Picture: Renate Bühler

Occupation: Gereja Masehi Injili DI Timor -GMIT (Evangelical Christian Church in Timor) Reverent, Indonesia

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

Honestly I heard about mission 21 few years ago from my lecturer who now happened to be our synod leader in GMIT, Dr. Mery Kolimon. She was told us in class about people who  whole heartedly working for humanity. Fast forward few years to 2018 I read  a book about human traficking and it was Mission 21 Collaboration with GMIT. I know that Mission 21 have compassion in doing humanity work.

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

I am a field researcher since 2010 in a NGO and we work an issue about woman back in 1965. We wrote and contribute with few books. And I am still working on empowering them to become survivor, based on that story. I am a reverent with 6 elders in church who are all women and 150 congregations. We are working on managing entire church but also because we live in a village, we also trying to make women’s voice counts and heard.

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

Women are strong individuals; however they are somehow mistreated as a weak one. Women in society are not a complement for man in any situation. Women need to be empowered so they know their worth and act like it. Women also need to encourage themselves to involve in every aspect that is possible and not only work at home. Women that know their worth and strength will be good based for every organizations they are in.