dorothyOccupation: Working on the rights of the Women, Children, youths and people living or affected with HIV/Aids. Dorothy leaves in Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon. She works with Aid International Christian women of Vision Bamenda in Cameroon.

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

Through the Program Officer for Mission 21, Jochen Kirsch who heard about our work on women’s rights and HIV/Aids. He saw the importance of our work with women, HIV and orphans, street children. During his field visits he also saw the response from our target group and decided to work with us.

What have been your contributions to the empowerment of women?

Our contributions of empowerment have been to fight for the rights of vulnerable women and girls. This has been through sensitization, education, training and financial empowerment. In the field of women and HIV/Aids we have sensitized the women to have integrity and reduce the percentage of new infections.

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

Generally religious bodies, tradition and custom believe in relegating women in all circumstances.  But now there is a need to empower the women to take leadership roles. Empowerment will make victims of gender based discrimination to speak out. Women have skills and thus should have equal access to resources and opportunities.  Empowerment will liberate women from maltreatment, exploitation and oppression.