Occupation: Coordinator Women Economic Empowerment and Literacy Project
Institution: Women’s Work Department –Presbyterain Church in Cameroon.
1. What was your first connection with Mission 21 or Basel Mission?
As a Christian of the Presbyterain Church in Cameroon-PCC. As a staff of Women’s Work Department and Coordinator of Women Economic Empowerment and Literacy Project (WEELP) that enjoys full sponsorship by Mission 21
2. What have been your contributions to the empowerment of women?
- Education, leadership development and capacity building-Counseling on issues related to their areas of training.
- Organization of adult literacy programs to complement the economic empowerment activities.
3. Why do you think the empowerment of women is important in the Faith Based Organizations?
Enable them to participate in decision-making processes; Build their self esteem by knowing who they are as humans, trust and believe in themselves; Identify their potentials; diversify income sources and encourage financially independence; promote social dialogue in homes and society thus reducing home base violence; promotes the existence of peace. Above all, enable women to be able to enjoy their rights and freedom such as liberty, integrity and dignity.
4. What are, in your experience the main challenges to overcome as an advocacy leader for women’s human rights in a context of Faith Based Organization?
- Gender issues in some cases is considered a western concept which challenges African culture
- Social, cultural and traditional roles for men and women in African are confused with sex roles and considered natural
- Religion is used to justify the subordination of women amongst others
- Poverty which results in low self esteem also justifies their subordination
- Limited Basic knowledge to bring women to reasoning so they can be able to stand up as one on issues of Human Rights
- Inadequate skills to handle cases of women’s human rights
5. What are the main issues you would like to advocate (or you are already advocating for) in your community in order to fight for women’s human rights and achieve gender justice?
Continue to empower them economically and socially that will go a long way to contribute in boosting their self esteem, improve their living conditions, increase their participation in decision making processes at all levels, reduce home base violence and promote social dialogue, reduce the number of crime wave on streets by street children, promote justice and peace in the community, and finally, enable women to be able to enjoy their rights and freedom such as liberty, integrity and dignity through advocacy programs.