A total of 13 leaders participated in the Workshop. They came from different countries such as Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Peru and Chile. Emery Mpwate, HIV/AIDS Coordinator for Mission 21 in Africa, was also part of the training. In addition, Gabriele Mayer from EMS (Evangelical Mission in Solidarity) Germany participated for 3 days.
The main goal of the workshop was to create and consolidate a group of advocacy-leaders, working from the experience of the participants in order to raise awareness about the importance of self-care and wellbeing as a key component of leadership.
On July 4 – 9 the workshop ‘Women’s Human Rights Advocacy for Faith-based Organizations’ took place in Geneva. Out of about 50 participants, 12 were members of partner churches or organizations of Mission 21 in Asia, Africa and Latin America. As the workshop was synchronized with the Summer Session of the UN-Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), workshop participants were able attend a live CEDAW-session at the UN-Palais des Nations: it happened to be the government of Myanmar that had to answer to the critical questions of the CEDAW-Committee concerning discriminatory national laws. The workshop was organized by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), in cooperation with other faith-based organizations, among them Mission 21. The main goal of the workshop was the strengthening of the local advocacy-work of faith-based organizations and their networks on a regional, national and international level.