The Mother’s Union annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.
The campaign runs every year from November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10, International Human Rights Day.
Combatting gender-based violence is at the heart of Mothers’ Union concern through advocacy, prayer and practical matters, and each year Connor Mothers’ Union takes part in the 16 Days of Activism campaign.
Due to Covid-19, no physical events are taking place in Connor Diocese this year, but members and friends are encouraged to take part in the many online events, as well as using the All-Ireland Mothers’ Union 16 Days Prayer Diary for their own private prayer.
The diary is a captivating and compelling set of reflections, exploring gender-based violence. The articles and reflections set gender-based violence in the context of faith, raise awareness of the problem and help recognise that this is not somebody else’s problem, but a ‘together’ problem.
In addition to highlighting the issues involved, it reveals the positive work taking place across the Church of Ireland in engaging with domestic abuse and gender-based violence.
Contributors include the Girls Friendly Society, Protestant Aid, the Church and Society Commission, the Church of Ireland Marriage Council, CRiTiCALL and the Church of Ireland Bishop’s Appeal which highlights Mothers’ Union, Tearfund and Christian Aid supported projects.
The Prayer Diary has been funded by the Church of Ireland Priorities Fund and the Church of Ireland Council for Mission. It can be be downloaded from the All Ireland website www.mothersunion.ie. Just click on the image of the diary cover.
Key online events organised as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence take place on Global Day on December 5.
Global Day is centred around the disturbing figure that one in three women worldwide have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. Mothers’ Union, as a leading women’s organisation, believes this to be unacceptable.
Global Day details are:
Find out more about Connor Mothers’ Union at https://www.connormothersunion.org/