21 August 2019 | From July 29 to August 4, over 4,000 women attending an Adventist women’s ministries conference petitioned the Ghanaian government to strengthen laws against the abuse of women in the country.
The group urged the country’s Ministry of Women, Children and Social Protection to raise awareness of such abuse and lead the way in the strengthening of anti-abuse legislation.
According to news platform Joy Online, the event took place in the city of Kumasi in southern Ghana. Women attended from 22 different countries across the denomination’s West-Central Africa region.
“United Nations statistics shows that one in every three women around the world will experience abuse sometime in her life. One in three women seated here will experience abuse sometime in her life and so we launched the “End it Now” campaign to bring this issue of abuse to the attention of every member of our church and to people in our communities,” says Heather-Dawn Small, director of women’s ministries at the General Conference of the Adventist Church.
Attendees met at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi for the six-day event titled “Saved to Serve.”
“We want to equip women. We want to equip women so that they would get the necessary training and skills needed to build their homes so that they would be agents of change. Don’t forget that women have great responsibility of raising children, and these are children who would become citizens of our country tomorrow. So if the country is going to have good citizens, it depends on the training the women are giving to their children,” said Omobonike Sessou, director of women’s ministries for the West-Central African Division.