Women's Letter Nr. 49, 2012

Dear Readers,


Injustice happens everywhere in this world, in both private and public matters, though our perception and evaluation of injustice may differ. As Christians we are called to resist. Having been baptized into Christ’s body, we are obliged to seek justice in racial and gender conditions as well as in socio-economic problems according to the formula of baptism as recorded in Galatians 3, 28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you are one in Christ Jesus.”


This is precisely what our women in our sister churches and organizations are doing. Here we share just a few concrete examples of women and groups of women who are committed to justice on different continents. They have recorded their stories in varying life circumstances: in the newly created country of South Sudan, during a women’s conference for regional leaders, they studied the various ways of experiencing injustice in their respective situations and what they were undertaking for its abolition. A Swiss theologian of Old Testament, Elisabeth C. Miescher, describes her engagement in this problem both at home and abroad. From Indonesia, we have the voice of Kamila Jusup, who is a leader of women’s work in Bandung. She writes about her work and how she deals with domestic violence. Etel Nina Caceres reports on the legal situation of the rural population who experience discrimination through poverty and violence mainly as a lack of esteem. And then she introduces us to her work and her organisation.


These women share the wisdom of discerning problems and violence in private as well as in public, of analyzing and naming structural demons. Furthermore, they try continuously to transform society through prayer and actions. Women’s resistance is resistance in everyday life.


Though these experiences differ in substance, they have one thing in common: all these women stick persistently and steadily to their goal and do not give up. Although women often do not have the power of decision-making, their power is in the potential to bring about life-saving changes within their range of life and work. These examples show how they take on responsibilities within their manageable environment with the aim of reducing injustice.


To opt for the poor is to opt for women, for unfortunately, world-wide, women represent the majority of the poor and uneducated. And yet they are active subjects when it comes to preserving life and to improving the conditions of life for others. All these active women bear witness to the transforming call to seek God’s kingdom first as we journey through life,  whether women’s work is visible or not.


It is with deep regret that we have to bid farewell to Marianne Herrera-Zweifel. We feel and express deep gratitude for all she achieved not least for the women's letter.


I am glad to introduce two women into this women’s letter. There have been recent changes in the leadership of mission 21. While Dr. Christine Christ is elected to president of Board, Rev. Claudia Bandixen is called as director. I am grateful for her open-minded spirit and willingness to support Gender and Women’s issue in which she answered the questions when interviewed.

I wish you fascinating reading and good inspiration to continue courageously in your own steps.


23rd February 2012, Basel

Rev. Dr. Meehyun Chung


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