Occupation: Teacher at Universidad Bíblica Latinoamericana, Costa Rica

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

Through the Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana (UBL), when they asked me to be a representative in the “Mesa Continental Mission 21”. But I knew about it because of the reports of our past representatives.

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

  1. During my first job a friend and I started a process so we would be taken into account for our knowledge and not for our look. We worked with our female colleagues and with the Human Resources Department.
  2. Since I was very young to this day I have been accompanying women victims of domestic violence and women refugees from Central America through my voluntary work in ACNUR.
  3. The theological re-reading of some texts in a youth movement.
  4. In my studies in Political Science, making alliances with other women to reflect on, “through women’s eyes”, the rol of women in politics and in the professional sphere in general.
  5. Pastoral ministry for over 30 years, dedicated to accompany women in extreme poverty, raped and stigmatized.
  6. My choice in accompanying Beatriz Ferrari in her work at CALI and then as the Secretary of Family, Women and Childhood.
  7. My work at the Methodist Church of Costa Rica for an equal treatment for women candidates for pastoral ministry, in alliance with other women and men.
  8. My work as a teacher at the Theological Open Training Program in Venezuela and support at the Unión Misionera Fenemil, UMIFE (Female Missionary Union).
  9. My work as a volunteer in the Latin American Biblical Seminar, as an employee at the Instituto Bíblico Partoral and as a teacher at the Universidad Bíblica.

In all of these places I accompanied women victims of different kinds of violence, so they would overcome their situation and, little by little, become aware of their own abilities as a self-sufficient individual.

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

There cannot be a church loyal to God without an equal participation of women. There cannot be an equal society without structural transformation of the churches as a testimony that equality and gender justice is possible. Religion has historically justified the inequality, patriarchal culture and the holocausts caused by greed during conquest, colonization and evangelization processes. The OBF must reverse this structural sin transforming their beliefs and doctrines through the empowerment of women.