Our representative this committee is Hilary Moran.
What is our aim? We are about raising awareness within our faith communities and
elsewhere of domestic abuse, challenging preconceptions and standing together as
people of God with those who are abused.
What do we do? At present we are raising awareness with a shoe exhibition ‘Souls
of our Shoes’. We have approx. 70 pairs, each with a caption mostly from those who
are survivors of abuse, but also from those from faith communities and politicians.
It has been held in many places in Scotland such as the Scottish Parliament Edinburgh,
St Mungo Museum Glasgow, Scottish Episcopal Cathedrals of Glasgow and Edinburgh and
many smaller churches and shop windows. We have been at several events and conferences
such as the Mothers’ Union conference and ‘Heart and Soul’ Church of Scotland event
Princess Street, Edniburgh.
Latest venture. We have taken the shoes into one senior school (below) and had a
very good response. Following from this with feedback we have developed a leaflet
and have ideas on how, using the exhibition, it can be used to the fullest in a school
situation. We have also taken it into two prisons in Scotland along with giving workshops
for both prison officers and offenders We received great feedback from both prisons,
but we can no longer go to any other prisons as they are looking at reviewing their
own training on this subject.
Further information from our website ifgoda.org.uk We have the physical shoes and
a photographic shoe exhibition which can be sent anywhere in the country at a fair
price by courier now. We just ask for the cost of transport to be met by those borrowing
Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking
Hilary Moran was recently invited by the Action for Churches Together Scotland (ACTS)
Anti-Human Trafficking group to attend a symposium and conference they had organised
to discuss what can be and is being done to combat human trafficking.
The opening address at the symposium was given by Dr. Aidan McQuade, who is the director
of the organisation Anti-slavery International; he also gave the key note address
at the conference. Matthew Ross chair of ACTS chaired some of the sessions. Jonathan
Roberts from the Salvation Army led a reflection at the conference on ‘Why should
we care about human trafficking’.
Human Trafficking is modern day slavery. Modern day slavery is principally a social
justice issue, which means it is caused by the distribution of wealth, opportunities,
and privileges within a society. The reason for human trafficking is poverty.
We looked at many Biblical references which demonstrated to us as Christians as to
why we felt compelled to stand up and try to make a difference. It was recognised
by us as a group that anyone who has empathy can also want to make a difference.
We also looked at why there are so few prosecutions despite many countries having
human trafficking legislation.
Read Hilary’s full report and download an article suitable for publishing in church
magazines by clicking here.
Bye Buy Childhood Campaign
In March 2015, Mother’s Union has published the latest report about the Bye Buy Childhood
Campaign. The 2015 report highlights new research findings, along with the results
of in-depth interviews with a number of parents, and calls for continued support
for and investment in this area from government.
Over the past decade, Mothers’ Union has played a significant role in speaking out
against the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood, and the impact it can
have on children and their families. Whilst progress has been made in this area,
there is evidence that advertising and marketing continue to be the backdrop to the
lives of children and young people with spending on all marketing and advertising
in the UK having risen steadily over the past 14 years.
Click here to download the campaign report and the supporting engagement pack. The
link takes you to the Bye Buy Campaign website where you can learn more about the
campaign as well as accessing the resources mentioned above.
The shoes in this exhibition speak on behalf of abused individuals who suffer and
some who die at the hands of their partner. Other comments come from those who journey
with them. Their reflections represent a faith perspective.
“It is God's intention for all human beings, male, female, child and adult, to enjoy
safety, freedom, dignity and fullness of life. Abuse in the home is a violation of
God's wish for humanity as it can adversely affect an individual's relationship with
God and also creates substantial damage in the family, in the community and in society
as a whole.” (From the Inter-Faith Statement)
With timely help, many can escape from their abusive situation, rebuild their confidence
and live in safety.
This exhibition has been adapted from the '104 pairs of shoes' initiated by the YWCA.
It is now available in two versions. One is an exhibition of shoes and the other
a picture exhibition, which may be more suitable for a small venue.
Further information is available on the Scottish Interfaith Group on Domestic Abuse
website (Please click here). If you would like to host the exhibition yourself,
please contact the Group. Their contact details are on their website at this link.
There is no charge for using the exhibition in either format.