Educating Anglican Women and Girls
Since 2004, the Global Women’s Fund has well succeeded in its mission to effect positive societal change by education Anglican women for the transformation of themselves, their families, their local communities, and the world.
As of May 2017, the Fund had awarded individual scholarships to 48 Anglican women across the globe, providing for the full tuition for their advanced degrees. These women have become leaders across all continents of the developing world, including in Congo, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Palestine, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, and Uganda.
Fields of Study include Accountancy, Business, and Economics; Civil Engineering; Community Development and Local Development; Computer Science; Divinity and Theology; Education, Teaching, and Christian Education; International Studies; Medicine, Microbiology, Midwifery, Nursing, and Paramedics; and Sign Language.
“I have found in the parish that I need more training in leadership. I also need more knowledge of the Bible so I can help the people understand where God’s power is in their lives.” Pendo, a priest and scholarship winner who pursued a higher degree at Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, Tanzania
The seminars funded by the Global Women’s Fund extend the reach of its mission by offering specialized training, leadership development, and supportive communities to a wider community of Anglican women and girls. The several thousand who have benefited include clergy, clergy wives, lay leaders, and girls in Argentina, Congo, Ghana, Haiti, India, Israel-Palestine, Myanmar, Philippines, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.
In Swaziland, for example, a seminar educated and equipped women and girls to protect themselves against HIV and other STDs; unwanted pregnancies; unsafe abortions; early marriages. and harmful cultural practices. The intergenerational model encouraged mentoring programs.
At Easter College in the Diocese of North Central Philippines, a seminar equipped teachers with skills in basic pastoral counseling and proper intervention for when they encounter cases of child abuse and domestic violence among their students.
In the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, an “Active Citizens” seminar built the capacity of women to identify and address community needs and encourage income-generating projects to strengthen poverty-stricken local economies.