16 days of activism against gender based violence

“Mission 21 takes part in the international 16 Days of Activism to end Gender-Based Violence campaign. We make visible the work of activists of our worldwide network who make a strong effort for the prevention of Gender-Based Violence in their contexts. We walk with them in solidarity in order to deal with an important issue of Mission 21: Gender Justice.“

Read de message from Women’s Conference, Synod 2018

Message Women’s Conference, Synod 2019

This year we want to stand against sexual and gender based violence expressed under harasment, rape and feminicide

Day 1

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


I would like to introduce you to Ebed Grijalva Yauri. Ebed is highly engaged in fighting against religious fundamentalism and also denouncing the feminicide in Latin America. She commits herself to raise awareness for these complex issues and for an active role of faith based organizations against gender based violence. This commitment confronts her frequently with pushbacks, also from churches.

Many obstacles are in the way of people who advocate for justice. Therefore it is very important to show them they are not alone. Mission 21 accompaigns important actors on their way to reaching gender justice, amongst others by highlighting their performances with the action “i walk with…”.

I call you to express your solidarity with Ebed and all the people who fight for women’s human rights!

Take a picture of yourself together with the front side of this postcard. You are invited to share it on Facebook or send it to: contact@m21-womengender.org 

Day 3

25 Nov. March in Concepción, Chile

Monitoras y Tabea, cooperante de Mission 21 caracterizadas en mujeres destacadas en una actividad en Coelemu por la eliminación de todas las violencias contra las mujeres. (Mauda Cuminao, SEDEC-Chile)


Day 5

Fundamentalisms in Latin America

Read the article: Religious Fundamentalism in Peru, Ebed Grijalva, Peru.  

“One manifestation of fundamentalism is seen in the large number of protestant churches in the region that promote a literal reading of biblical texts. This form of reading the Bible strengthens the authority of men over women and fails to take into account any contextual, literary, or historical elements”. Read more…

Available in Women’s Letter 55 “We are all included”

Day 7

#16dayscampaign- Mauda Cuminao, Chile

Seminario en Coelemu, sur de Chile en el contexto del 25 de noviembre. Por la eliminación de todas las violencias contra la mujer. Con mi camiseta #Iwalkwith…

Seminar in Coelemu, South of Chile about Elimitation of all forms of violence against women. With my T-shirt #Iwalkwith…

Day 9


“I am committed to advocacy in the field of violence against women. We use UN instruments to achieve effective improvements,” says Karmila Jusup, head of the Durebang women’s shelter in Bandung, Indonesia.

Day 11


“United, to contribute to eradicating all types of violence that affect the development and life of women throughout the world. In Peru, this is still a pending issue despite advances in regulatory matters with the enactment of the Law to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women and Family Group Members (Law 30364), and the implementation of the National Plan against Gender Violence (2016-2021).
Gender-based violence is a consequence of a series of historically designed socio-cultural patterns and power relations that place women in a situation of subordination towards men, violating their rights and affecting their autonomy, fulfillment and full development.
Therefore, violence against women is not a matter of women, but a replica of the whole society and the State.
Let’s continue on the road …” (Etel Nina Cáceres, Peru)

Day 13


Protest against all forms of violence againt women, Chile

… If we were 10,000 or more, great. But the performance, in addition to denouncing Violence Against Women, was also and mainly a territorial manifestation together with the citizen movement, within the context of what has been called Social Outbreak. “A rapist in your path” is a clear denunciation against the patriarchy and its perverse system, also denouncing the police forces, the judges, the Chilean state and the presidency. Other interpretations can be added because the text is always polysemic and that is its richness. Besides, the slogans that were most exclaimed were “Renunciation Plá”, Minister of Piñera who does not represent us at all. She is getting into the car of victory.

Our performance was broad and in sororal networks. (Cecilia Castillo Nanjarí)


Day 15



We, the staff of Jakarta Theological seminary participated in 16 days activism against violence against women. (Obertina Modesta Johanis)

Stop violence against women and children
Stop gender based violence
Stop bullying
Stop violence against women at the work place
We say no to violence against women and children

Day 2

Women, you are not alone!

Participants from the Training of Trainers in Advocacy for women’s rights, Mission 21 standing against Gender Based Violence.




