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Our governance

Historic Context

Having established its constitution in 1896, Mothers’ Union was granted a Royal Charter in 1926 which has been updated as required, most recently in 2018. We are registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales (240531).

►Download the full constitution of Mothers' Union

Present Day

Today, Mothers’ Union is a federation of over 600 independent Mothers’ Union charities around the world, supporting over 4 million members in 84 countries. The central charity acts as the umbrella organisation which provides co-ordination of activities and communication across the movement, ensures that the voice of members is heard on key issues, and also provides direct support to the membership within Britain and Ireland.

The organisation is normally involved with a great deal of fundraising and membership related activities. However, the wide-ranging effects of the pandemic which began in the early part of 2020 has meant that there have been changes to many planned events that were due to take place.


our leadership

Our leadership

Mothers’ Union is a member-led organisation, and all our projects, programmes and campaigns are carried out by our members, acting as volunteers, with a small central staff providing the necessary co-ordination and professional support.

Our policies

Our policies and commitments

Mothers’ Union is committed to supporting and cultivating legal and ethical work

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MU Enterprises

MU Enterprises Ltd (MUe) is the trading company of Mothers’ Union.