The Women and Gender Desk funded partly the participation of Obertina Johanis, Pastor at Gereja Kristen Pasudan (West Java) at AEWA (Asia Ecumenical Women Assembly) in Taiwan from 21-27 November 2019. Obertina also took part in a three-day Workshop on “Asian Ecumenical Women Responding and Strengthening HIV & AIDS Advocacy”, held from 19-21 November 2019 as part of a pre-event of AEWA.

In her function as the Women’s Coordinator Asia of the Mission 21 synod, Obertina could enlarge her professional network since AEWA was attended by around 250 women coming from Asia, Australia, and Europe, who are part of various women’s organizations such as the Asian Women’s Resources Centre (AWRC).

At AEWA, Obertina  engaged in strategizing gender mainstreaming church and society. Furthermore, she sensitized participants with an advocacy event during AEWA on sexual and gender-based violence. Through the participation in workshops, Obertina connected HIV with her work for women human’s rights. She is now  equipped to advocate for including women’s specific needs in the HIV response in Indonesia. As only 17% of people living with HIV in Indonesia were on treatment in 2018, enhancing advocacy skills on the topic is important.

The participation of Obertina at AEWA was fruitful in finding solutions for addressing gender inequality in a church context and enhanced her advocacy skills.