Nigeria: Adventist Women Speak Out on Gender

September 15, 2022 | nigeria | Ezinwa Alozie | Source : ANN

Human society faces many challenges, most of which are man-made. At the heart of the problems that threaten the fabric of human society is violence — violence against men, women and children.

Ending issues of abuse and violence has been a major concern for the Women’s Ministries department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide.

This is what made the initiative necessary enditnowlaunched in October 2009 by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in partnership with Adventist Women’s Ministries, to raise awareness and share solutions on ways to end all forms of violence and abuse in the world.

When boundaries are crossed, someone is always hurt.

This year, the 2022 edition of Emphasis Day enditnow, held on August 27, focused on abuse of power. So millions of Adventist women around the world have raised their voices to say no to the abuse of power.

In Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, the message was loud and clear as women leaders of Seventh-day Adventist churches coordinated a peaceful march across their various sites to say no to abuse of power and violence. against men, women and children. Their signs, bearing various inscriptions, communicated the desired messages to the public and the spectators.

The message was amplified by the youth orchestra which played the rhythmic tunes of the peaceful march against violence. The News Agency of Nigeria, Radio Nigeria and other independent media organizations were present to provide the necessary media coverage.

Women leaders took turns expressing their feelings about the need to end abuse and violence against women, men and children. Labara Okah, women’s ministries director for the North Central Nigeria Adventist Conference (part of the Northern Nigeria Conference), urged women, men and children to always speak up.

She further called on the Nigerian government to address the root causes of gender-based violence and fight the impunity that often accompanies this scourge, by implementing policies and enacting laws for a stronger national response that can support victims and survivors of violence.

Another leader, Chibuenyim Munachim of the Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Abuja, called on pastors, imams, teachers, lawyers, doctors, medical professionals, social scientists, economists, public health specialists, gender equality specialists, statisticians — all those who belong to all areas of life — to say no to abuse of power and violence.

“Whether at home, at school or in the workplace, managing power without abusing it is the true test of character and leadership; I therefore encourage those in positions of power to lead properly with the fear of God and not abuse the power entrusted to them,” Ms. Munachim exclaimed. She also called on young people to avoid violence and embrace peace at all times, reminding those in positions of authority that youth inclusion is key to a sustainable future.

Jane Abraham of the Asokoro Seventh-day Adventist Church in Abuja decried the rate of abuse and violence in many homes and workplaces, adding that it will continue to hamper the sustainable development of society if nothing is done. is made to nip it in the bud.

For Chinyere Elebesunu, violence against women is a human rights issue that strongly hinders women and girls from contributing to national development.

According to Elebesunu, many cases of violence against women in Nigeria are influenced by financial factors, ranging from husbands preventing their wives from working or denying them funds for necessities such as children’s school fees, services health and even food.

However, Ms. Elebesunu advised women to spend wisely and avoid mistrust which leads to fights and abuse. She also urged women to seek additional knowledge and learn skills to help in the home, adding that they should not forget about the welfare of their children and advising them to train their children in a “godly manner.” from which they will not separate for a better society”.

The occasion allowed the women to distribute thousands of Bible books, such as To Jesus and The True Church [La véritable Église]among others.

As women have interceded for victims of abuse of power and domestic violence in Nigeria and around the world, one of the remarkable lessons from the 2022 day of action enditnow is that the scent of beauty can last everywhere when there is love at home. The story of a nation begins at home. Thus, a home without violence breeds a peaceful and progressive society. Say NO to violence and abuse of power. End it now !

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