The Anglican Women's Fellowship (AWF) under the Anglican Diocese of Botswana, hosted a conference themed 'Revive, Relate, Rejoice Women of God' to mark AWFs 20th Anniversary. Issues addressed at the gathering included the role of the church in fighting poverty, women in poverty, with a variety of issues including challenges faced by women. Speakers at the event, Magdeline Mabuse and Vanqa, informed the gathering that AWF, after conducting a study, engaged in an outreach programme, aimed at addressing issues of poverty, violence, and disease amongst others.
She said AWF as a way of improving quality of life came up with a Women and Youth Skills Development and Education Project, explaining that, training offered includes business skills, commercial skills, and human resource, just to mention a few. She said the programme is also mindful that not all individuals will get employment hence the importance of equipping women and youth with self-sustainability skills, where individuals can learn certain traits that will help them sustain themselves and possibly create employment for others.
She said some of the programmes offered include bead-work, explaining that a considerable amount have already finished the course. She also said that other programmes include professional gardening, and Horticulture.According to information on their AWF on the Anglican website, AWF believes that focusing on women and youth and investing in them, will improve their quality of life, and help break the cycle of poverty and unemployment that is prevalent in the country.
Other speakers at the event included Reverend Mother Catherine Cox from the Diocese of West Missouri, USA, Lisa Towle from the Diocese of North Carolina, USA and Ritha Menyatso from Matlsana Diocese.