‘Faith is a focal point in women’s summit’

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The 5th Annual Women’s Summit kicked off Monday at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center with a focus on the importance of faith in the community.

According to CNMI Women’s Association president Rose Hocog, the summit discusses different topics based on the needs of the women in the community and faith is an important subject.

Hocog said that, in the past year alone, many people, especially women, have had difficulty coping with the loss of a loved one due unfortunate tragedies. The CWA included the topic about faith to remind women that faith can be the door that leads to recovery, she said.

The annual Women’s Summit is designed to empower women and to discuss the issues they face in the world today to equip them with the spirit to overcome these issues.

“A lot of times, especially mothers, carry that burden and they blame it on themselves…so we included that topic [faith] so women can know that, in times of trouble, when your heart is breaking, when you can’t see your way out of the darkness, you have your faith to turn to,” she said.

The panelists who talked about faith were Bishop Ryan Jimenez, Pastor Beth Nunez from Grace Christian Academy, and Sr. Maryann Hartmann, one of the Mercedarian Sisters at Maturana.

To complement the discussion on faith, the CWA also prepared a set of panelists who will discuss mental health issues so that women, especially younger women, are equipped with the knowledge that there are resources and there are people in the community who are ready to step up and help.

The free two-day summit ended yesterday.

On Monday, over 100 individuals participated in the summit, ranging from teenaged girls to young adults, middle-aged women, and even men.

Breakfast and lunch were provided.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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