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 – SAVE YOUNG LIVES – MAKE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID A COMPULSORY PART OF TEACHER TRAINING
In January 2018, I lost my younger brother, Sam, to suicide. He was just 15. While I sat on my bed that Sunday evening, little did I know that only a few metres away from me my brother was about to take his own life.
As part of research into ways of helping young people suffering with mental health conditions in schools we found that staff are generally not equipped to deal with problems faced by some students as they don’t have the knowledge to do so.
Mental health first aid would be a very cheap and easy to run session which outlines potential problems faced by students and offers guidance to staff on what to do immediately (i.e. don’t ignore the student). It would also advise staff on who to contact about the student to start putting into place the support they need as quickly as possible.
Making the training compulsory may seem excessive at first glance but we now live in an age where three students per class have a diagnosable mental health condition . There are over 200 schoolchildren lost to suicide every year . And the rates of depression and anxiety in young people have increased by 70% in the last 25 years . So, I wholeheartedly believe, this isn’t an excessive measure to be taking, it’s a desperate one.
PETITION 2 – END HUNGER UK
Everyone should have access to good food.
No one should have to go to bed hungry. Join the campaign to End Hunger in the UK.
PETITION 3 – WHO PICKED MY TEA?
There is nothing like a nice cup of tea… But have you ever thought about where your tea comes from?
Many popular British blends include tea from Assam in India, where the people who picked it – most of them women – are paid poverty wages and live in appalling conditions.
The ‘Big 6’ British tea brands – PG Tips, Twinings, Typhoo, Yorkshire Tea, Tetley and Clipper – are well aware about this but aren’t doing enough to challenge it.
We won’t let them get away with this anymore. Please add your voice by asking the big brands: ‘Who picked my tea?’.
PETITION 4 – WE DEMAND AN END TO THE TRAFFICKING OF GIRLS
Every hour a girl or woman is trafficked in Nepal. That’s more than 8,000 every year. This must stop.
Stand with Plan International as they call on the new Mayor to run a public awareness campaign so all girls know the risks of trafficking, as part of a proper plan to take this on.
Help them show the Mayor that they are not alone – that thousands of people like you around the world are standing with them.
PETITION 5 – 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 6 – 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 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.