Dr. Barbara Heer, Head of Women and Gender Desk
Barbara Heer has been working at the Mission House since June 2021. She holds a doctorate in ethnology and has conducted research on cities in southern Africa, taught at the University of Basel and worked in intercultural and interreligious dialogue at parish level. As a member of parliament in the canton of Basel-Stadt, she is committed to gender justice.
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.