November 8, 2007
Dili, Timor Leste
The workshop on women doing theology was focused on the theme “women’s sexuality”. It was held on November 8, 2007 at Hosana IPTL Church compound in Dili and participated by 30 participants coming from church organizations, SCM, YMCA, Nazarene Youth Center and IDPs around Dili.
The aim of the workshop was to promote the issue of women’s sexuality and introduce as well as train the skill of women doing theology by understanding the issue of women’s sexuality in the Bible.
The two main topics were understanding women’ sexuality issue within the socio-cultural context of East Timor presented by Sr. Sergio Freitas, the senior staff from Marie Stopes International Organization and understanding women’s sexuality issue from the Biblical perspective presented by Nina Nayoan, FIM intern.
There was a recommendation by the participants, of the need for sustainable workshop on gender issue in order to deepen and broaden the awareness of women’s empowerment; building the sustainable cooperation with the church to promote gender justice; sharing information about gender problems through group discussion.
One of the challenges during the training was the age difference of participants where most of the church participants and IDPs were married women and more senior than others which sometimes affects the participation balance of all participant. Although the organizer or facilitator was trying to encourage younger participants to speak but seems the more senior participant were likely to dominate the discussion. The other challenge was the language barrier to explain some gender concepts into the Tetum language.