Mothers Union Logo
Search: Mothers Union Durham Diocese

News & Events

What's new at Durham Diocese Mothers' Union

The latest news, announcements and upcoming events

Jun 29 2021


A copy of the Summer 2021 edition of Durham Mothers Union Newsround has been uploaded to the resources section of the website.Please take a look.. 


Joan Parr

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign. It takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Significant dates throughout the campaign include:

November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 29 – International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

December 1 – World AIDS Day

December 5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

December 6 – Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, which is observed as the

 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada

December 10 – International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Throughout the campaign, Mothers’ Union joins with around 6,000 organisations from approximately 187 countries who participate in the campaign, to raise awareness of, and call for an end to, gender-based violence in all forms and in all societies. There is often a theme for the campaign but as of the production of this pack (September 2020) this has not been announced.As part of the campaign this year we will be holding our first Global Day which is centred around the disturbing figure that “1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced domestic or sexual abuse” and that Mothers’ Union, as a leading women’s organisation, believe this to be unacceptable.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign is an extension of the day-to-day grassroots work of Mothers’ Union. We work alongside communities to help end gender-based violence and to support those affected by it, every day of the year.



Dec 10 2020

In this topsy-turvy year, AFIA has been yet another casualty. Thanks to the generosity of members in 2019, there were sufficient funds in the account to enable many families to be helped, but alas, this has not been possible. There have only been 2 referrals. The first application was in February, on behalf of 2 grandparents who had just been granted legal custody of 5 grandchildren, and wanted to go on a Caravan holiday in the school summer holidays. All arrangements were in place and then l lockdown happened. As soon as caravan parks were allowed to reopen, the company got in touch, but due to shortage of staff, it proved difficult to finalise details. After many phone calls, and much pulling out of hair! the family were able to have their holiday, and I received a very moving message from the grandfather, thanking Mothers’ Union for enabling them to have a strong bonding experience. The other referral was on behalf of a single father and his children wanting to go to Blackpool. All was arranged and then, sadly, the father had a heart attack, so it is on hold until he recovers – which he is well on the way to doing. We just wait to hear if government restrictions will enable the holiday to go ahead.

All this means that there is still a sufficient amount in AFIA funds for the rest of the year, but if, as I suspect, we get more applications next year, extra donations would be gratefully received. Also, please keep on the lookout for families who need our help. As the financial implications of this year begin to hit families next year, there may well be more and more that we can do.



Jan 23 2017

We're pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website.

    Help to suppport our projects
    Get involved with Mothers' Union Become a member