• Equal Consideration for Women in Sport in England
    It's important for the future development of girls and women's sport. Ultimately for all sport in our country. It's about gender equality and opportunities. Girls need positive roles models like boys do in all aspects of life. Sports enables development of confidence, teamwork and skills. It's also fun but not if you have to fight at every step to access opportunities readily available for boys and men.
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  • END ACID VIOLENCE IN THE U.K.
    National governments hold the responsibility to introduce and implement law and policies to protect our fundamental human rights in a cosmopolitan city like London. One of the reasons that acid attacks occur is due to cheap and easy availability of acid in the UK. The state has a due diligence obligation to prevent acid violence on our streets by enforcing tighter regulation of acid sales as well as enacting criminal laws to punish perpetrators. Prevention should start at schools by educating and working with youth to promote respectful relationships and gender equality. Research helps us to understand the causes and effects of acid violence to identify practical and feasible solutions to prevent such attacks whilst taking account of the impact this has on our trade and economy as a whole. We are asking for change in policies and laws that strike a fair and reasonable balance to protect the public whilst being considerate of the rights and duties of our traders, but ultimately our core aim is to punish the perpetrators of this callous act and promote a zero tolerance policy.
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  • Liverpool CCG To Restore All Funding To Trans* Project
    As figures publicised by Mermaids show (http://bit.ly/2ve9eQR), trans* youth are at greater risks of bullying, self-harming, and suicide. YPAS's THE Action Youth project has played a vital role in protecting trans* youth from these behaviours. Since the project's formation, other local support services have seen a significant reduction in trans* youths self-harming, and no suicides at all. However, as a result of Liverpool CCG cutting funding, YPAS can no longer afford a full-time member of staff to run THE Action Youth project, nor maintain it's full programme of services to trans* youth. Consequently, we the undersigned believe that Liverpool CCG cutting funding in half for this vital project puts the lives of trans* youth in greater danger. We further believe that failure to produce a robust equality impact assessment, nor consult with key stakeholders, community networks, and, of course, the young people and their families directly affected breaches equalities and human rights legislation. We thus call on Liverpool CCG to meet with representatives of the undersigned in order to meet their equalities and human rights obligations and, most importantly, reverse their decision to halve funding for YPAS's THE Action Youth project without delay.
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  • Enquiry into CAFCASS and failure to protect children
    The words of a now adult child when Cafcass recommended change of residence to the father: 'Through the years I was forced to live with my violent father, I could only wait for it to end. No-one would listen to me and I was left alone and ignored' Cafcass are failing to protect victims of domestic abuse, are not listening to children and are compromising the safety of children. Mothers face a terrifying and surreal ordeal within the family court. Having courageously left the abuse, they are then retraumatised and often accused of lying or having delusions about abuse. CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) website states: 'Cafcass represents children in family court cases. We make sure that children's voices are heard and decisions are taken in their best interests. We are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies.' It is the experience of parents and children that the above statement is not happening in reality especially within the context of domestic abuse situations. Solutions to these failures are needed as follows: -Recording of all meetings to be mandatory. Countless reports are incorrect, contain untruths, contradictions and professionals hold the power to accuse mothers (and children) of lying. -Cafcass to be appropriately educated in the dynamics of domestic abuse. Cafcass practice of encouraging contact 'at any cost' to be viewed as a safeguarding breach (See http://opus.bath.ac.uk/53400/ This research found that the unrelenting influence of deeply embedded beliefs regarding the preservation or promotion of relationships with fathers continues to have the effect of marginalising issues of safeguarding, including children’s voiced experiences of violence, in all but the most exceptional of cases. Rather, safeguarding concerns in respect of domestic violence and child abuse were persistently overshadowed by a dominant presumption of the overall benefits of contact with fathers.) -Stop the cruel practice of threats of change of residence if mother or child expresses concerns or refuses contact with the father --Acknowledge that the use of 'Parental Alienation Syndrome' is widespread through the system in conjunction with a culture of victim blaming and needs to stop. Often not openly named in the court system as it has been extensively proven to be a 'junk' theory and a dangerous practice due to the 'Catch 22' element, sometimes named as 'Implacably Hostile' or just 'parental alienation'. Found inadmissible in a court of appeal and known by professionals as such yet still used ie mothers assumed to be lying or deluded about abuse and to be 'brainwashing', influencing, 'passing on anxiety', coaching their children. This leads to bizarre and unscientific statements and allegations about the mother, from all professionals, including Cafcass --Acknowledge the use of 'threat therapy'/'realignment therapy' on children as being dangerous and abusive. -Childrens voices are non-existent. This must change. -Acknowledge that many children are genuinely in fear of their controlling and manipulating fathers who are causing emotional harm to the children. Many perpetrators will use the children and the court system to continue abuse and cause the most horrendous pain to their victim, which is to take her children from her. -Follow up reviews of decisions made after proceedings end -Cafcass are at the forefront of court proceedings. In most cases Judges will follow their recommendations which are often based on little evidence and lack of understanding or knowledge. Cafcass need to be accountable or have less power in proceedings There have so far officially been 20 child deaths. Based on the thousands of stories shared among mothers through support groups, surveys and research conducted by various groups, there WILL be more. Statistics: New cases private law 2017 approx 40,000. Domestic abuse is an issue in at least 70% of cases in the family courts. 'Currently.... only a tiny proportion of these (less than 1%) is contact to the applicant parent refused.' Meaning a potential of 28,000 children forced into unsafe contact or change of residence. 'It is estimated that only 35% of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police' https://www.naccc.org.uk/downloads/NewsItems/APPG_Inquiry_report_Domestic_Abuse_Child_Contact_and_the_Family_Court.pdf https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/family-court-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2017 In conclusion, mothers are unable to protect their children, forced to send children to unsafe contact or lose residence to the perpetrator. This results in trauma and life-long damage, and effects on health especially mental/emotional health. Please sign and share this petition, and help us protect our children and access justice Mothers Unite UK
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  • Transgender rights
    Change hospital waiting times. More therapy available maybe to avoid surgery. Allow a changes in the law to recognise a third sex as non binary.
