Speaking to 2 500 women at the Cenacle of Faith in Johannesburg and 2 500 others through live-streaming in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg, guest presenters, Marcia Paulo from Cape Town, Cirlene Correia from Durban and Pinky Dada from Port Elizabeth, said women need to think differently about themselves, realise their value and the important role they play in families and society, give wings to their dreams and write a new chapter in their lives.
Organised by Women in Action, pastors’ wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, and Godllywood, a project that aims to groom women to become positive influences in families and society, speakers shared their life experiences and how they overcame negative influences, learned how to value themselves, live fulfilled lives and achieve their potential.
Marcia Pires, head of Godllywood in South Africa and founder of Women in Action said: “As women we have been influenced by negative and positive incidents in our lives which shape us into the people we are today. As we have been influenced, so we influence others. Many of us have suffered rejection which makes us feel worthless. We need to return to the Biblical truth that Eve, the first woman, was the culmination of creation, and accept that we are precious and valued by God. Women have great inner strength and the ability to share and resolve problems through communication. They play important roles in supporting husbands and raising children. In the workplace they play increasingly valuable roles, but this often causes stress as they have to balance many demands and commitments. We should never lose sight of our value and our purpose. With this Godly perspective, we can overcome past hurts, build our own self-esteem and reflect our value to those around us.”
Speakers urged women to change their mindsets, value, love and respect themselves, know who they are, identify the influences in their lives and ensure that they make wise choices. Women who understand and appreciate their value can be significantly powerful influences in the lives of their children, families and society. Women play an important role in encouraging others through positive affirmation and helping them to develop a healthy self-esteem.
Based on the principles of the life-changing book, The V-woman by Cristiane Cardoso, the symposium inspired women to make a decision to set themselves free from their past and change their lives. Rather than being objects to be taken for granted and abused, women were encouraged to appreciate their value and live fulfilled lives.
To change society women need to change the way they view themselves. By refusing to accept abuse and accepting their role of wives, mothers, daughters and friends, they could help instill Godly values in society and help redress the scourge of violence and abuse against women.
For further information please contact Nametso Mofokeng, UCKG public relations department on 011 224 3400.
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