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29.03.2004 Education

Churches told to champion education on Intestate Succession Law

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Winneba, March 28, GNA - An official of the National Council on Women and Development(NCWD), Mrs Mercy Appiah-Emissah, has urged churches in the country to champion the education on the Intestate Succession Law, which seeks to protect the interest of women and children. Closing a week-long workshop organized by the Women's Fellowship of the Winneba District branch of the Seventh Day Adventist Church for about 100 women drawn from the Awutu-Effutu-Senya District on Friday, Mrs Appiah-Emissah also charged traditional councils to set up their own units to enlighten women on the law. She said efforts by succeeding governments to protect, defend and improve the lot of women and children could not achieve the desired goal if all vital stakeholders did not collaborate efforts to enhance education on the law.

Mrs Appiah-Emissah praised the church, particularly the Women's Fellowship, organizers of the workshop and urged leaders of the Fellowship to initiate more of such workshops and seminars to educate female members of the church on important national programmes and policies. She mentioned the HIV/AIDS pandemic, population explosion, domestic violence against women, rape as some of the pressing issues they should tackle to safeguard the interest of women and children.

Mrs Appiah-Emissah advised participants to ensure that the knowledge and skills they had acquired at the workshop be of benefit to the people in their areas of operation and not members of their church alone. Mrs Comfort Afful-Berkoh, president of the fellowship, announced the intention of the fellowship and leaders of the church in the Winneba District to organize more workshops to bring their members closer to issues that affect the development of the church and the nation. She counselled the participants to let the knowledge and skills they gained at the workshop to strengthen their relationship with their marriage partners, families and members of communities in which they live.

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