The Mothers' Union is very active in many areas of social policy within the UK and globally. The MU campaign Bye Buy Childhood has been particuarly successful, with many recommendations from the Bailey Review already implemented by UK organisations and businesses. The aim of the Bye Buy Childhood campaign is to raise awareness of the current trend to commercialise and sexualise childhood, and to try to protect our children so that they can enjoy a real childhood and not be treated as consumers. The MU has also campaigned for improvements to flexible working and parental leave. Every autumn the MU joins in the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.
As a Diocese we take part in Mothers' Union consultations. Recent topics have covered civil partnerships, domestic abuse, gender based violence and parental leave.
Conference Report “Beyond the 16th Day: Moving Forward to End Violence Against Women and Girls”
In November 2015, to mark the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Mothers' Union held a conference in London entitled, “Beyond the 16th Day: Moving Forward to End Violence Against Women and Girls”. This brought together a number of excellent speakers to highlight the different forms of violence experienced by women and girls across the world. Each speaker presented a wealth of insight into issues such as online abuse, violence against older women, the role of sex and relationship education in preventing abuse, the role of law enforcement and the justice system, perpetrator programmes, and the role of faith groups; in both UK and international contexts. The day finished with a workshop session that provided participants with the opportunity to share ideas and experiences, and identify policy and practice recommendations for ending violence against women and girls.
Mothers' Union continues to support, and advocate for those affected by gender-based violence around the world through our practical programmes and through our campaigns and advocacy work.