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  • Stop the killing of gay men in Chechnya
    It is important because it's a violation against basic human rights. It is wrong and cannot be left to go on. It is exactly the same as the Holocaust!
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  • Support the court case demanding the UK keep it's promise to child refugees (DUBS)
    After the government has refused a second vote on the issue in parliament, the charity Help Refugees (represented by Leigh Day solicitors) is taking the Home Office to court over the Government’s failure to make suitable arrangements for relocating and supporting a specific number of child refugees as promised by the scheme currently known as "DUBS" under UK immigration law. For those who haven't heard about DUBS, it was an amendment made to 2016 law which requires the government to make arrangements ‘as soon as possible’ (after 31 May 2016) to relocate and support a ‘specified number’ of unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. This scheme was created as a response to the increasing pressure on the UK to help in what has been deemed the worst refugee crisis since World War Two. In February of this year our Home Office abandoned the continuation of DUBS quietly in Parliament, and local governments and charities across the UK have been trying to fight the decision. Help Refugees has now launched a formal legal challenge against the government as part of a last chance effort to protect what is truly a lifeline for unaccompanied/lone children fleeing war and/or conflict to Europe. Keeping the DUBS scheme is essential because currently there are 28 million children uprooted because of conflict in their own countries but over 1/9th of the world's refugees right now are in Europe and children make up a third of these numbers (and above 45% in the South East of Europe such as Greece and Macedonia), which make legal channels like DUBS essential for these kids to be able to begin a better life and to not be left to be targeted by traffickers and abusers who focus on Europe's camps. As the 6th richest country in the world, the UK is denying it's international commitments by reversing yet another safe legal passage for these children. Our local councils have said the UK can take in 4000 more children - meaning we have the capacity, all that's lacking is the willingness of our government to support our capacity to give. In its stance, the Home Office is targeting without justification children who have absolutely no one else to turn to and whose lives and futures are at significant risk right now. They have lost everything, meanwhile our government stands from a distance and says we have nothing to give. The Charity Help Refugees and those lawyers standing against the Home Office this week, are doing so because they reject this position. They reject that this is the UK we believe in. We ask the UK public to support this court case as the last chance to keep this scheme in law. We ask that you sign and spread the word about this case and that you don't let the lives of so many kids be determined behind closed doors. Let's shame the Home Office for its position, let's stand tall and fight for the right of these children to a better future from conflict.
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  • Replace the terms 'Girls and Boys/ Ladies and Gentleman' to improve wellbeing
    There are significant numbers of people, who feel strongly about these issues - are you one of them? Replacing these terms would signify a move forward in a progressive society that seeks to value people. 'Labelling' is a social construct and as such can be de/reconstructed. Those responsible for providing a service, compulsory or non-compulsory, to the general public can lead the way in replacing these terms from audio and written materials to move closer to a society that embraces equality and diversity in a meaningful way. The positive message that this action could effect links to equality, diversity, mental health, resilience and wellbeing. All of these factors can contribute to flourishing linked not only to the emotional and psychological benefit of the country and as importantly the economic health of a nation. A flourishing nation is a rich nation. The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015 sets out this stall. The overt and subconscious messages that permeate society around gender, limit the aspirations of those who absorb and internalise them. Language plays a powerful role in the development of identity and self belief. This call to action requests a simple and clear mandate, to catalyse cultural change and be part of the solution rather than the problem. Wales leads the way on many progressive issues; let this be one of them. Be part of that change.
