March Guest Campaigns
Here at MNHQ, we think it makes sense to use the not-inconsiderable might of the Mumsnet collective for the greater good. That's why we regularly exchange links and public support with charities and pressure groups in areas Mumsnetters are interested in, such as special needs provision, child poverty, childcare, parenting, breastfeeding, maternity care and relationship support.
Every month, we highlight as many as 8 Guest Campaigns by charities or not-for-profit organisations. You can read all about our March 2015 Guest Campaigns below.
How can violence against women and harmful traditional practices like FGM be stopped?
Meron stood up against her husband to protect her daughters from FGM. She did this with the knowledge and support she got from a women’s rights group working in her village. And now she supports other women to challenge violence too.
Womankind Worldwide’s Stop Violence Against Women and Girls campaign is raising money so women’s rights groups like the one that helped Meron get the support they desperately need. And the UK government will match every donation made pound for pound.
- Find out how you can help women like Meron by supporting women's rights and stop violence against women and girls.
No child too hungry to learn.
Over 500,000 children in the UK go to school hungry every day. A hungry child can’t concentrate and misses out on core morning lessons. Magic Breakfast delivers free, nutritious breakfasts to 430 schools where more than 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Headteachers report that after breakfast pupils are more settled, with better concentration, behaviour, attendance and attainment. Magic Breakfast feeds over 16,500 children each morning, but has 250+ schools on its waiting list. It costs just 22p to give a child a Magic Breakfast. With your help the charity can reduce this list to zero.
Salt Awareness Week (16-22 March) is all about ensuring that everyone understands the importanceof a healthy start for children and that’s why Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) will be encouraging the food industry to act more responsibly by reducing the amount of salt they add to children's food and stop advertising high salt food to children.
In particular, they’ll be giving the low-down on which children’s meals fair up when it comes to salt content being served at family friendly eateries as well as offering advice and tips on keeping it healthy. By reducing salt intake, together you can help prevent people suffering from cardiovascular disease in later life - so let’s shake it up for Salt Awareness Week!
The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project made possible by The Big Lottery Fund. It’s the perfect recipe for having fun with your neighbours, feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhoods. Over the past six years Big Lunches of all sizes have happened in all kinds of communities, in streets, back gardens, parks and local community venues. The Big Lunch is calling on communities to take part this year and host their own Big Lunch events on Sunday June 7th June 2015.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month kicks off in March and research charity, Ovarian Cancer Action is calling for ALL women, especially those with a significant family history of either breast and/or ovarian cancer, to be ‘BRCA aware’ by checking out their family medical history. It may just save their life! Advances in genetic testing and knowledge enabling the identification of the ‘faulty’ BRCA1/2 cancer gene mean that women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer (i.e. more than one person) can now find out more about their own risk of developing the disease. Ovarian Cancer Action is encouraging people to use the BRCA Risk Tool designed to help them make more informed choices about whether BRCA1/2 testing should be considered.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer... yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to this devastating disease. This is unacceptable!
Brain Tumour Research is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.
Please ask your nurseries, schools and clubs to join in with Wear A Hat Day on Friday 27th March!
Help Brain Tumour Research fund the fight to find a cure.
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