Occupation: Executive Secretary of Unity and Church Renewal – CC, Indonesia

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

I was connected to Mission21 or Basel Mission for the first time when I attended The Anti-Corruption Workshop in Bali (2015) and followed by Stakeholders Meeting on Church and Migrant Workers held on Jakarta in April 26-28, 2016. Concerning conditions in Indonesia nowadays, there are many women migrant workers that are victim of fraud, violence, rape and murder. Lack of education, fear and poverty are the main factors which make migrant workers vulnerable to violence.

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

  1. Conducting studies on women related issues from the perspective of theology, law, politic, social, and culture.
  2. Mapping the strategic women issues which need serious attention by church, government, and society.
  3. Conducting a joint study for strengthening organizations / groups of women.
  4. Remind the church, government, and society to put more attention on women’s issues, through campaigns, solidarity movement, and asking the government to legislate more pro-women laws.

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

Through faith based organizations, we believe we can do something to empower women and change the situation they faced in their lives. Some philosophers say that language have a power to change and influence the audiences. Even further, language also may become radical and turn into a source to justify the violence against women.  The only way to change this situation is to organize people through words, language, sharing experience, vision, etc.