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 – FREE FOR GOOD
Last year, a highly critical report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee said there was an “inexcusable” lack of support for the estimated 13,000 modern slavery victims in the UK, with many victims ending up destitute and homeless.
The Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill introduced by Lord McColl will help address this problem by giving victims of modern slavery in England and Wales a guaranteed right to support in law. It will ensure victims get support not just in the initial period while the National Referral Mechanism makes a decision about whether they are a modern slavery victim, but those confirmed to be victims they will also have the option of a further 12 months assistance afterwards including leave to remain in the UK in this period. This is a crucial safety net, which will go a long way towards helping modern slavery victims recover and rebuild their lives.
Please write to your MP asking them to back the Bill.
PETITION 2 – NOT ONE MORE: END FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
“Every 11 seconds, a girl is being cut. The fact that we’re not outraged — it’s absolutely crazy to me. The world hasn’t tackled FGM because it majority affects black children. There would be an outrage if this was white girls.”
This is the voice of Leyla Hussein, a fierce and fearless FGM survivor.
It is hard to imagine anything more brutal. Young girls held down and cut — entirely to control their bodies and sexuality. It can have serious health consequences, including severe bleeding, higher risk of HIV transmission, infections, infertility, complications in childbirth, and an increased risk of newborn deaths.
This is an issue that crosses culture, religion and country borders — and it cannot continue.
PETITION 3 – #IBANPLASTIC
Plastic in every hand’ — seems like that should be the tagline of almost all of the convenient stores and consumer outlets around the globe.
Love this planet? Demand the corporates to stop polluting it with plastic. Sign the petition today!
PETITION 4 – STOP PLANNED CHANGES TO FUNDING FOR WOMEN’S REFUGES
New government funding plans threaten to dismantle our life-saving national network of refuges and put the lives of women and children trying to escape domestic abuse at risk.
A Women’s Aid survey of refuge services showed that the proposed new model of funding could force over half of refuges responding to close or reduce their provision – resulting in 4000 more women and children turned away from the lifesaving services they desperately need.
PETITION 5 – STOP IRAQ FROM ALLOWING 9 YEAR OLD GIRLS TO MARRY
Iraq has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the Middle East. The epidemic is so widespread that estimates suggest that 21% of Iraqi females between the age of 15 and 19 are currently married.
Yet despite the social ills caused by its proliferation and practice, the Iraqi parliament is set to debate a new amendment that would allow girls as young as nine to be married.
The proposed amendment to the dubious sounding “personal status law” would allow Shia clerics to subvert nationally recognized law and govern marriage contracts themselves.
Human rights organizations say the it would be “catastrophic.”
PETITION 6 – MY STORY, MY DIGNITY PLEDGE
We rely upon strong stories and eye-catching images when writing about modern slavery. Raising awareness of the issues and the prevalence of modern slavery is essential, but so often, as survivors of slavery tell us, the images and language used to tell these stories do not reflect them accurately or in a dignified way.
Too often we speak on behalf of survivors and sensationalize the experience of modern slavery today. Sensationalist images and language can unintentionally create or reinforce stereotypes or negative prejudices.
You can help change this by adopting the My Story, My Dignity Pledge as an individual or on behalf of an organization, company or institution, to help ensure human trafficking and modern slavery is represented accurately and respectfully, so that together, we build a movement that supports survivors and motivates action helping bring it to an end.
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.