International Women's Day
International Women's Day on 8 March is an occasion for us to focus attention on violence against women and girls, and to join with other faith-based organisations in discussions about the current status of efforts to achieve gender equity. In 2019, the Women and Gender Staff Unit took part in a "future workshop" organised by the Feminist Theologians' Interest Group.
► Go to the Feminist Theologians' Interest Group (in German)
We organise workshops where key individuals from partner churches and organisations involved in our cooperation programmes can acquire skills for their advocacy work on the ground. Each year, the Women and Gender Staff Unit organises an advocacy workshop in Basel, based on the Training of Trainers (ToT) concept. The participants share about their experiences and the daily challenges posed by advocacy work, and they receive support so that they can act as multipliers in their local context to pass on the concepts, instruments and experiences that they have learned and acquired in the workshop.
Mission 21 is also part of an ecumenical coalition of faith-based organisations which conducts an international training course on advocacy for women's human rights in Geneva. Participants gain insights into the UN's structures and instruments, with a particular focus on CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and shadow reports as important tools for advocacy work.