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 – STOP SELLING SUPER SEDUCER
There’s a new video game on sale that offers men a masterclass in harassment under the guise of seducing their dream girl.
Super Seducer gives players the chance to try out different lines and ‘moves’ on women, from grabbing their breasts, to asking their friends if they are a ‘good girl’.
And it’s just been approved for sale by one of the biggest online gaming stores, Steam.
Other companies — like KickStarter and Playstation — have refused to host or sell the game because they realised how toxic it is. Now we need to put pressure on Steam to follow suit.
Steam is one of the biggest games retailers in the world. It should not be selling lessons in harassment to its customers.
The company has withdrawn games before for encouraging violence, it’s time it took a similar stand on harassing women.
For far too long it’s been normal for men to grab and grope women, and this game teaches the next generation of men that it still is. That needs to change.
Let’s tell Steam to take action against the normalisation of harassment and not sell Super Seducer.
PETITION 2 – FREE SANITARY PRODUCTS FOR YOUNG WOMEN RECEIVING
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Cannock & District Soroptimists are asking the government to provide free sanitary products to young women receiving free school meals.
Recent media reports have highlighted issues relating to what is being described as period poverty. 137,700 UK girls miss school each year in addition to putting their health at risk trying to manage without these essential items. Cannock Soroptimists believe funding is needed to end period poverty.
PETITION 3 – SEXIST LAWS HAVE NO PLACE IN 2018
It’s 2018 – and yet 90% of countries worldwide still hold shocking laws that discriminate against women and girls.
If you are born a girl in Bangladesh, you can be married off by your parents in undefined ‘special circumstances’ if the marriage is deemed in your ‘best interest’. In Nigeria, a man may beat his wife if ‘correcting her’ – as long as it doesn’t inflict grievous harm. In Cameroon, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working.
Let’s be clear: this is sexism. And it creates barriers that keep girls and women poorer, with less control over their own future, and more vulnerable to exploitation and modern slavery than boys and men. 96% of children forced into marriage are girls – raped, abused and enslaved. This cannot go on.
PETITION 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – #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 7 – 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 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.