Mothers’ Union launch campaign to end domestic violence

Mothers’ Union launch campaign to end domestic violence

Statistics for domestic violence soared as a result of mandatory lockdowns worldwide, according to the Mothers’ Union who have launched a #nomore1in3 campaign calling for an end to abuse and violence.

The Global Day of Action is the organisation’s response to the call for 16 days of global activism against gender-based violence, a UN women’s initiative, launched in 1991.

Bev Jullien, the Chief Executive Officer of Mothers’ Union, said:  “Our members will be meeting in venues across Britain and Ireland – from cathedrals to shopping centres and churches to their own living rooms, uniting to call for action against the abuse suffered by so many women and girls.

“Lockdown and the recent media coverage around the shocking deaths of Sarah Everard,  Sabina Nessa, Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman, only serve to confirm why more must be done on this issue now.”

Bishops from the Church of England were joined by the Archbishops of both York and Canterbury in calling for the church and wider community to support Mothers’ Union’s 1in3 campaign, recognising the importance of working in partnership with the Church to effect change.

Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said:  “The whole church needs to be involved in this campaign, and men and boys must step up and recognise the change that is needed to truly combat this issue.”

Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, said: “So often abuse is hidden and so it’s fantastic that Mothers’ Union is bringing this to light by highlighting the dreadful statistic, that one in three women suffer abuse and violence.

“Despite our best efforts, I, along with Mothers’ Union, were very disappointed by one of the outcomes of the Domestic Abuse Bill, now Act, because we didn’t manage to achieve what we wanted in relation to migrant women. So, despite progress, more must be done and that will only happen if people are aware of statistics like this.  Domestic abuse happens in homes and communities, including members of church communities and people are often not aware – that is why this campaign is so important.”

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