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YWCA commemorates international women's day

Apr 12, 2010, 3:14 PM | Article By: Nfamara Jawneh

The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) on Saturday 10th April commemorated the International Women's Day, with a symposium at its premises in Kanifing South.

The theme of the event was Christian Women in Today's World.

The celebration was characterised by interaction among participants, thus highlighting the achievements of women and challenges facing them in society.

Christian women also reaffirmed the commitment of becoming role models in society. They also stressed that men and women should see each other as partners in development.

YWCA members also in their celebration emphasised that women should be cared for and not abused or oppressed.

They maintained that women should be given the necessary support and encouragement to be active in both political and economic development in society.

Making a presentation on women and finance, Madam Adele Frazer of YWCA advised Christian women to adopt a culture of savings. She further advised them not to spend more than their earnings.

"We should be contented with what we have and remember to pay ourselves first," she said.

Participants also called for the need to revisit salary scales in the country to deter women from engraining in unwarranted activities.

Contributions from participants highlighted the need to be sympathetic and compassionate and to show a form of solidarity to each other. Overspending by women during festive occasions was also a concern to some of them who participated in Saturday's commemoration.

An executive member of YWCA, Sister Matilda Johnson moderated the event and thanked all the participants.