April 30, 2017:   The Adventist Church in Ghana has trained female members of the denomination in vocational skills.

The news site Ghana News reported that the training took place from April 11-16 at the Techiman campus of Adventist-run Valley View University in the Brong-Ahafo Region of the country.

The theme of the training event was “Touch a heart to touch my world.”

The event is held every two years and is specifically aimed at teaching Adventist women new vocational skills.

The hope is to increase the income potential of Adventist women in the region.

Attendees this year were taught how to produce beads, detergent and natural fruit drink.

Two thousand women from both the northern and southern Ghanaian Union Conference of the denomination attended the event.

Approximately 400 were officially certified through an Andrews University Leadership Certification Program.

Omobonike Adeola Sessou, Women’s Ministries Director of the West-Central African Division of the denomination congratulated those certified for their work and encouraged them to use their skills to boost their incomes.

According to Washington DC-based public policy organization the Brookings Institution, women in Ghana have less access to the job market and formal education.

For this reason entrepreneurial initiatives for women that provide income and drive innovation, are seen as especially important in the country.

Brookings points to official data from a Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring (GEM) survey in the country showing that the number of female entrepreneurs far outweighs that of their male counterparts.

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