Esther Gisler Fischer is a feminist theologian and works as a Pastor in parish of the ‚Reformed Church of the Canton of Zurich‘. With Mission 21 and the Gender Desk she is connected for years; first through projects in Bolivia then as a member of the expert commission «Women and Gender» for several years.Until recently she formed part of the Steering Committee of the Swiss «FrauenSynode» who will take place on September 5. 2021under the motto «Economy is Care».She’s looking forward seeing many women of the Womens Network of Mission 21 at the women’s conference in Chur next June! There, she will offer a workshop on the Topic: Because Women and their commitment within the family and in society should count. Worldwide solidarity, as it is lived at Mission 21, helps, strengthens and encourages!’
1. What was your first connection with Mission 21 or Basel Mission?
Mission 21 has been a familiar term to me ever since I entered the mission work. I was shocked to learn of the accidental death of Johanna Eggimann, the head of the Basel Mission’s Women Desk, together with her designated successor Rose Akua Ampofo in Peru.
2. What have been your contributions to the empowerment of women?
I was a member of the ‘Women & Gender’ commission for 4 1/2 years, helping to strengthen the women’s network of Mission 21-Evangelischens Missionswerk Basel. The inclusion of feminist theology was a particular concern of mine.
3. Why do you think the empowerment of women is important in the Faith Based Organizations?
According to biblical sources, God created the human being as man and woman and also all the sexes in between. That is why faith-based organizations in particular should take gender justice to their banners!
4. What are the main challenges to overcome as an advocacy leader for women’s rights in a context of Faith Based Organization?
It’s male chauvinism that stands in the way of our concerns again and again!
5. What are the main issues you would like to advocate (or you are already advocating for) in your community in order to achieve gender justice?
It is the issue of un- or underpaid care work to which I am currently dedicating my attention.