On Monday March 8th, The Salvation Army worldwide celebrated International Women’s Day, using the United Nations' theme 'Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world'.
We encourage you to show and share these video testimonies from Salvationist women from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory as a way to celebrate women and encourage the world!
We've asked women throughout our territory to share with us how leading during COVID-19 shaped their ministry. These videos are a great testimony to the resilience and richness of our movement and the women amongst it! These Salvationist Stories were broadcast in a worldwide video montage, live-streamed from The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission's Facebook Page.
Our women's Salvationist Stories are available to watch, download or read as transcripts on our website. You can also:
We also recommend using our Sustainable Development Goal resource for your International Women's Day service. This contains prayers from 17 different Salvationist women from our territory based on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. There are statistic sheets on how women and girls fare under these goals, prayer cards, posters and more. This is a great way to focus your service on prayer and intercession while educating your group in a fun way.
Director of The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission Colonel Janet Munn reflects that the International Women's Day theme 'celebrates the efforts of women and girls around the world in shaping the more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.'
Commissioner Julie Campbell, Territorial President of Women's Ministries agrees, sharing that '[d]uring this past year, we have become even more aware of the incredible skills and gifts of women - as well as increased inequality, domestic violence and unemployment throughout the world. The Territorial Leaders internationally have been meeting online to discuss how we can best achieve a gender-equal future within The Salvation Army. We have been discussing this for a long time and I believe we will see more changes in the near future.
I thank God for the progress and many opportunities for women to use their voice, talents, gifts and experience within The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
We still have a long way to go in achieving a gender-equal future, however, we have recently established a Gender Equity Committee to help identify and address the hindrances and issues. We want to be an Army that values, equips and empowers both men and women to be all they can be in Jesus Christ.'