The Mothers’ Union in the Diocese of Leeds is supporting the #nomore1in3 campaign this year in partnership with Women’s Aid, looking to help end gender-based violence.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread violations of human rights.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic abuse was said to be a second pandemic, as incidence of domestic violence rose significantly.
It takes place in many forms, spans many societies and cultures and happens behind closed doors.
One in three women suffer domestic or sexual abuse at some time in their lives.
The Mothers’ Union has supported the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and Abuse campaign for several years, and in 2022 members are working alongside Women’s Aid to increase awareness of this issue with vigils on Saturday, November 26.
In our diocese two #nomore1in3 prayer vigils are taking place, one at St James’, Boroughbridge, at 12.15pm, and one at Halifax Minster, at 2pm.
Locally, MU already supports women’s refuges and baby banks, whose volunteers sometimes get up in the night to help women and children fleeing from their home.