Combatting domestic violence is at the heart of what many Mothers’ Union members do around the world - whether it is supporting women with practical help at a local level or lobbying governments for fairer treatment of women marginalised as a result of negative practices.
A highlight on the Mothers’ Union calendar is the16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign which takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) until10 December (International Human Rights Day).
“At least one in three women globally will experience some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime. This is one in three too many! We are passionate about doing all we can to eradicate violence against women and men. Action takes all sorts of forms depending on the context of where our members are based. But what is important is that they DO take action,” said Mothers’ Union Chief Executive, Bev Jullien.
Throughout the campaign, Mothers’ Union joins with other organisations and civil society groups globally to raise awareness of, and call for an end to, gender-based violence in all forms and in all societies. Each year Mothers’ Union members from as far afield as the West Indies to Australia will be leading prayer walks, silent petitions, handing out fliers, holding vigils and services in cathedrals and churches in towns and cities across the world – raising awareness of the perils of domestic violence.
These 16 days actively publicise the plight against women, whether we talk about it, pray or hold meetings, share videos on social media or lobby our press and governments on this issue. I’ve been told by survivors how important it is to them to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Mothers’ Union has provided its members and anyone interested in taking part in the 16 Days Campaign with a wealth of resources that can be downloaded on the website.