We are well aware of what a busy and stressful time of year it can be for parents and carers alike. The commercialisation of Christmas is something that we see increasing year on year as well as the pressure that is felt by adults it can mean the heart of Christmas gets lost under the piles of presents.
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Today is World AIDS day, and it is also the 7th day of 16 Days of Activism, a campaign in which Mothers’ Union members worldwide have been partaking. Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is not just a major problem in its own right; it is also having an effect on the spread of HIV. The World Health Organisation has stated that “Violence against women constitutes an urgent public health problem worldwide, particularly in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” According to UNAIDS, women who have experienced violence are up to three times more likely to be infected with HIV than those who have not.
On 12th November members of Mothers’ Union from across the UK and Ireland met with the Action & Outreach staff to share their experiences of working in prisons and supporting prisoner’s families. It was also an opportunity to pray using inspiration from prayers for Prison Week. Jane Newsome, prison chaplain joined them as well as visitors from Prison Fellowship who used the opportunity to promote Angel Tree. Angel Tree is a project that Mothers’ Union sometimes works in partnership with to help the children of prisoners receive a gift at Christmas time.