Occupation: Executive Secretary of Ecumenical Centre of Diego de Medellin (CEDM)  Chile

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

CEDM was invited to participate and become a partner of Basel Mission at the end of the nighties eighties in Chile.  It was an extremely positive and enriching journey for the CEDM, linking it with the broader participatory processes in Latin America and in the same country; as well as for the Basel Mission that fully integrated our ecumenical vision. It has been a relationship which has lasted until today with mission 21.

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

The CEDM since its foundation in 1982 has worked and supported the development of feminist theology linked in its first moments to the theology of Latin American liberation. From this specific focus, the feminist theological work, educational processes were developed with multiple groups of women existing in the country, carrying out the deconstruction of the dominant and discriminatory aspects contained in Christian thought and praxis. In short, as can be seen in the realization during  25 years of Feminist Theological Weeks, women stand independently and with a liberating faith in their swords, and a little lighter.

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

Because nowadays religious fundamentalisms are tenaciously opposed to the progress in gender equality and equity, deepening the gender injustice that affects large portions of the planet. So that it is in the communities of faith where this liberating current can be initiated that empowers women and brings us a little closer to the values ​​that all religions have deep within. And it is women who, freeing themselves, also liberate men from the omnipresent patriarchal structure.