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

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