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Mothers' Union at General Synod

"Gender-based violence is one of the greatest injustices of our world today..." - The Most Revd. Justin Welby
04 Mar 2024

"We want you to know that Mothers Union is alive and kicking. We are still relevant to today’s society. We are influencers, decision makers and activists who are passionate about making a difference for people in the UK and around the world.” – Emily Brailsford, Domestic Abuse Manager  

On Monday 26th February we held a successful fringe event at the Church of England’s General Synod about RISE UP, our campaign against domestic abuse.  

We’re delighted that over 25 people attended, including the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell and our Worldwide President, Sheran Harper. Our Provincial President Kathryn Anderson, and Zonal Trustee Julia Jamieson were also part of the day, plus representatives from the staff team at Mary Sumner House.

It was also an opportunity to share our goals for supporting clergy and community in Britain & Ireland. We are encouraged by the enthusiasm around RISE UP and the new church-based membership model we are developing. This has been designed to support clergy in their mission and ministry to and engage with new audiences.

 We’re thankful for the chance to speak about the wonderful and important work of Mothers’ Union with clergy and laity and to show that we are still as relevant to today’s society as we were in 1876.

With 1 in 3 women across the world facing physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime, it’s a critical issue that exists in homes, communities and churches across our nations.

The Most Revd. Justin Welby himself has stated that "gender-based violence is one of the greatest injustices of our world today..." It’s a pervasive issue in our homes, churches and communities across the world.

Did you know that our RISE UP campaign has already been rolled out in 40 branches and 20 dioceses across Britian and Ireland? This is just the beginning, as we look forward to its reach increasing this year and beyond.

We’re working towards a world where no one faces domestic abuse, and where together, we stand with all those affected by gender-based violence.

Read more about our RISE UP campaign.