Achieving the Millennium Development Goal 3: The role of the Church in empowerment of women: A case study of the Anglican Diocese of Kumasi

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According to The United Nations Development Programme, Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 is directed at achieving gender equity and empowering women. Empowerment of women is essentially the process of upliftment of economic, social and political status of women, the traditionally underprivileged ones, in the society. This study, therefore, assessed the role of the church in the empowerment of women. Personal interviews and questionnaire administration were used in collecting data from Fathers, Guild Leaders and members of the Kumasi diocese of the Anglican Church. Major findings of the study revealed that two thirds of children denied educations around the world are girls. Yet studies show that educated women have healthier children, who are more likely to live longer and attend schools themselves. Educating Ghanaian women is thus an important first step towards beating poverty and hunger. It was realized that the challenges that the church faces were inadequate funds to organize programmes on empowerment, lack of theological materials on empowerment and the lack of involvement on women’s issues in the vision of the church. It was recommended that churches should find creative ways to change people’s views about the value of education, and to foster a social environment in which girls feel encouraged to attend school. Churches should also form multi-agency partnership to address violence against women. The churches should be determined to help extremely poor women accumulate money that they could then invest in income earning activities, which is impossible for those who must devote every penny to daily survival. Churches should also work to help people protect themselves from HIV and manage their sexual health.
A project submitted to the Department of Managerial Sciences of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Business Administration.