By STEPHANIE BAWO
MEN have been urged to respect and care for women and girls.
Speaking yesterday at the Sir John Guise Stadium to mark the 40th anniversary of the United church women’s fellowship, the church’s moderator Rev Samson Lowa said women had always played an important role in development from their homes to their workplaces.
He said despite all that women had contributed, they were still abused by their husbands, sons and the community.
Lowa urged men and youths to recognise women for their efforts and to give them a better deal in their homes and in the corridors of power.
When congratulating the women, he said 40 years was worth celebrating not just as an organisation but as an organism guided by the spirit of God to continue to grow and minister to people.
He paid tribute to the early missionaries for bringing the gospel to and for teaching women the art of basket and mat weaving.
It had helped them with their ministry and as mothers.
Lowa said the women’s fellowship began not when the missionaries came but in the Bible when the gospel was being spread.
He said the United church women’s ministry continued to thrive and led the way forward.
The women celebrated the occasion with singing and dancing, art and craft display, floats and women’s marching band.
Some 48,000 members celebrated the occasion right around the country with K96,000 to be raised through the collection of K2 levy fee to go towards the building of their resource centre at Hohola in Port Moresby