7 campaigns, £22,000 and Hillary Clinton: 2014 in review

Can we just check that nobody is ostentatiously breastfeeding [wink]? Then we’ll begin…

CampaignsWe wanted to give you a quick update on all the MNHQ campaigns news from 2014 - and thank MNers for their incredible energy and commitment.

As part of our Miscarriage Care campaign, we called on all the major political parties to pledge to improve miscarriage care by 2020. The response? Labour Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced a commitment to improve miscarriage care in Labour's 2015 manifesto - and we had a very positive meeting with Labour in Parliament in December. Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb has also pledged his personal support and will argue for the commitment to be included in the Liberal Democrat manifesto. Please do check out our campaign video.

Following on from this discussion we officially got behind the No More Page 3 campaign. Justine (42 [ahem], from North London) said: "The implication of Page 3 is pretty clear: men make the news, and women stand next to the news in their pants." You can sign the petition here, and have a look around the No More Page 3 site here.

Also, after a Mumsnet survey and pressure from No More Page 3 and Child Eyes, Tesco announced this November that it will keep the front covers of tabloid newspapers out of children's eyelines.

We continued to call for compulsory SRE in schools to be much more comprehensive - this time together with Everyday Sexism and the End Violence Against Women coalition. The pressure is on to have all the major parties signed up for more and better SRE by the coming General Election.

 

 

We welcomed Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Mumsnet (yes, Hillary Clinton!). See what she has to say on abortion rights, learning to brush off misogynist criticism, becoming a grandmother - and how she squares her position as a feminist icon with 'standing by her man' in our video here.

 

2014 was also the year of the Scottish Referendum; a significant moment in the history - and future - of Scotland and the UK. We hosted the final head-to-head debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling in August. Here's a short video in which they answer some of the questions that came up on the thread.

Following our survey into the UK's political culture, in which 76% of you said that Prime Minister’s Questions was "unprofessional and outdated", we launched a petition asking David Cameron to give PMQs a refresh. Our petition has received over 60,000 signatures.

In June, we hosted our first ever Mumsnet Giving Week, when we shined a light on five great causes - two fantastic charities and three inspiring community projects - nominated by Mumsnetters. Together, we were able to raise a whopping £22,604.86. See how your money made a difference here.

As the year came to a close, we got near-unanimous support from MNers to get behind BPAS's 'Back Off' campaign to stop anti-abortion protestors harassing women seeking healthcare at abortion clinics.

In 2015, keep an eye out for new developments in our This Is My Child campaign, asking all local authorities to follow through on their duties to parents and children, and for some campaigning on #everydayageism with Gransnet.

Thank you again for all your support - there wouldn't be any Mumsnet campaigns without you. So do keep posting thoughts and ideas for campaigns and, of course, spreading the word.

 

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