The Anglican Church of Southern Africa voted to allow women to be bishop in 1992, but it wasn’t until Rt. Rev. Ellinah Wamukoya was consecrated bishop of Swaziland’s Anglican Church on November 17, 2012 that this would come to pass. Rev Wamukoya is the first woman bishop on the continent. On the first anniversary of her consecration Rev Wamukoya had this to say to African women about leadership:
“Women should believe in themselves because God did not create them to be lesser human beings. We should never look down on ourselves. God gave us brains and many other things that men have. However, women should not try to be men. A Biblical story in Judges tells of a woman who delivered her people from persecution from Abimelech.
She used a millstone to defeat the enemy. She used something that is used by women to produce food. She didn’t use any other weapon but used whatever God had given her. I am not talking violence here or that women should be aggressive but that we can use whatever God has given us for the betterment of mankind.
Women have the compassion, the love, the care, but much more importantly, women are brave.”
Source: Episcopal Digital Network