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Mothers' Union Global Day
Our Global Day is centred around the disturbing figure that “1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced domestic or sexual abuse” and that Mothers’ Union as a leading women’s organisation believe this to be unacceptable.
The Global Day will take place on the 5th December 2020 and our initial plans were to ask members to “to step out of their comfort zones” and find a central location where their diocese could hold a peaceful protest. We wanted the event to begin at 11am so it could end with midday prayers.
We were then going to add an ask for a fundraising event before or after the protest if possible “Cup of tea for no more one in 3” – this would be a simple tea and cake sale where members can raise the profile of the campaign whilst raising funds. We had planned to produce reflections and information leaflets for those attending to read whilst enjoying their refreshments.
We also wanted to encourage members to involve their Church communities by producing resources (intercessions, sermon outline etc) that could be used the following day in Church on 6th December. Again, this would be matched with fundraising potential for the collection to be donated to MU or for members to run a smaller coffee and cake sale after the main morning service.
It was hoped that things would be more “normal” by this point so that we could continue with our initial plans, however given the current climate, we have decided to take the majority of the activities online, with the hope that engaging with as many members as possible online this year will lead to building on the success next year when hopefully we can have events marking this day, in person, around the world.
Much press and research has also shown that cases of domestic violence have increased during lockdown and the pandemic and so there is more need than ever to join together and say “No more 1 in 3”
Timetable of online events on the day:
9.00am Online Protest launches – throughout MU social channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
11.30am Online “Cup of Tea for No More 1 in 3” - Join us with a cup of tea as we take time out our day to reflect and pray for our “No More 1 in 3 campaign” followed by Midday Prayers
8.00pm No More 1 in 3 Global Day Service (download order of service below)
Please note all times are GMT