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Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan
(Peoples' Forum for Contextual Theologies)

Formal Theological Formation of Women in Pakistan-Possibilities And Opportunities

A one day seminar for women's training was organized on 26th September, 2019 at the Dominican House Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi, under the theme "Formal Theological Formation of Women in Pakistan: Possibilities and Opportunities”. 80 participants from various cities of Archdiocese of Karachi (Christian Town, Korangi No. 1, Korangi No. 2, Zia Colony Korangi, Clifton, Saddar, LaluKhet, Isa Nigiri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Bhatai Abad, Manora, Orangi Town, Baldia Town, New Karachi. Nasrat Nagar), and from Hyderabad Diocese (Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad City, Latifabad - Kotri).

The program commenced with prayer and scripture reading. Mrs. SajdaParvez (Chief Coordinator-WTF) presented the introduction of Women Theological Forum (WTF) and Mrs. Shazia Tiles (WTF Group Coordinator Sadar, Karachi) introduced the speakers Sr. Alezae to the participants. The speaker shared views about theology. She highlighted the exploitation situation of women in Pakistan. By giving reference of two published books by MAP "Asiai Theology ki Talash- An Search of Asian Theology", "Ghareebon ka Muqadma -The Case of the Poor", " and said that the spirit of awareness among women is developing. They are moving in every field. She is raising her voice for their rights. Women need to hear the voice of God, like Samuel the prophet. She described the woman as equal partner in God's attributes. She added that the mother can train her children well. And we like the apostles, preaches Christianity and continue the mission of Jesus Christ.

There is a need to pay special attention to the theological teaching of women. So that they may present themselves in the service of the Lord so that men may burn together the name of the Lord. Mrs. Alishbah Javed Akhtar (Directress-MAP) expressed that laity should encourage theological training of women in particular and the Women's Theological Forum (WTF) has been active in this effort and has been servicing from last 30 years in women's theological training and formation of Laity. Mrs. Rachel Joseph (Assistant Chief Coordinator-WTF) expressed her gratitude to all participants.