Josefina Hurtado, Head of Women and Gender Desk
Josefina Hurtado Neira has been working at the Mission House since 2013. She is a social anthropologist and has been committed to gender justice for years. In Chile, she was responsible for the introduction of gender mainstreaming at academic level and for raising the awareness of state employees. Previously she worked as a Latin America delegate to the First and Second Synods of Mission 21.
Ever since Mission 21 was founded in 2001, it has had a Women and Gender Staff Unit. Gender equity is regarded as a guiding principle for all Mission 21's development programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Staff Unit is affiliated to the Directorate Department and it collaborates closely with the International Relations Department to work towards a world free of gender-based discrimination and violence. The Staff Unit's responsibility is to guarantee that women's concerns and life situations are taken into account in the planning, design, development and implementation of our programmes. ► Women and Gender Staff Unit. ► Women and Gender Staff Unit
Specialist Commission for Women and Gender
The Specialist Commission for Women and Gender (FaKo) supports the staff unit. The commission consists of these members: Verena Blum, Renate Bühler (President), Irmgard Frank, Rev. Claudia Hoffmann, Rev. Kirsten Jäger, Rev. Dr. Elaine Neuenfeldt, Doris Nonnato, Rev. María-Inés Salazar, and Rev. Evelyne Zinsstag.