Member Qusetionnaire

This week's message comes from Mary Sumner House: responding is easy, and members' feedback, either individually or as a group, is essential to the decisions for support taken by MU.

Message from Rose Wright, Policy Manager:

policy@mothersunion.orgIf you would rather let us know your thoughts by email or post, please send them to:

We would be grateful for all comments, stories, examples and recommendations on this theme, even if you feel you don’t have a wide range of expertise in this area, and even if you don’t live in a rural area yourself.

The questions can be completed individually, or as part of a group activity (for example in a literacy circle or at a branch meeting).

, and the questions can also be found below in the body of this email. Please feel free to copy or print these as required. would be very grateful if you could complete, and circulate the questionnaire to all members within your remit as appropriate. It can be completed online at:

As a member led movement, Mothers’ Union always seeks the views of our membership, to make sure that we truly are representing you, and therefore each year we ask members to feed their views, opinions and experiences on the theme, to us. This will inform our official statement to the UN which will be published by October, and will inform our work at the Commission in March.

The theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2018 is: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Mothers’ Union members engage with many decision makers around the world on this topic, and at the international level, we campaign with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which brings together hundreds of Governments to address the issues facing women. Mothers’ Union attends the Commission on the Status of Women in March each year, with staff and members from around the world. During the Commission we represent the views and issues of concern to our worldwide membership, to national Governments and international institutions, with the aim of influencing Governments around the world to make laws and policies which reflect the true needs of women.

As I am sure you are aware, Mothers’ Union members advocate across the world to challenge injustice, and promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life. One of the areas we campaign a lot on, as well as addressing through practical action, is gender equality, ending violence against women and the empowerment of women and girls throughout the world.
>, or to: Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3RB.

Please make sure that all responses are sent back to us by Friday 15th September at the latest.

We will also be inviting members around the world to apply to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status in 2018 with Mothers’ Union, on a self funded basis, over the coming weeks, and will provide more information on this soon.
Thank you in advance.


1. Which Mothers’ Union province are you from?

2. Name (optional)

3. In your opinion, what are the key issues and challenges facing rural communities in your country?

4. In your opinion, what are the unique issues and challenges particularly facing women, women’s empowerment and gender equality in rural communities in your country? Please give examples if you have them.

5. Please rank the top five issues and challenges facing rural women in your country, which are of most concern to you (if any):

’       Child mortality

’       Conflict

’       Depression and suicide

’       Disability

’       Early marriage

’       Education of girls

’       Exclusion from decision making roles/lack of participation

’       Food insecurity

’       Gender based violence

’       Harmful cultural practices

’       Human Trafficking/modern day slavery

’       Lack of education/illiteracy

’       Lack of equality with men

’       Lack of services and infrastructure (i.e. health facilities, banks, postal services)

’       Loneliness and isolation

’       Malnutrition

’       Maternal health

’       Poverty

’       Unequal laws (e.g. land rights, inability to inherit, rights of widows etc)

’       Other (Please state):

6. What do you think the root causes of the issues identified above are? Please explain and give examples where possible?

7. In your opinion which factors make the experiences of rural women in your country worse?

8. Are there particular groups of rural women who are more marginalised or excluded in your country? Please state, and give examples where possible.

9. In your opinion, what are the unique opportunities and benefits available to rural women in your country? Please give examples.

10. What work (if any) is your Mothers’ Union doing to address the issues affecting rural women? Please give examples.

11. Are there any other key issues around the experiences of rural women that you feel should be included in Mothers’ Union’s representation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2018?


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