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Women’s Summit Set For AOG Conference This Month

The Women’s Ministry of the Assemblies of God of Fiji will be holding a Women’s Summit on August 16 to 17 during the week of its Annual National AOG Conference
05 Aug 2016 09:53
Women’s Summit Set For AOG Conference This Month

The Women’s Ministry of the Assemblies of God of Fiji will be holding a Women’s Summit on August 16 to 17 during the week of its Annual National AOG Conference in Lautoka. The summit is to create awareness on all forms of violence against women and girls.

The theme chosen for this summit will be “Wake Up, Stand Up and Be Barrier Breakers” based on the scripture in 1 Peter 4:7 “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers”.

The president of the National AOG Women’s Ministry, Kolofiu Cakau highlighted that it is time for the church to recognise such issues exist that it is no longer a confidential matter that should be kept silent and only solved the traditional way.

The increasing cases of all types of violence on women and girls have urged the Women’s Ministry of the Assemblies of God in Fiji to provide the necessary support and an avenue to address this issue.

The Women’s Ministry say women and girls in the church are not exempt from all forms of violence and sometimes the perpetrators are the ones holding positions of leadership in the church.

Through discussions with major stakeholders, it is obvious that the number of victims is rising in Fiji and this has not only affected these women physically and emotionally but their livelihoods as well.

The ministry says it has contributed to economic loss and a deterioration in their way of life. Ms Cakau added that women in the church need to be made aware, be comfortable enough to talk about such issues and learn what they can do if they are a victim. Furthermore, they need to know how they can support and assist each other if they know of anyone in the church going through these issues. Thus the church has an active role to play in eliminating all forms of violence against women in Fiji.

The Women’s Ministry is grateful for the support by various organisations towards this event, particularly Westpac Bank, Post Fiji, East Fiji, Fiji Police Force and the Ministry of Health.

The venue for the Women’s Summit will be at the CMF Church in Samat lane, Waiyavi, Lautoka and registrations have already started at $20 per person for both days while sessions will begin from 8.30am to 1pm each day. More than 1500 women are expected to attend this summit and it is open to women of all faiths throughout Fiji.

The main speaker for this summit is Pastor Debbie Johnson. She is a highly respected and sought after speaker and trainer in the area of sex trafficking. Currently she is the chief executive officer of the NGO “Without Permission” based in the US. Pastor Johnson has a mandate to expose and help people heal from sexual slavery in America.  She believes “Without Permission” exists to remind a generation of the biblical principles that made her country great!

Source: AOG Women Fiji

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