Occupation: Accountant and Master in Administration and Finances. Currently, she is General Director of CEDEPAs. (Ecumenical centre for promotion and social action) Its main office is located in Huancayo, Junin, Peru. At the same time, Ebed is President of co-partners of Mission 21 (mesa) in Peru. Previously, she was part of PIME team (Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) and President of the scholarship committee of Mission 21 Peru. Nowadays, Ebed is also part of Latin American Assembly of Mission 21 (CELA) and member of Evangelic Church in Peru. (IEP)

1) What was your first connection with Mission 21 or Basel Mission?

My first connection with Mission Basilea was in 1993, when I started my work as an accountant at CEDEPAS. The institution was developing projects in agricultural sector and leadership training for women and men into evangelical churches. In 1998 I participated in the Continental Women Meeting. It was a great experience because I could meet women from Argentina, Bolivia and Chile as well as Johanna Eggimann, who was the Director of Women and Gender Desk of Mission 21.This activity enabled me to learn about the strengthen of women capacities and influence positively in families, communities and churches.

2) What have been your contributions to the empowerment of women?

I first started by strengthening my own capacities so I could make a better contribution to the women empowerment processes in the central region of Peru. Through multiple actions such as training and participation, women can strengthen their leaderships into evangelical churches, rural communities, social organizations and producers associations with the aim of influence into decision making spaces as well as promoting incomes for women that can improve their lives.  I worked with  gender mainstreaming at Women Fraternity “Mujeres Raquel” and  “Seminario Andino San Pablo”.

3) Why do you think the empowerment of women is important in the Faith Based Organizations?

I consider the empowerment of women is important for coping unequal situations and discriminations that are still present in many spaces of the civil society. However, at the same time we have gained spaces and participated in decision making positions into the organizations. Therefore, it is important to be well prepared for responding with full capacities in these leadership positions; routed our action with equality and inclusion in order to advocacy at political, social and ecclesiastic level.