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  • Reinstate the 8 Human Rights workers sacked by e-mail
    In February 2017 after months of negotiations trying to avoid compulsory redundancies triggered by deep budget cuts, EHRC management sent e-mails to 8 workers work addresses informing them they were being made redundant whilst they were taking part in a lawful one day protest strike. The EHRC still has over 47 equivalent vacancies these displaced workers could easily fill, but has so far refused to do so. What is so shocking is this employer also happens to be the UK's UN recognised guardian of our Human Rights! With Brexit uncertainty and challenges to Human Rights law being suggested, we need a strengthened fully resourced EHRC to defend the most vulnerable from discrimination and attack.
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  • Extend equal marriage to all areas of the UK now
    Currently same sex marriage is not allowed in Northern Ireland. This is because, despite laws being passed in the UK that grant same-sex marriages, the Northern Irish assembly (because of the now infamous DUP) has blocked any such proposal there. This means that LGBT UK citizens are being treated as 2nd class citizens in a part of the UK, we need to address this quickly and with certainty, as this is intolerable. It will also have further reaching consequences as a change in law in Northern Ireland will strengthen our position when campaigning with other countries when they deny their citizens equal LGBT rights.
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  • Condemn Donald Trump for pulling out of Paris climate agreement
    This is an international problem, which met with an international solution - and Britain must join the international condemnation of America's terrible, selfish decision. We do not want to live in a world dominated by bullies. We do not want to live in a Britain too scared to do anything America doesn't want. We demand leadership that makes us proud to be British. If Theresa May cannot condemn America's decision to condemn our planet, will she ever stand up for anything? British people stand up for others, and we stand up for what we believe in. We do not want a Prime Minister who licks the boots of the American president. Theresa May must show strong leadership and sign the international letter condemning Donald Trump and his abandonment of the Paris agreement.
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  • Jump towards Equality
    Girls are not allowed the same choices in competition clothing as boys. It's important that access to sport should be open to all; regardless of gender, appearance, or any factor that is not performance related. We believe our children should be able to jump, compete and enjoy the sport they love on an even footing with the boys they train with. Don't you? Our two daughters have been coached in trampolining for seven years. They are now both competing at regional level; and we love the club, their coaches and the community around this joyful sport. However, in talking with parents and carers while we watch our children jump, we have become concerned by a clearly discriminatory rule from British Gymnastics. *The British Gymnastics Rules* At the moment, boys and men can chose to cover their legs for competing in Trampolining, according to British Gymnastics rules. They can wear gym trousers or shorts. Women and girls are only allowed to wear a “skin tight” leotard or unitard. The regulations go on to say - “Long tights may be worn (must be skin tight and be the same colour as the leotard).” What this means is that boys can (and mostly do) wear looser clothing. Girls cannot wear leggings or wear shorts, and this lack of choice has a range of implications that do not impact boys. *Impact on girls* If a female child does not want to expose their legs or lower body to view, they cannot compete. If a child is concerned about sanitary products being visible, secure, and/or leakage during her period, she is very unlikely to compete. Worse still, girls are often told by coaches not to wear underwear during competition; as if any other clothing becomes visible, points are deducted by judges. It is not unusual for children to be told to shave leg and/or pubic hair by judges. Children have been told that they are too fat/thin by coaches and judges. Girls are routinely being judged on their appearance, not by their ability. Children are made more vulnerable to safeguarding concerns - especially where language like ‘skin tight’ has no obvious justification except to make children aware of perceptions that are not age-appropriate. There is no reason for this difference in dress code, especially in reference to the specific condition of clothes being ‘skin tight’. It is not that girls 'should' cover their legs but, if they want to, they should be able to do as their male peers can. There is no performance advantage for girls in dressing as the rules dictate - and no one claims there are. It is purely 'just how it's been'. However, we think it is time for a change. *Why the focus on girls, not women?* Our focus is on children, though we seek to change the rules for the benefit of all those who compete. While adults can make an informed choice about how they present themselves, children are more vulnerable, and organisations like British Gymnastics should be leading the way, not staying stuck in the 1970s. However, as men fill 70% of the Board of British Gymnastics, all but four are white, none are LBGT, and none are from Hindu, Sikh or Muslim faith groups (based on the most recent, 2013, data) perhaps we should not be too surprised; as this profile is likely matched across clubs and regional organisations across the country. These people cannot be expected to speak for the millions of young girls inspired by Bryony Page, our silver medallist at the Rio Olympics. It is parents who must pressure for change, so that the rules of this sport allow excellence to be fostered in boys and girls from all communities. Of course, we are not suggesting that girls cannot wear leotards or that boys and girls should be forced to wear the same thing. Nor are we suggesting that this small rule change will stop sexism, cultural oppression or the sexualisation of childhood. This petition applies to Trampolining - but the principles involved apply to a broader range of sports and activities that children are involved in. Any rules that discriminate should be changed - to protect all our children and allow them to reach for their potential. Thank you for your support
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