Occupation: Head of Women and Child Bureau in Communion of Churches in Indonesia

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

My first connection with Basel Mission was when I read a book titled “Himpunan Keputusan dan Notulen Sidang Raya XVI PGI”/The Set of Decisions and Minutes of the PGI XVI Assembly in January 2017. In the book was written a speech of Coordinator Mission 21 for Indonesia and Malaysia delivered by Rev. Joyce Manurisip. Then, I immediately find out about M21 through their website. I was immediately interested when reading this sentence “Mission 21 advocates the establishment of gender equality justice.

When I started my work as Head of Women and Child Bureau with Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI) on 06 February 2017, I read the M21 funded programs in CCI. In cooperation between M21 and PGI was developing projects in Holistic Migration Advocacy of Migrant Workers since 2016. In relation to the project, I attended Conflict Sensitivity Program Managemnet (CSPM) training. It was a great experience, this meeting enabled me to learn more about advocacy and the establishment of gender equality justice.

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

I started my contribution by visiting two church synods in Nusa Southeast East, the Christian Evangelical Church in Timor and the Christian Church in Sumba. My visit to the two synods was to study and see directly the problems of migrant where in the areas of the two synod experienced a great deal of migrant workers. In 2016 there were 65 deaths who returned home from the destination country. As of 17 March 2017 when I was there, there were 17 migrant workers who died being repatriated as well. And most of the victims dead are not clear and their identities are unknown. At the time of my visit we discussed and prepared the establishment of shelters in both synods. The shelter will serve as an information center for migrant workers in the short term and will be a long-term women’s empowerment training center

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

In areas where CCI members churches are located, there are still many women who have not experienced the same opportunities as men. There are still many women who desperately need the opportunity to learn and discover their skills and talents so they can find a good job. There are several reasons why women decided to migrate, among others, because of the poverty where they live and the other reason, there is no choice other than migrating. But not a few of these women do not have enough ability to migrate and work in the country of destination. In fact, many of them do not understand the rules and laws relating to migrant workers in the destination country. Therefore in Faith Based Organizations empowering women is very important, empowering them through education, improving their skills and trainings for economic empowerment. Eventhough these women decided to migrate, it is very important that they be equipped first before migration.