries could easily be forgotten.
EU measures currently mean many farmers from the poorest countries do not have to pay tax to import their produce into the UK. If equivalent ones aren’t put in place by our government, the moment we leave these farmers could face a £1 billion import tax bill.
PETITION 5 – SIGN THE GLOBAL BLANKET CAMPAIGN
Join Stop The Traffik, on their journey to promote transparency within the fashion supply chain. They want to know where our clothes are from and to be reassured that no one has been exploited in the process.
Sign a square in the support of this campaign.
PETITION 6 – 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 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.