Quakers' work in social justice has taken many forms over the years. Look on the back of a five pound note and you'll see the Quaker Elizabeth Fry who was an early prison reformer. Quakers also played a large part in the abolition of the British slave trade. Since 2009, Quakers in Britain have sought a change in the law so that same sex marriages can be prepared, celebrated, witnessed, reported to the state, and recognised as legally valid, in the same way as opposite sex marriages. Quakers consider that life-long committed relationships between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, should be celebrated in exactly the same way as the marriage of opposite sex couples. To us, marriage is a celebration of the committed relationship of two people who have found love for each other. Our testimony to equality demands that it should be available for all committed couples who seek it. We consider that any legislation for equal marriage should include the liberty of Quakers to conduct marriages in our Meeting Houses.
People & Planet is the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. They are a student-led movement that empowers young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to make change happen, at home and globally.
Generation 3.0 was a three year project designed to explore changing attitudes to race and racism. The project focused on creating spaces for older and younger people to come together to share their experiences and views on how we might end racism in a generation. They asked the question ‘What would it take to end racism in a generation?’
Sirina-Monique is a Peterborough student who was named Youth Campaigner of the Year by Stonewall, in her video she wanted to include religious premises and because of Quaker work and support for equality in this area decided to feature a Quaker meeting house in the video.