Here are 5 feminist petitions to sign this International Women’s Day

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    This weekend marks International Women’s Day 2020 and what better way is there to celebrate than by doing our part to make the world more equal?

    It has been reported that men start more petitions, but according to change.org, it is women under 35 that win the most. So what are we waiting for?

    Here are five petitions being run by women that you should sign to help make the world a better place for women and girls:

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    By @susdraws It's been said. It is one of the reasons girls and fully grown women and non-binary people don't go out late at night or on their own or in clothes that make them feel confident. It is the reason when I step outside, I pull my skirt down and zip up my jacket, the reason I mostly wear trousers and make sure not too much skin is showing, even though I am a child and should not have to worry about old men shouting abuse or looking at me like a piece of meat.⁠ Sign the petition in our bio to make street harassment illegal in the UK. ⁠ -⁠⠀⁠ -⁠⠀⁠ -⁠⠀⁠ -⁠ -⁠ -⁠ -⁠ #makestreetharassmentillegal #ourstreetsnow #metoo #violenceagainstwomen #feminist #feminism #equality #stopharcelement #streetharassment #catcalls #intersectionality #timesup #timesupnow⁠ #feminismisforeveryone #blackfeminism #feminismo #feminismrules #feminismoliberta #feminismquotes #féminisme #feminisme #intersectionalfeminism #feminismart #ecofeminism #feminismmemes #feminismisequality # #feminismisforeverybody #radicalfeminism #feminismtag

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    1. Make street harassment a criminal offence

    ‘Maya, 20, and her sister Gemma, 15, are sick of facing street harassment on a daily basis. They want the UK to make street harassment illegal, like it is in France, Belgium and Portugal. Already 200,000 people have signed their change.org petition and they’ve got support from the likes of Emma Watson and UN Women.’

    Sign the petition

    2. End period plastic

    ‘2.5 million tampons, 1.4 million pads and 700,000 pantyliners are flushed in the UK every single day. Considering most period products contain up to 90% plastic which takes over 500 years to break down, it’d mean if Jane Austen had used them they would still be decomposing today! It’s bad for the environment and bad for our bodies. That’s why Ella is calling for all period products to be plastic free.’

    Sign the petition

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    🙌10 things to know about anorexia🙌⁣⁣ ⁣ 📝Eating disorders aren’t just about weight⁣ ⁣ 📝Just because you can’t see someone is struggling with food doesn’t mean they're not⁣ ⁣ 📝Eating disorders are not a phase- they are a serious mental health problem and can end up killing people⁣⁣ ⁣ 📝Eating disorders can affect everyone⁣⁣ ⁣ 📝You can’t see yourself the way others do⁣ ⁣ 📝Eating disorders dominate your entire life⁣⁣ It is not simply about food, but about so much more⁣ ⁣ 📝Developing an eating disorder is not a choice⁣⁣ ⁣ 📝Sharing is hard but life is so much better when you do⁣⁣ ⁣ 📝There is so much more to recovery than just weight gain⁣⁣ ⁣ 🌟Recovery is possible⁣🌟⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #anorexia⁣⁣ #edrecovery #mentalhealthwarrior #dumpthescales #mentalhealth #edfamiliy #bulimia #anawarrior #ditchthescale #diet #dropthedisorder #eatingdisorderrecovery #mhblogger #findyourtribe #eatingdisorderawareness #eatingdisordersupport pic via @courtneylevydaniels

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    3. Dump the Scales

    ‘Having been hospitalised from anorexia once before, when Hope relapsed a few years ago she reached out for help only to be told by doctors she “wasn’t thin enough for support”. But the reality of eating disorders is that they aren’t just about the scales, so Hope is calling on the government to review the eating disorder guidance delivered by clinicians.’

    Sign the petition

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    #IWD2020 #EachforEqual #SexEdMatters

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    4. Axe the #TamponTax now we have left the EU

    ‘Laura had huge success a few years ago with her campaign to scrap the #TamponTax – that’s the 5% levy on period products because they are classified as “luxury”items. The Government said they wanted to scrap it but couldn’t because it’s caught up in EU laws, so instead they started to donate the funds raised by the Tampon Tax to women’s charities. Laura has started a new change.org petition to pressure the Government that now we have left the EU it’s time to scrap the #TamponTax for good.’

    Sign the petition

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    On #AntiSlaveryDay2019, I am joining a strong coalition of organizations urging the UK to #EndChildMarriage. No child should be coerced into marriage. • Take a stand with us NOW! Please click the link in my bio and support this campaign. • @ikwro_uk @knfmhbv @forwarduk_ @girlsnotbrides_ @tartantantrum Ind. Yemen Group • • • In England and Wales 16 &17 year olds are currently able marry with parental consent, a legal exception that leaves children vulnerable to parental coercion to enter into a marriage against their will. • • The Marriage and civil partnership (Minimum Age) Bill would raise the legal age of marriage 18 and better protect children from risks associated with child marriage.

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    5. End child marriage

    ‘“Outlawing child marriage is the best way to stop coerced child marriage from happening”. Payzee and her sister Banaz were pressured into marriage in the UK at just 16 and 17 years old. Banaz was later murdered at the age of 20 in a so-called “honour” killing for leaving her abusive husband. Despite this, current UK law allows 16 and 17-year olds in England and Wales to marry with parental consent, so Payzee has started a petition calling for marriage under 18 in England and Wales to be a crime. 80,000 people have already joined her campaign.’

    Sign the petition

     

    Happy International Women’s Day.

    Let’s make change together.

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