Day 4

Claudia Bandixen, Ex- Director of Mission 21, invite us to commit with #ThursdaysinBlack campaign.

Day 6

#16dayscampaign in Cameroon

Picture sent by Angeline Njotu, Women Economic Empowerment and Literacy Project (WEELP), North West Region, Cameroon

Day 8


“I’m from the DR Congo and work and live in Tanzania. Here there is a clear link between gender inequality and health problems. Take HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, for example: Cheating is also a form of violence and oppression against women, especially when men refuse to use condoms and thus endanger their wives. Women are more often exposed to sexual violence and have a higher infection rate”  (Emery Mpwate, Africa Coordinator for HIV and AIDS of Mission 21)

Day 10


“This year we have organised seminars for youth. The picture is the last group including girls and boys from Vocational Training College. The aim was to train them how they can bring changes among youth and in the society. The training also included sensitisation about Gender Based Violence.” (Rungwe and Melania, Tanzania)

Day 12


 ” It is important that we create spaces to talk about equality. Dialogue with young men and the participation of men are central in the topic of equality. We need to listen to each other and make the way together, step by step,” says Angeline Njotu. Together with mission 21, she promotes women in Cameroon.

Day 14


 Faculty of Theology and Religion, AETE, Peru

Efrain Barrera, Director Académico, AETE, Peru

Students of AETE, Peru. Photos: Gerson Zamora

As an Institution, we are committed to the problem of violence against women. We intend as a space of theological education to sensitize and influence the churches through their leadership to join forces and accompany the transformations that our society is experiencing in a more dignified, inclusive and just way. (Gerson Zamora, Peru)


Thanks to all who were fully committed with 16 days campaign, including the action #Iwalkwith Obertina Johanis from Indonesia. We received actions and events from all over the world, showing the strength of Mission 21 Women’s network.

Photo: Karmila Jusup

Actions from Mission 21 Women’s network around the world

During 2018, we walk with Obertina Johanis from Indonesia and highlight her accompaniment and care for women who are suffering domestic violence

SAWO (Sabah Women’s Action resource group) 

SAWO kongsikan aktiviti hentikan keganasan terhadap wanita oleh rakan2. Setiap orang boleh berbuat sesuatu untuk hentikan keganasan terhadap wanita. 25 November 2018. “Sempena 16 hari kempen hentikan keganasan terhadap wanita, Persekutuan Wanita Pusat BCCM BM mengikuti kempen ‘I walk with Obertina’.. anjuran mission 21 yang bermaksud ‘saya berjalan bersama dengan mangsa keganasan atau berjalan bersama dengan yang bekerja mendampingi mangsa mangsa keganasan..ini adalah doa untuk mereka supaya mempunyai kekuatan untuk mengatasi masalah tersebut.

Perserta Konferensi Wanita Pusat BCCM BM seramai 271 berjalan di Memorial Park dan menuliskan komitmen ‘I walk with…’ dalam sekeping kertas..” 

See more in SAWO Facebook page

Marcelo Salinas, Chile


Somos un grupo de 60 runners de una parte de la ciudad de Santiago y entrenamos en un parque Intercomunal. Somos hombres y mujeres de un rango de edad entre 30 y 85 años que participamos de carreras hasta 40 km. Absoluto respeto y admiración por las mujeres y en especial por su entusiasmo y compromiso con la salud y el deporte activo. Hemos dado una fuerte batalla con éxito para lograr la igualdad en el running en esta parte del planeta. Iguales categorías y reconocimientos para todos.

We are a group of 60 runners from one part of Santiago and train in an intercommunal park.  Our group consists of men and women between the age of 30 and 85 and take part in runs up to 40 km. I have absolute respect for the women, especially for their enthusiasm and commitment with health and active sports. We were in a strong and successful battle to reach (gender) equality in the running at this side of the planet, and we need to have equal categories and recognition for everyone.

