Women face particularly demanding challenges and pressures on a daily basis and can often lose direction and become overwhelmed by the choices and demands made on them. A new book, launched in August 2011 and written by best-selling author, Cristiane Cardoso, offers practical advice for modern women on how to embrace their multiple roles in the family and workplace. Entitled the "V-woman", the book draws on the Biblical wisdom in Proverbs 31: 10-31, and explores an eye-opening journey of a Christian woman in the 21st century.
For women inmates in correctional centres, the challenges of serving their sentence and learning from their past so that they can be successfully reintegrated into society, is a daunting journey of personal growth and self-discovery. Driven by the conviction that everyone deserves a second chance, the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG)'s prison ministry group appealed to members of the church to donate a copy of the book and have received more than 300 already. 200 have been donated to women at the Johannesburg Female Correctional Centre and 100 to inmates at the Pretoria Female Correctional Centre. The book offers practical advice on how to approach problems and simple suggestions on how to overcome them. It has already helped transform the lives of many inmates, offering them hope of a different life when they are reintegrated into society.
Mrs Marcia Pires, founder of Women in Action (WiA) a group of UCKG pastors' wives who fundraise to support various charities and are actively involved in numerous outreach and educational initiatives, says: "Additional books are being sponsored and will be given to women in other sections of the correctional centres so that the benefit of this wisdom can be spread as widely as possible."
The Women in Action group from Johannesburg and Pretoria, hosted a Christmas celebration for inmates and wardens at the Pretoria Female Correctional Centre as part of their year-end campaign to focus on spiritual growth and renewal at this time of year when often commercialism overrides the religious aspect of the festive season. They prepared 400 hampers of toiletries and basic essentials which inmates often go without. Additional hampers were left for new inmates who often arrive with nothing at all. The WiA members spent time encouraging and supporting women in this centre.
For further information, please contact Nametso Mofokeng, UCKG Public Relations, on 011 224-3400 / 011 224-3447, email: or visit the website www.universalark.co.za.