Occupation: Pastor, Secretary of National Board of PERUATI (The Association of Women Theologians in Indonesia)

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

First time I knew Mission 21 was when I started my job at Peruati in 2011. At that time, Peruati had collaboration with Mission 21 on Gender issue. Then, in 2014 I had the opportunity to attend the Financial Management Workshop of Mission 21 in Jakarta. We discussed more about the partnership plan for 2015-2018. I also learned how to plan activities using PIMER method. We continue using this method to implement Peruati’s program until now.

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

My experience working at Peruati influences my wish to empower women. I would love to expand what I have done to other women so they are able to empower themselves. My contribution based on my experience in Peruati is to call other women to join us in order to have self-confidence, dare to be critical, be professional to proof the values of our work. 

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

Religious perspective is one of the entry points to support women empowerment, because its universal values of humanity could be used as a basis of women empowerment. Those who understand religion well, will give value for what they believe in. But, being critical is also important since there are many religious teaching using approaches that discriminate women. In this context, Peruati fights from theological formation to reconstruct bias texts against women in the Bible and read them in a critical way as well as with new meaning so the texts really become good news for people, including women.