Participants in a group photograph
Participants in a group photograph

He said education on gender equity or equality, setting the same level of fields and opportunities for all irrespective of sex and social standing, would be the best solution in helping to give women their rightful place in society.

Participants in a group photograph
Participants in a group photograph
Speaking at the opening of the “Faith to Action Women’s Conference (FAWC) 2016,” underway at the Presbyterian Interfaith Research and Resource Centre at Abokobi in the Ga West District, Rev. Ayete-Nyampong said despite the fact that society had advanced so much, most women were yet to fully participate and contribute their quota to national development and transformation.

The four-day conference being held on the theme: “Women as Agent of Conflict Transformation, Reconciliation and Development,” is being attended by women from the Christian, Muslim and Traditional leadership.

It aims at inspiring and empowering women leaders to transform their religious faiths into action for the peace and development of society.

Rev. Ayete-Nyampong said traditional views and cultural orientation continue to deny women equal opportunity in all areas of improvement and development such as education, and participation in politics and national development.

“But I have never doubted that women possess equal intelligence and abilities as men, if not better. These days girls’ schools are doing better than boys’ schools. In many mixed schools girls perform better than their male counterparts.

“This means that women are not inferior to men in any way, and they have the capacity to compete and also compliment the efforts of men by contributing to conflict transformation, reconciliation and development,” he said.

Rev. Ayete-Nyampong, therefore, advised women to rise up to the occasion and harness the gifts and potentials within them so they could positively contribute to conflict transformation, reconciliation and development.

“One cannot deny the fact that women have nurtured the lives of every human being and have caringly sustained life and promoted dignity, decency, love and development,” he said.

Rev Professor Dan J. Antwi, the Director of the Presbyterian Interfaith Research and Resource Centre (PRRIC), host of the conference, said the gathering also served as a platform for inter-religious dialogue as participants from different religious institutions and regions interacted and got to know more about each other’s faith.

He said the PIRRC designed the conference five years ago to help empower women of faith to mitigate conflict and to strengthen their capacity for peace building and support the development of a diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society.

Rev. Antwi said this year’s participants would be trained to work at the frontlines of community development, education, reconciliation, and peace building as they became useful resources by taking initiatives to promote religious diversity and social cohesion.

Nii Samuel Adjetey Mohenu, the Chief of Abokobi, commended the women for availing themselves for such training that would to enable them to play a part in national peace and reconciliation.

He urged religious and social leaders to help advocate the education of women in general and more particularly the girl-child.

Other speakers billed for the conference include Mrs Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, the Founder of Ark Foundation who is to speak on “Leadership in Crisis and Difficult Situations; The power of the Woman; and Mrs Afia Darkwa Amanor who would speak on: “Transforming Conflicts – Women in Dialogue for Peaceful Change”.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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