Mention of domestic abuse, FGM, human trafficking and slavery.

The reason that I joined Mothers’ Union was the influence of this statement from the organisation: “when someone says, ‘oh no, that’s terrible, someone should do something’ … WE do something!”

We meet monthly on the first Thursday at 10am in St. Wilfrid’s Church for a short service, followed by refreshments and a talk.

Last summer, we had a talk about Cursillo. This is a few days of spiritual renewal which provide time away in the beautiful Launde Abbey (ask your church minister for more details). Members shared testimonies of healing and finding faith. Previously, we have heard about women fleeing domestic violence and arriving at a safe place with only the clothes that they were wearing;hence, our collection of new knickers. These, we pray, will bring blessings and dignity in times of distress.

During August’s meeting, there was a lively discussion about female genital mutilation and human trafficking/modern-day slavery. Some of us had attended a seminar by Bishop Isaiah and his wife Eserada in Tanzania on FGM, a practice which persists today despite being illegal.

What can we do?

Eserada’s message was to make a big noise about it. Unless these issues are widely known of, they will remain hidden and are allowed to continue. Education and reformation of the law play major roles in the suppression of such criminal practices.

If the content of this article has caused you to feel distress, these resources may be of aid:

Samaritans: 116123 or

Domestic Abuse Helpline: (0808)2000247

Alternatively, call 999 in an emergency or 111 for non-urgent advice.

Liz Scott