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Mothers’ Union and the Clewer Initiative

Mothers’ Union are proudly working in collaboration with the Clewer Initiative in order to end modern slavery by 2030

Both Mothers’ Union and the Clewer Initiative believe that the tools to end modern day slavery already exist within our local communities. We envision that the Church, which is present and at the heart of communities, has a primary responsibility in leading this effort.

The Clewer Iniative is a project that enables the Church of England and its wider networks to develop strategies to detect modern day slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care. This involves working with the Church locally to identify resources already available to be utilised, developing partnerships with others and thus creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery. On a more national level the initiative is developing a network of practitioners who are committed to sharing models of best practice and providing evidence-based data to resource the Church’s national engagement with Government, statutory and non-statutory bodies.

The initiative is funded by the Clewer Sisters, an Anglican order of Augustinian nuns founded in 1852 to help marginalised, mainly females, who found themselves homeless and drawn into the sex trade by providing them with shelter and teaching them a trade.

The work of the Clewer Sisters mirrors the work that our members are doing in thousands of communities around the world and this had led to our natural partnership to end modern slavery. We also both value the importance of building the resilience of those most at risk. We shall be working in equal partnership to set up a body of work to address and raise awareness of the subject.

The key focus of our work together will be

  • Identifying and setting up training opportunities, materials and manuals for volunteers, staff and members. We also want to create presentations, posters and video clips to help raise awareness
  • Producing a credit card sized card to help communities identify and respond safely to potential cases of modern slavery
  • Collaboration of key contacts at national and local level to develop and get involved in local initiatives to identify and prevent modern day slavery as appropriate
  • Create national and local advocacy campaigns that members and others can get involved in to raise awareness of the subject including involvement in Anti-slavery Day and the safer car app (for the Safe Car Wash app click here)
  • Establish a prayer network that regularly focuses on this initiative

To find out more about the Clewer Initiative click here

This video gives an overview of the Clewer Initiative…

 

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence 2020 Resources

Each year Mothers’ Union joins this United Nations international campaign with our fellow members and many other organisations around the world. We do this as part of our membership of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

The 16 Days begins on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and ends on 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

MSH has made available a pack of resources which you can download from their website and they will be organising a number of online events, including some worship.

Other resources are available by clicking the links below…

16 days MSH resource pack

16 Days of Activism Bible reflection and daily prayers 2020

16 Days Intercessory prayers

16 days External Resources and Organisations

16 days template for letter to MPs

 

 

The above YouTube video is from St Paul’s Wokingham. Click below for the Order of Service and Sermon.

Order of Service

Sermon

UN Women

UN women logoInternationally, we have Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations. (more…)

We Will Speak Out

We will speak out logoWe are a partner in the We Will Speak Out Coalition – a group of Christian organisations committed to ending sexual violence against everyone – men and women, boys and girls. (more…)

Policy Watch

 

Some Social Policy news is included in Families Worldwide and Families First but more comprehensive and up to date news is found in the monthly Policy Watch.

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Ethical Thinking

Mothers’ Union calls this Social Policy – but what is it?

We engage in Social Policy activities to try to achieve positive change and improvement in the lives of families in the UK and around the world. This is Christian social responsibility following the two fundamental issues in scripture of stewardship and caring for others which promote our ethical thinking.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Diocesan Members Compline via Telephone

    September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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    September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Diocesan Members Compline via Telephone

    October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  4. Diocesan Members Zoom Coffee and Chat

    October 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  5. Diocesan Autumn Meeting & AGM

    October 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” — 2 Corinthians 13:14 Listen to chapter . Powered by BibleGateway.com.