The Trust aims to fund projects in and around Merseyside that relate to the life and work of Josephine Butler by highlighting issues such as criminal justice or domestic abuse, or that promote women’s empowerment, notably in a church setting.
Josephine Butler was one of the most revolutionary and energetic social reformers of the nineteenth century. She campaigned vigorously against the sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and children striving for legislative reform to provide some degree of protection, equality and justice. She was heavily involved in advocating for improved education for women notably access to Universities and for women’s suffrage. She is remembered on 30th May in the calendar of the Church of England –the same day as the awards ceremony.
The awards are sponsored by the Trustees in partnership with The Canon Chancellor of Liverpool Cathedral and the Officers of Church & Society.
The awards were presented by Canon Angela White (Chair of Church & Society and Chief Executive, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service), Revd Canon Alison Woodhouse (Chaplain to the Queen and Former Area Dean of Sefton), Canon Val Jackson (Cathedral Archivist and Chair, Action Group on Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns) and June Houghton (Diocesan President of the Mother’s Union). Recipients were also given an extra surprise when Pauline Lewis, Honorary Secretary for the Trust and Diocesan Secretary for The Mothers’ Union dressed up as Josephine Butler for the ceremony.
Ultan Russell, Chair of the Josephine Butler Memorial Trust and Director of Church and Society at the Diocese of Liverpool said: “When choosing the recipients of these scholarships, we asked ourselves, ‘If Josephine Butler were alive today, what would she be doing?’ All of these recipients are clearly keeping Josephine Butler’s ideals alive, but more importantly they are making them tangible and impactful in today’s society. They are living their faith in the same way that she did.”
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Read some of the intercessions used on the day (using Josephine's own words)