[:en]We have met with many women along the way that have supported, enriched and marked us in our development and our work through their example. We keep them and treasure them in our mind as precious pearls, all of different sizes, shapes and colours, linked as in a chain. A beautiful image. In words of Mercy Amba Oduyoye:
“When I look at the variety of beads, I think of the changing being of the African woman: my grandmother, my mother, myself, my nieces, and my grandniece: different beads from the same pot, different shapes, sizes, colours, uses, ever changing patterns strung on new strings.” (102f.)
What Mercy Amba Oduyoye tells us about African women is true for all of us. Let’s invite all women to express themselves creatively, time and time again, based on the shapes and colours they choose. And watch them make history and influence life stories in different places and different ways.
 Mercy Amba Oduyoye (2002). Beads and Strands, Akropong-Akuapem: Regnum Africa.