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Stop the change of uniform policy at Chestnut Grove Academy

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URGENT NOTICE; APPEAL FOR YOUR SIGNATURE. Over the last few months I have been wearing a skirt to Chestnut Grove Academy. I have chosen to wear it as a protest against social standards therefore challenging views that I deem ignorant also I believe it to be very practical and enjoyable. I believe that I am totally within my rights to do because I wear it based on my beliefs. I hope that whoever is reading understands the problems that I face and makes the right decision by, hopefully, signing my petition. This petition is in protest of a change in school uniform that Chestnut Grove Academy wishes to carry out. Currently in the schools uniform policy there is no distinction made between male and females garments however beginning the new term there will be a difference. Women will be allowed to wear both skirts and trousers and Men solely trousers. I believe that these new rules unfairly discriminate against the male gender therefore are sexist and constrict my ability to express my beliefs. From my point of view I find this a waste of the schools resources and a clear violation of more than one human right. Firstly I would like to challenge the most common argument used. According to many, Chestnut Grove Academy does not need to respect human rights although you would think due to their constant advertising of how they advocate rights so much that they would realise that education should be directed to the ‘strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms’ - Article 26 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Furthermore, as shown by government guidelines, although Chestnut Grove Academy is well within their rights to set uniform policies there are rules needed to be followed as stated on www.gov.uk ‘Each school decides its uniform and must not discriminate based on gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or belief’. Not only is Chestnut Grove Academy ignoring my born given rights but also their responsibility as an institution of free education to support my beliefs and not discriminate against gender. To further my point I will now list the rest of my human rights which Chestnut Grove Academy seems to be ignoring. Article 18 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public and private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.’ Unless I seem to be interpreting this right wrong I can express my belief’s anywhere I wish due to the fact that the Article specifies ‘in teaching, practise, worship and observance’ and ‘in public or private’. If you still need to be persuaded the next Article expresses my right to freedom of opinion and expression. As stated in Article 19 ‘this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’ Finally by doing this I am advocating my right to protest although it is a perceived human right because it is a manifestation of the right to freedom of assembly, the right to freedom of association, and the right to freedom of speech it should still be taken with I hope you do the right thing and support my cause. It may not be a big step but at least it is one and together we can change things.

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