A new campaign has been launched calling for a law to protect every child’s right to a father.
Peggy’s Law is the first nationwide campaign from Fathers4Justice and will use the hashtag #PeggysLaw and a purple ribbon to symbolise the plight of the 3m children living in fatherless homes and the 200 children who are forcibly separated from their fathers every day in secret family courts.
A candle-lit vigil at Buckingham Palace at 5pm on Valentine’s Day, on 14th February, will bring parents and grandparents together, who will tie purple ribbons and pictures of their children to the railings, and light candles of hope and remembrance.
An online petition will also be launched calling for Peggy’s Law and the introduction of 50/50 shared parenting.
The campaign, named after the daughter of dad and F4J ambassador Kris Donnelly, aims to end the cancer of fatherlessness and give every child the love and support of both parents when growing up.
Said Kris, “I didn’t sign up to be an excluded dad. I signed up to be a 100% dad. Every child deserves the best of both their parents.”
Said F4J Founder Matt O’Connor; “The inhumane practice of cruelly separating fathers and children in secret courts must end. Shared parenting is responsible parenting, which will lead to better outcomes for our children, our families and our country.”
“Peggy’s Law and the purple ribbon will become a symbol of hope for families everywhere.”
HOW TO TAKE PART IN THE #PEGGYSLAW PURPLE RIBBON CAMPAIGN
1) USE THE #PEGGYSLAW HASHTAG ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
2) PEGGY’S LAW CANDLELIT VIGIL AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE
5.00-7.00pm Thursday 14th February, Main Gates, Buckingham Palace, London. Bring candles, pictures of your children and purple ribbon to tie to the gates. Share your stories with other parents and grandparents.
3) WEAR YOUR PURPLE RIBBONS / TURN YOUR STREET PURPLE!
* It’s easy. Just follow these instructions:
* Buy your pack of purple ribbons https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07F1HG8G1?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_pd_title
* Share the ribbons amongst family, friends, neighbours and colleagues and ask them to wear them. Explain the campaign to them and how important it is to you and your family.
* Remember to always wear your purple ribbon to court and when you visit your MP.
* Tie purple ribbon around a tree, gate, bush or lamppost outside your house to symbolise your missing child or grandchild. You could also attach a weatherproof laminated picture of you children.
* Buy your roll of purple ribbon https://www.amazon.co.uk/RUSPEPA-Double-Satin-Ribbon-Purple/dp/B07DRCL17K/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1549029612&sr=8-2-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=purple+ribbon&psc=
* You could even paint your front door purple!
* Take a photo of your ribbons and share on social media including the hashtag #PeggysLaw and Fathers4Justice on Twitter and Instagram or on Facebook
* Contact your local press and encourage your neighbours to tie ribbons in solidarity. See if you can turn your street purple for Peggy!
CONTACT YOUR MP
Write to your MP in your own words about why children need Peggy’s Law. Find your MP https://www.theyworkforyou.com
Find your MPs contact detail https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/
RECENT MEDIA COVERAGE
THE SUN: BABY BATTLE Ex fiancé of David Beckham’s sister Kris Donnelly takes fight for new custody law to Buckingham Palace / Former Big Brother star is demanding dads get 50/50 access in campaign dubbed ‘Peggy’s Law’
READ: KRIS DONNELLY’S STORY
WATCH KRIS DONNELLY DELIVER HIS DAUGHTER’S XMAS PRESENTS TO DAVID BECKHAM’S HOME
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
Apart from natural law rights, a child’s right to both parents is enshrined in various human rights acts and conventions. Under the current UK law, there is no ‘legal presumption to contact’ between fathers and their children, only a right to apply to a court for a Child Arrangements Order. This is a prohibitively expensive, protracted, and dysfunctional process that reverses the previous ‘presumption of contact’ into a presumption of ‘no contact’, where the burden of proof rests with the father (to prove contact is safe) and where every father is automatically risk assessed by the court. Grandparents need leave of the court to make an application for a court order for contact. Successive governments have broken promises made to F4J to introduce 50/50 shared parenting and give grandparents rights.
UN Convention of the Rights of the Child: Every child is entitled to protection from abuse and emotional harm and has the following human rights.
Article 7: “…children also have the right to know and, as far as possible, to be cared for by their parents.”
Article 8: “ ..governments should respect children’s rights to a name, a nationality and family ties.
Children Article 9: “..children have the right to live with their parent(s), unless it is bad for them. Children whose parents do not live together have the right to stay in contact with both parents, unless this might hurt the child.
Article 8, The European Convention on Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.”
Article 16, Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Men and women are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution…the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”
WHY BUCKINGHAM PALACE?
Buckingham Palace has been a place of protest for F4J since 2004. It is not only an iconic venue, but it is also the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarchy. The task of administering justice in the UK is carried out by members of the judiciary acting in The Queen’s name. The Royal Coat of Arms appears in every courtroom in England and Wales, demonstrating that justice comes from the monarch and a law court is part of the Royal Court. Judges and magistrates are Her Majesty’s judges and magistrates, and they are official representatives of the Crown. Everyone is to show respect for the Queen’s justice and the Sovereign is required to cause law and justice and mercy to be administered to all.