Wir sind eine Gruppe von 60 Läufern aus einem Teil der Stadt Santiago und trainieren in einem intercommunity Park. Wir sind Männer und Frauen zwischen 30 und 85 Jahren, die an Rennen bis zu 40 km teilnehmen. Absoluter Respekt und Bewunderung für Frauen und Frauen Speziell für ihren Enthusiasmus und sein Engagement für Gesundheit und aktiven Sport. Wir haben einen erfolgreichen Kampf für die Gleichstellung beim Laufen in diesem Teil der Welt gekämpft. Gleiche Kategorien und Anerkennungen für alle

Gender Mainstreaming-Workshop IB Conference Basel

Thursdays in Black

The Programme Officers and Country Coordinators of Mission 21 show their solidarity with #Thursdays in Black towards a world without rape and violence during the annual conference of International Relations in October 2018 in Basel, Switzerland.


See more information regarding Thursdays in Black campaign:


I walk with Obertina from Africa…

December 1st: World AIDS Day commemoration 


Presbyterian Church in Cameroon shares this video made in 2017. 

2thDecember Abolition of Slavery International Day

Today I Walk With and pray for every woman and girl who become victims of modern slavery such as human trafficking, sex trafficking, child marriage and migrant workers #16HAKTP #endmodernslavery”. Obertina Johanis, Indonesia

I walk with Obertina from Latin America

Hans-Joachim Zobel (left), board member of Mission 21

“I see myself as an ambassador for gender justice. That’s why I support the action “I walk with” and the “16 Days Campaign”, showing that solidarity leads to more gender equality.”

„Ich sehe mich als Botschafter für Gendergerechtigkeit. Deswegen unterstütze ich die Aktion „I walk with“, und mache damit sichtbar, das Solidarität zu mehr Gendergerechtigkeit führt.“

Annemarie Sancar

For me, feminist issues in development policy and migration are at the center of current discussions about justice. For me, women play a central role. That’s why I support the solidarity action “I walk with” from Mission 21 and with it the campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”. Both fight for the same thing: For gender justice and peace.  #IWalkWith  #16dayscampaign #EndViolenceAgainstWomen

María Mercedes Vargas during her participation in ToT Advocacy program, Mission 21

María Mercedes Vargas, Bolivia

 Estas son algunas actividades que realicé con mujeres de tierras bajas de la Amazonía boliviana, dando mi apoyo a  la campaña #Yo camino con…

Rév Alfred Mbuta, Co-Représentant legal communauté évangélique du Kwango

Je suis plus entrain de faire la sensibilisation au niveau de differentes structures des bases de mon église et des églises soeurs sur la théologie du genre.

Ceci en vue de reduire les violences basées sur le genre (VBG)dans notre société surtout africaine où les coutumes sont plus à l’origine .Nous partons sur des études bibliques et aspects théologiques.

Le T-shirt “I walk with” est l’un des materiels que j’utilse en plus de mon experience partagée lors du synods de Mission 21 du mois de Juin 2018.

“We want to reduce gender-based violence in our society. One cause of violence are the old customs, which stillplay a major role. We try to educate with biblical studies and theological aspects.” Alfred Mbuta, pastor and church leader in the DR Congo.

Picture sent by Dorothy Tanwani

I walk with from Cameroon. Dorothy Tanwani

In line with the 16- days campaign on Gender based violence,  the NGO AID International Christian Women of Vision carried out sensitization talks on the radio.

The Radio Drama was produced by AID International Christian Women of Vision supported by Women & Gender Desk, Mission 21

Pictures and information sent by Ruth Ketsia, Indonesia

PERUATI: Stop Gender-Based Violence

In this year PERUATI (The Association of Theologically Educated Women in Indonesia) took an important step to create a binding national campaign and agreement to end gender-based violence. Recently local and national board organized an annually campaign which carried out simultaneously various forms of campaign in each region such as semimars and public dialogue, radio broadcast, and socialization in public and seminary schools, conducted peaceful protest, etc. Moreover, the spirit to end the sexual violence against women and girls was also brought into the liturgy of some church’s worship.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is also the great momentum for PERUATI to disseminate the Draft Bill on Elimination of Sexual Violence, which also has been argued by the National Commission on Violence against Women and the Service Provider Forum (115 local NGO”s in Indonesia). PERUATI goes deeper by urging that the Bill is urgently to be enacted by The House of Representatives of Republic Indonesia. (Ruth Ketsia)

Claudia Hoffmann, Member of the  Board of Mission 21 and Women and Gender special Commission