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Rev Dr Emily Onyango, first woman bishop of Anglican Church of Kenya

Rev Dr Emily Onyango, first woman bishop of Anglican Church of Kenya

From Standard Media of Kenya, a report that the Anglican Church of Kenya has appointed its first female bishop:

The Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) finally appoints a female assistant bishop after decades of the church’s existence. Rev Dr Emily Onyango, ACK’s longest serving female clergy, becomes the first woman to hold such a senior position in the church.

Rev Dr Onyango is a lecturer at St Paul’s University and she hold a PhD in History from the University of Wales. …

ACK, a predominantly conservative church, has been reluctant to appoint women to senior positions. Some members of the church are said to h ave been opposed to such a move saying it would need more consideration saying women are expected to be confined in their feminine roles.

Dr. Oyango is the author of Gender and Development: A History of Women’s Education in Kenya. From an Amazon review:

In this book, Rev Canon Dr Onyango has brought to light women’s agency in navigating layers of systems that first affirmed them in the community life and then excluded them from being heard in the area of education. The triple culture within which women operated in seeking formal education is well narrated. Most importantly the objective analysis of culture, especially the Luo culture, shows the learning processes between African women students and the missionaries who taught them. The African women’s agency runs through the book and adds to the perspectives of women and the growth and development of a new community. The intersections between the African and Western learning systems run through the chapters of the book and are an indication of the author’s effort using them in as much as they impacted education for girls. This is an important book in teaching about women and education in Kenya during the period discussed, but it also has parallels to some of the education patterns in society today. Education has been and continues to be an important factor in empowering women to be key leaders in society.

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Laura Provonche

as a cradle Anglican and from a long line of ancestry in the Church, I am so proud and happy for you, my prayers of hope and strength for you and Kenya. May the Holy Spirit descend on you and all you serve.

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