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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 I For immediate release
Throughout South Africa, women are involved in initiatives that are aimed at fighting poverty, crime, injustice and human trafficking. Therefore, they need to be celebrated every day and not just on special days, says the leader of The Salvation Army.
“Women have come a long way in their struggle for equality, peace and development in South Africa,” said Commissioner Andre Cox, The Salvation Army’s Territorial Commander. “As a result, they have played significant roles in making this country a better and safer place for children and other vulnerable members of our society.”
Speaking at the Soldiers Rally recently, with reference to Women’s month in August, Commissioner Cox, urged male Salvationists to protect and respect not only their wives and daughters, but also their female neighbours and colleagues.
According to Commissioner Cox, participation, equality and development of women is needed in order to experience social progress, peace and the complete enjoyment of human rights.
“Within The Salvation Army ranks, men and women are viewed as equal, and women clergy receive the same training, ordination and responsibilities as their male counterparts,” he said.
The Salvation Army has always expressed its support of gender equality on the belief that men and women have been equally created in the image of God.
Commissioner Cox said: “Women are so creative in finding ways to spreading the gospel through practical ways and sharing together. Because of their creativity, many other women and men have been inspired to begin projects that are making a difference in their communities.”
Together with the support and work of its women’s ministries, The Salvation Army is able to reach out to poor communities, provide disaster relief to areas that have been hit by floods and have helped raise money to enhance the lives of those less fortunate throughout Southern Africa.
“The women’s ministries play an essential role in giving communities the opportunity to enjoy a better life by providing food and shelter for the vulnerable members of our society and counselling for victims of violence and human trafficking,” he said.
Adding to the projects it does through its women’s ministries, the work of The Salvation Army includes homes for babies and children with HIV/Aids, pre-schools, shelters for the homeless, emergency services, feeding schemes, centres for abused women and children, homes for abandoned children, prevention of human trafficking and assistance to the victims.
The Salvation Army is an international movement and evangelical part of the universal Christian Church and has a professional record in rehabilitating and accommodating trafficking trade victims and addressing social injustice in a systematic, measured, proactive and Christian manner through its International Social Justice Commission.
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