National and International Policy work
The Policy work that members engage in is usually initiated by the centre who need members’ views to reply to government and other consultations. During campaigns, members are encouraged to write or contact their local politicians, MPs and MEPs when appropriate.
Mothers’ Union has Special Consultative Status on the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN and submits a statement when this organisation meets in the spring of each year – often members are asked for their views on whatever is being discussed.
Every year members engage in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender based violence which runs from 25th November – 10th December
Mothers’ Union has run successful campaigns in the past and continually monitors changes in the law that affect families – Flexible Families influenced the right for all to request flexible working when looking after children. The Bye Buy Childhood campaign supports families to manage the pressure of marketing aimed at children. We are campaigning for the fees for child maintenance to be waived where there has been violence in the family. Supporting marriage continues to be important and members take part in National Marriage Week initiatives. More information and links can be found here.
Policy Watch is published regularly and a link to the current issue can be found on the monthly Enewsletter and here.
Any members or branch that wishes to engage in a local issue concerning marriage or family life should first speak with the Diocesan President about it. Trustee approval will be necessary before any such activity carried out in the name of Mothers’ Union can begin.