Whilst the age of gender equity and women empowerment was only ushered with the advent of democracy in South Africa, the UAAC leadership already recognized the importance of women participation in church almost decade earlier with the establishment of the UAAC Women‘s movement in 1987. In this regard, the church leadership took a principled decision that women are just as important or valued as men. They should be honored and rewarded for their work as men. However, biblical teachings still guide women activities in relation to the church.
Consequently, the UAAC women’s ministry is one of the most essential and influential parts of the church. Since inception in 1987, the ministry had successfully fostered spiritual and mental development amongst women, both young and old. As a result, the National Women Conference is the second biggest gathering of the UAAC.
The ministry also encourages interaction with other women with common interests. Prayer services through night vigils are encouraged at a district level.
Their activities also place more emphasis on building families and praying for families and the entire church. They exchange ideas on attributes of a “good mother / women” in the family, church, at work and in the social circles. All these should be in accordance with biblical teachings.
The ministry also plays a role in empowering women on the following areas:
- Personal growth
- Positive thinking and attitudes towards self and life and self-esteem.
The National Women Conference is held at the end of March or beginning of April, whilst Provincial Conferences are held in May each year .
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The leaders in the Women Ministry are:
[infobox color=”#a2b1bf” textcolor=”#000000″ icon=”book”]Bible Verse Luk 23:27 And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.[/infobox]