Mothers’ Union Devotion Wednesday 24th November 2021

We pray today for the work of Mothers’ Union across the world as we address the impact of gender justice on women and girls. We give thanks for the opportunities to campaign for change and to minister to those who are currently suffering injustice and discrimination. Wednesday 24th Mothers’ Union Prayer diary.

Tomorrow begins the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and Abuse. Mothers’ Union will join with over 6,000 organisations from around 187 countries in this international campaign – A call for an end to gender-based violence and abuse. Mothers’ Union works throughout the year to help and support those who have been affected by such gender-based violence as well as working alongside communities to help end domestic abuse. On Saturday 27th November, there is a Global Day of Activism where Mothers’ Union members are asked to reflect and call for – #nomore1in3. At 1.03 pm we are asked to hold a 3-minute silence preferably gathered together with other members so that our call is a visible sign in our communities. We are also being asked to wear a purple scarf on Saturday in order to mark this Global Day of Action.

The increased levels of domestic abuse seen in the Covid pandemic, along with the deeply shocking rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer in this country, serve to remind us that this is not a distant problem in other cultures. It is something that is going on behind closed doors throughout all parts of our society and culture. We may not all be able to take part in the many large events that are taking place throughout these 16 days. Nevertheless, we are all able to join in the campaign through our prayers. You should have received with your latest Connected magazine a copy of a prayer diary for these 16 days. Each day highlights a particular area for prayer, along with some words of Scripture and some thoughts to reflect upon. I would encourage you to follow this diary for the next 16 days because it is through increased knowledge of the extent and consequences of such gender-based violence that we recognise where we can be of help. Supporting those looking for a way out of danger and the long-term repercussions of their past traumas.

Lord, today we make a commitment to take a stand: to say ‘no more 1 in 3’, to use our eyes to see where change needs to be made, to use our voices to challenge injustice in our world. May we support people experiencing abuse, enabling them to reach their full potential and may we call for change. Amen

With all my love and prayers

Revd Sandra