Israel played harlotry against God, thus the Lord sold them to
king Jabin of Canaan to attack them as a punishment. Canaan punished Israel for
a period of 40 years. Then Israel repented and cried to God for help.
Deborah, a prophetess and wife of Lappidoth was called by God to
deliver Israel. To do this, Deborah summoned Barak to raise an army of 10,000
against Jabin’s army led by Sisera. Barak insisted that he would not go unless
Deborah went with him. Deborah consented, but warned that the Lord would sell
Sisera into the hand of a woman.
Deborah arose and went with Barak to the battle front to ensure God’s
presence and victory. When Sisera was told that Barak had gone up to mount
Tabor, he advanced with his army to attack him.
Deborah ordered Barak to launch an attack on Sisera and Sisera and
his army were routed. Sisera escaped and took refuge in the house of Jael where
he was murdered.
Ways by which women can contribute to national development
include:
 

  • Women take part in politics and formation of government
    policies
  • Women contribute to government’s various programmes for
    rural and urban women, e.g. Better Life For Rural Women, Family Support
    Programme, etc. 
  • Women take part in business and economic
    development, 
  • Enlightened women demonstrate equal abilities with men
    in education, law, politics, transportation, etc.