Apostolic Leader: Women should be resourced, down with GBV and child marriages
Indigenous churches are playing a huge role towards gender equity and equality which are the hallmark of any upright society, an Apostolic sect leader has said.
Hebert Thabo Senda church leader of the Madzibaba Enoch of Johane Masowe Nyenyedzinomwe Church of the Whole World said it was imperative to empower women so that society becomes equal at all levels.
“As churches, we really appreciate the contributions that indigenous churches have played and are still playing in making sure that gender equity and equality remains a reality rather than a rhetoric.”
Senda said churches should fully resource women and support them to realise their potential in contributing towards the various communities they live in. “As the leader of Johane Masowe Nyenyedzinomwe and the church at large, we see it possible that there is a need to fully resource women and children in churches as a tool for empowering our societies.”
“We really appreciate the government’s initiatives in empowering women which saw several women holding some positions of influence in churches. We now have Prophetesses in our apostolic, zion and other pentecostal churches having their voices being heard and also their involvement in decision making processes and consultations. This instills the sense of responsibility, accountability and belonging in all spheres of life.”
Senda also castigated leaders who are still championing child marriages and all perpetrators of gender-based violence. “Let’s all avoid gender based violence in our societies and denounce early child marriages.”
The sect leader also said peace should prevail in the country as it is beneficial towards sustainable development. “Peace should be taken as a template for sustainable development and as churches, we should show love and care for the needy in our societies.
As Jahone Masowe Nyenyedzinomwe and CCA, we pray that religious tolerance and co-existence will always prevail.” He said it is the role of the church to pray for the country’s political leaders of the day.
“As churches, we are also obliged to pray for the leadership of the day in order for them to have wisdom in execution of their officially assigned duties and services. We are there to preach peace in Africa and beyond and our quest to be involved in conflict resolution mechanisms makes us a yardstick in determination of sustainable development.”
Meanwhile, Senda donated a vehicle to one of its branches in Bulawayo on Saturday, an event attended by Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister,Judith Ncube and Women’s Affairs Minister, Dr. Sthembiso Nyoni.
“This donation of a vehicle by the Johane Masowe Nyenyedzinomwe Church of the Whole World is out of our quest to shun gender-based violence and child marriages which has been rife in our indigenous churches.
The Council for Churches in Africa’s vision, mission and initiatives therefore resonates well with Johane Masowe Nyenyedzinomwe efforts to transform all our churches to suit global standards, norms and values,” he said.
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