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Advocacy for Women Endowment Fund At Work In the Philippines

Advocacy for Women Endowment Fund At Work In the Philippines

In Tagaytay City, Philippines, Lizette Tapia Raquel sings a musical version of the United Methodist Social Creed. A UMNS Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert. Accompanies UMNS story #062. 2/23/11.

October 18, 2013

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women is called “to challenge The United Methodist Church . . . to a continuing commitment to the full and equal responsibility and participation of women in the total life and mission of the Church, sharing fully in the power and in the policy-making at all levels of the Church’s life.”    ¶2102, The Book of Discipline

Funding from the Advocacy for Women Endowment Fund is making it possible for United Methodist women in the Philippines to learn leadership skills to help better serve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Representatives of annual conferences across the Philippines will gather for a leadership training event sponsored by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women and the Board of Women’s Work, a group working for women’s rights in the Philippines Central Conference of the UMC.

The agenda will include taking stock of where women are succeeding and where they are being left behind, empowering young women, learning how men and women can work together for women’s leadership in all areas of the church, and discussing sexual ethics, said Audrey J. Krumbach, GCSRW’s Director of Gender Justice and Education.

GCSRW offered a similar training last March for members of annual conference Committees on the Status and Role of Women – commonly referred to as COSROWs. Realizing they could not afford to send large numbers of women to Nashville for that event, leaders at the Board of Women’s Work proposed that GCSRW offer a similar program in the Philippines.

They put together a thorough proposal that included who they would invite, how they would organize the event, what they wanted to learn and a budget for GCSRW and BWW contributions.  Phebe Crismo, a GCSRW board member from the Northern Philippines Annual Conference, put BWW Officer in Charge Jennifer Feraiza Meneses in touch with Krumbach to discuss the possibilities.

Krumbach and Meneses will co-lead the seminar, which will be offered in October or November of 2014. Money from the Advocacy For Women fund, a part of The United Methodist Church Foundation, will cover some of the local costs of the event.

Organizers are hoping for a couple of representatives from most of the country’s annual conferences -- somewhere between 40 and 75 women and men -- to attend, Krumbach said.  The training is for both clergy and lay leaders.

Since 1972, GCSRW has been charged with monitoring, research, education and advocacy to eradicate sexism in the United Methodist Church.  The event helps the agency meet two of its central goals, to train women leaders and to support Central Conference women.

The UMC Development Center is in partnership with GCSRW to help raise the presence and endowment of the Advocacy for Women Fund.