Occupation: Lecturer, Indonesia

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

When I was an Executive Director of The Association of Theological Schools in Indonesia. There were programs that connect the association with Mission 21. Then, I also worked with Rev. Marie Claire Barth helping theological students during social conflict in Eastern Indonesia. We were offering information of the condition of those students who were affected by the conflict in terms of their studies and safety.

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

  • Teaching Gender Study and Feminsit Theology

  • I wrote a master thesis about spirituality of Women in economic area on the grass root (It became one of the academic document that support the policy of the government of my city to make further research on how to empower women (papalele women) and the local market.

  • I wrote an article called “Women and Religion (from Protestant perspective)” to socialize Gender Justice by Ministry of Women Affair – Republic of Indonesia (2007).

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

Women have power that can help to people to improve their quality of life. But until now, the circumstances in the global to local society have shown that women are oppressed by patriarchal system. There are patriarchal practices that affect so many aspects of life and in various level. For instance, in Indonesia the participation of women in religious activities, especially in Christian community is so tremendous. However, internally, religious texts, practices of the church’s organization and doctrine still contain marginalization and discrimination against women.