[The Christian Voice] Women from the various Kenyan church denominations gathered at St. Paul's United Theological College in Limuru, Kenya, to share their experiences in ministry and urged the church to find measures to improve poor women and structures that empower and disempower them.
These sentiments came out of a seminar under the theme 'Called for such a time as this', which was sponsored by the World Council of Churches through the National Council of Churches in Kenya. It covered a range of topics on Women in Leadership, Reading the Scriptures, Women organisations, Family Law, Networking, and Counselling HIV/AIDS victims among others.
Difficulties that are facing the clergywomen were also an area of concern. The seminar highlighted the issue that economically, clergy women's terms and conditions are not well revised and that they are often overlooked when it comes to promotions.
The seminar drew women from the Anglican Church of Kenya, Methodist Church of Kenya, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa, African Christian Churches and Schools, The Quakers, The Mennonite Church, Reformed Church of East Africa and the Church of Peace in Africa.
MP for Dangoretti, Mrs Beth Mugo praised women who have been ordained. The ordained ministry is still viewed as a male dominated sector.
She said, " What we are advocating is for a recognition for women's capabilities and expertise. We are saying that women also have certain qualities that can help shape the quality of life in this country. Women want to be recognised as equal partners in social, political and economic development in this country."
Mrs Mugo quickly explained that the crusade for gender equity and equality should not be misconstructed to mean that women want to turn around and seize leadership so that they can marginalise men.
A Church Army sister, Rhoda Dzombo, said churches should sponsor women in ministry who intend to pursue degree courses. "They will come back and help their churches back at home. Women are eager to work with their male counterparts than vice versa," she said.