Women say no to abuse

2016-04-20 06:00
AS part of the convention programme, the women marched to the Batho Police Station to hand over the memorandum to highlight awareness on woman and child abuse.  Photos: Supplied

AS part of the convention programme, the women marched to the Batho Police Station to hand over the memorandum to highlight awareness on woman and child abuse. Photos: Supplied

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THE Women’s Manyano of the Methodist Church in Southern Africa in the Kimberley, Namibia and Bloemfontein District (K.N.B) were moved and inspired by the strong message from the district bishop, Rev. Leseba Nkhumise, who encouraged them to express diversity in the church.

“We are one and need to be together and forget our differences, our cultures and move on,” said Nkhumise.

The women, under the leadership of their district president, Matsekiso Vimbela, were addressed during their 89th annual convention from 30 March to 3 April in the Bloemfontein Circuit.

The convention was held under the theme, Living a transformed life worthy of our calling as praying women.

Nkhumise’s message was taken from the gospel according to Matthew 5:27.

He illustrated his message using the image of a three-legged pot: the legs repesenting diversity (to be dealt with this year), heritage (to be dealt with in 2017) and spirituality (to be dealt with in 2018).

During her presidential address, Vimbela reminded the Women’s Manyano that women always have to face different challenges.

Sometimes they tend to forget who they are and what they represent in the church of God. She encouraged them to live a life worthy of their calling, and to pray for their country, communities, children and families.

“We need to pray for all and also for our country. We should be like a tree identified by its fruit, which is prayer,” added Vimbela.

She gave an example of a woman who said no for the first time to her abusive husband when she had to show her body to her husband’s friends.

“For the first time in her life, she said no. Let us say no to woman and child abuse.

“Let us fight for one another instead of against one another.

“We need to break the silence on woman and child abuse.”

As part of the convention programme, the women marched to the Batho Police Station to hand over a memorandum which highlighted awareness of woman and child abuse.

More than a thousand mothers took part in the march.

According to the women, the convention, arranged by the District Christian Citizenship Services, was a success.

The mothers also visited a local school where they donated sanitary towels for girls, and toys for the young ones.

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