Lobatse — First lady Ms Neo Masisi has encouraged women from the Methodist Church of Southern Africa to help in the accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as outlined in the Agenda 2030 of the United Nations.
Speaking on April 12 during the church's Limpopo District 63rd annual women's convention in Kanye, Ms Masisi outlined that SDGs aimed to improve humanity through attainment of zero hunger, quality education, gender equality and clean energy, among others.
She pointed out that attainment of SDGs was not the responsibility of government, the private sector and non-governmental organisation alone.
"Churches and individuals must play a role because we are all in it.
Churches should provide the prayers, participate in character building and be major advocates for the SDGs.
They should be the angels for outreach in the most remote areas," Ms Masisi said.
She explained that when churches prayed for leaders, children, sick people, schools, and help to address societal issues such as gender based violence and drug abuse, they actually contribute in a major way in the accomplishment of SDGs.
She further encouraged churches to help poor people in their communities.
The first lady also urged women to speak on issues affecting their communities.
"Our voices as women are still not heard. " she said.
Ms Masisi said women have partly played a role in being marginalised on socio-economic development by doubting themselves, and therefore urged them to source inspiration from brave and powerful women in the Bible, such Hannah, Deborah and Mary, and play a more active role in leadership and development.
"Women have a mammoth task of being nurturers, caretakers, pillars and providers of warmth to their families.
We build our homes, communities and countries, and indeed we build the world, as such we have no option, but to be closer to God," she said.
Limpopo District president, Ms Duduzile Nhlapo pointed out that their convention brought together women from the Methodist churches of Botswana and South Africa to specifically plan and strategise for their district.
She said the district was made of four regions from South Africa and the Botswana region.
"We consider the 2019 convention hosted in Botswana as divine appointment that allows us to reflect on our journey as the Limpopo District," she said.
The four-day convention, which finished on Sunday, was held under the theme 'Women Serving God to Build the Future'.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>