Women

Social Concerns
Bishop Joaquina Filipe Nhanala helps lead a worship service sponsored by the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Nhanala spoke about having to deal with sexism in the church during the commission’s virtual women’s leadership summit Oct. 8-10, 2020. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Forging stronger ties as women of faith

United Methodist clergy and laywomen envision something bigger as they celebrate sisterhood, build relationships and share experiences of sexism.
Global Health
Angela Macherechedze, sister-in-charge of the family and child health unit at United Methodist Old Mutare Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe, holds baby Prince Anotidaishe, the first child for 18-year-old Samantha Sibanda, who traveled more than 160 miles to give birth at the church hospital. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Missions’ doctors, nurses serve despite struggles

More patients turn to United Methodist hospitals, as Zimbabwe’s health sector remains paralyzed by labor strikes and a lack of supplies amid COVID-19.
Social Concerns
United Methodist Women parade the streets in Marshall City, Liberia, to protest sexual violence against women and girls during the group’s 72nd annual session held Jan. 21-27, 2020. File photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Violence against women, girls in Africa spikes amid COVID-19

United Methodists speak up for abuse survivors and encourage others to do the same through various church campaigns and training.
Global Health
A new water tank holds water reserves at United Methodist Irambo Hospital in Bukavu, Congo. The tank was installed to collect rainwater to use at the health center. “(The tanks) sometimes allow us to conserve water, especially during this dry season when water has become a scarce commodity in the city of Bukavu,” said Dr. Djimmy Kasongo, medical director at the hospital. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Irambo Hospital.

Water project lightens load for new mothers

With a grant from UMCOR, church installs rainwater collection systems at three health facilities in East Congo Episcopal Area.

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