Supporting the Campaign against Gender Violence

Mothers’ Union is participating, once again, in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. This global campaign raises international awareness of violence against women and girls (VAWG) each year, from 25th November to 10th December. 16 Days is an opportunity to show solidarity against gender-based violence; and  provides a platform for individuals and organisations to highlight their work and speak out against VAWG.

What can I do?
You could get involved during the 16 days of activism, that spans the days between November 25th, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and 10th December, International Human Rights Day.

Here’s some ideas:
“Come and Join us for A Silent Prayer Vigil outside Winchester Cathedral On Wednesday25th November from 12noon – 2.00pm

Be part of this silent witness against Gender Violence. Join the vigil for the time you can spare. It may be for a few minutes or the full two hours. There is also an opportunity to say prayers in the Epiphany Chapel. Someone will be available to talk with people who may need help or have concerns about Gender Violence. If you cannot join the witness please pray for people affected by Gender Violence during the 16 days from 25th November to 10th December.”     Stella Roberts (President)

PRAY For help for the victims, for a change of heart and attitude in those who abuse others, for governments to be effective in reducing violence against women.
Publicise the UK National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247, perhaps by getting permission to put up posters in the ladies loos at your church or place of work.
Download the Silent Vigil poster here 16 Days
Download the prayer card here 16 Days Prayer Card

Violence against women and girls is any act of violence that results in harm, suffering or indignity to women. Violence is ‘gender-based’ when it is directed against a woman because she is a woman, or when it affects women disproportionately. It can include physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse; harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM); and mass acts of violence such as rape by combatants in war. It is estimated that between 23 to 37 per cent of women across the world experience violence, and it happens regardless of class, race, religion or age.

We believe that any culture of violence against one another, whether physical or emotional, is a distortion of relationships as originally intended; equality and respect in the sight of God. We build our work on God’s command: to love our neighbour as ourselves. Where this is followed there will be no place for violence against anyone, particularly women and girl. Across the world, Mothers’ Union members work to challenge attitudes in relationships that contribute to gender-based violence; raise awareness; support victims and survivors of VAWG; and campaign to end violence.

The Mothers’ Union has been tackling the issue in a number of ways:

Changing attitudes.
Often violence is used against women, and accepted by women, when ‘It’s just the way things are.’ It often stems from a devaluing of women, or the need to show them who’s Boss. The Mothers’ Union has been working in several African countries to promote literary, business and farming skills amongst women, and these have proved to have increased husbands’ respect for their wives with the added effect of reducing physical abuse!
Giving Support. In the UK, many Mothers’ Union supporters give toiletries and other practical items to women’s refuges.
Raising Awareness. The Mothers’ Union campaigns to end violence against women, and sends a delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women that meets annually. This year it lobbied successfully for a strong statement to governments on making or effectively enforcing laws to protect women and bring abusers to justice.

Learn more about this issue by visiting the ‘Restored’ website.

Can I share what I do?
It would be great to see what our supporters do during the 16 days of Activism. You can visit the Central Mothers’ Union and tweet or use the Facebook pages, share with others in your branch, churches and community.

The Mothers’ Union supports Family Life and Campaigns for Gender Equality and for the end to Gender Based Violence
For more information about this 16 days of Activism campaign click

An excerpt from the Agreed Conclusion of the United Nations Commission on Women with regard to this subject can be found here.

Floods in Myanmar

Mothers’ Union is aware and responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Komen.  The Mothers’ Union Central Office is in touchg with both the Provincial Office and with the Anglican Church in Myanmar.

For more details and a way to donate follow this link:

Responding to recent floods in Mynamar

Mothers’ Union Prayer

At the heart of all Mothers’ Union activities to support marriage and family life is our faith in God, and our understanding that Jesus’ death and resurrection was an act of grace by God to bring us into an individual relationship with him.

That relationship with God can be articulated in prayer, and any group of members who meet in fellowship or to undertake specific work, share daily in the Mothers’ Union prayer:

Loving Lord,
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.
We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union
as we seek to share your love through the encouragement,
strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your Spirit,
may we be united in prayer and worship,
and in love and service reach out
as your hands across the world.
In Jesus’ name.  

Church Wedding?

cakecuttingHow many people still think about getting married in Church?

A church wedding can have a lot of things that a wedding at another sort of venue might not offer:

  • you can invite many more people to share in the celebration of your wedding than you may be able to afford to accommodate at a reception… why not ask your parish church if you can share a small informal time with all your guests (after those photo’s!);
  • by getting married in church you add a spiritual element to the ceremony… think about how God may be able to help you in your marriage in both the good and not so good times to come;
  • remember, many churches are very photogenic… even more modern ones!

The Church of England now has it’s very own comprehensive website to church weddings and what to expect or ask for. It includes a wedding planner and some ideas of what hymns to chose from. If you want to know more go to

North Hampshire Child Contact Centre

The North Hampshire Child Contact Centre has been initiated by, and the management committee is made up of, members from the North Hampshire Downs Mothers’ Union. They live in the villages just outside Basingstoke and the Child Contact Centre is being held at Hook near M3 J5 and the mainline train between Basingstoke and Fleet.

The volunteers to support the project have come from the village church congregations and from local school connections. This has enabled outreach by Mothers’ Union members to other supporters, and from the whole community (led by the Mothers’ Union) to the communities across the area.

The Child Contact Centre’s sole purpose is to enable parents, and sometimes grandparents, to rebuild relationships with children residing with estranged former partners. Contact is usually ordered by the courts. Those who have volunteered to help with sessions have been specially trained to facilitate resident parents who are reluctant about letting estranged partners have access to their children, and also care for children who may be very torn over which parent to please.

The North Hampshire Child Contact Centre would welcome your prayers for its volunteers and clients as it provides this vital and much needed service to the local community.