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 – HELP TRAFFICKED CHILDREN IN THE UK
“I was lost; my childhood was stolen. But no-one seemed to want to help me.” – Sophie*, 15, who was sexually exploited for two years
Thousands of children each year like Sophie* are identified as victims of modern slavery and trafficking in the UK. They come from more than a hundred countries, including from within the UK itself. These children are known to be in situations of sexual exploitation, forced labour, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude – and they are some of the most vulnerable in our society, with many being alone in the UK with no family.
Those suspected of being trafficked qualify for support under child protection laws in the UK. However, the level of this support provided is often severely lacking and hugely inconsistent – as highlighted recently in the BBC’s Three Girls documentary about sexual exploitation in Rochdale.
Right now, the Home Office is examining the process for identifying and supporting victims of trafficking. This is our chance to ensure they include adequate provisions for child victims in the UK in their recommendations. We need your help to make sure they listen.
Send an email now to the Home Secretary to demand guaranteed specialist support for trafficked children.
PETITION 2 – STOP BOMBING CIVILIANS
Every year, tens of thousands of civilians are killed and injured by the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities. Urgent action is needed to protect children and families. Sign the petition to Stop Bombing Civilians!
I call on the UK and all States worldwide to:
- Publicly commit to end the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas;
- Fully implement the treaties banning landmines and cluster munitions without delay and encourage non-signatory states to sign them;
- Contribute to assisting the victims, clearing weapons in affected zones, and preventing further injuries and deaths.
PETITION 3 – 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 4 – 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 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.