Occupation: National HIV and AIDS Coordinator, Presbyterian Church in Cameroon (PCC)

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

My first connection with Mission 21 was in 2005 when I was the Regional HIV and AIDS Coordinator for PCC in the North West Region of Cameroon. I met with Emery Mpwate (Regional HIV Advisor for Sub Saharan Africa) during an international workshop on project management and with Rev. Jochen Kirch and Verena during one of their visits to PCC. Thanks to the training I learnt important lessons which has been my guide in the world of development.

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

I have been active in the training of women on HIV prevention and sexuality education, conducting educative talks in women’s groups, organizing free HIV testing for women and counselling women living with HIV to overcome stigma and live positively. Also, I have been into economic and skills empowerment of women and young girls to become self-reliant.

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

Women in the Church are expected to lead exemplary lives at home and communities. When a Christian woman fails, the community believes the Church has failed or that the woman was pretending to be a Christian. With this high expectation, women in the FBO certainly need to be empowered to empower others.