As mandated by the Regional Committee Meeting in 2004, the RWP (Regional Women’s Programme) – SCM Joint Women’s Programme began in 2005.
The objectives are to develop:
The first RWP-SCM Joint Women’s Programme of WSCF Asia-Pacific in 2005 took place in Bangladesh on 18-22 May in Meherpur. The theme of the programme was “Building an equal world both for women and men”. 35 members from 7 units of Bangladesh SCM participated in this programme that includes the unit-level women’s officers and among the men participants are the executive committee members in the unit-level. This is a strategic inclusion as these leaders are identified to motivate changes and improvement in the programme planning and implementation of Bangladesh SCM.
Ms. Wong Yock Leng and Ms. Nurgis Sultana were the resource persons and Senior Friend Ms. Keka Adhikary assisted with translation and facilitated small group discussions in the whole programme.
Yock Leng, Regional Women’s Coordinator of WSCF AP, helped to facilitate 4 sessions: Trust Building, Gender Analysis, Theological Reflection and Structural Analysis of the SCM. Her inputs highlighted on gender socialisation, power structures and relations between women and men. The theological reflections covered the parables of the Bent Woman, Comparison of Jairous and the Haemorraghing Woman, and the women who witnessed the resurrection of Jesus. In the Structural Analysis of the SCM, the participants analyze their own SCM structures in terms of leadership positions and gender distribution in these positions. The 2 nights of Women & Men Caucus discussed on the impact of patriarchy on both women and men in the Bangladesh reality.
Another resource person, Ms. Nurgis Sultana, from the Meherpur Judge Court, gave input on Women in Bangladesh from the legal point of view, and also highlighted the importance and urgency to understand Women’s Rights in the general work on Human Rights.
The discussion on Follow-Up work saw commitment from the Central Committee of Bangladesh SCM to organise another Women’s Programme for the same participants who attended this one so that they could move to a next level in women’s concerns and gender issues hence garnering the skills and knowledge to plan and implement women’s programmes in their own local units. It was suggested that more emphasis could be focused on theological reflections and understanding, especially on feminist theologies.