I am deeply convinced that, in women, the world has at its disposal the most significant and yet largely untapped potential for development and peace...Women are still severely hampered by discrimination, lack of resources and economic opportunities, by limited access to decision-making and by gender based violence."Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, United Nations
As Christians we accept that women and men are equal in the eyes of God. However, women and girls are treated unequally throughout the world. Too often women’s invaluable contributions to family life, the workplace, the church and political life are either ignored or dismissed by those in authority.
Mothers’ Union advocates a culture of equal treatment, shared authority and mutual accountability. We lobby governments at the highest level, at the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York, to form international agreements that improve and empower the lives of women and girls across the world.
At the national level, Mothers’ Union members campaign to improve the lives of women and girls through lobbying their governments, raising awareness of gender inequalities through workshops and taking part in activism such as marches and petitions.
This year Mothers' Union will be lobbying governments at the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women on women's empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals
Read our full statement to the 2016 UNCSW here
Read our edited public versionof our 2016 CSW statement here
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women conducted a 16 day visit to the UK in April 2014. At the end of this visit, she issued the following report: