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AdvocacyRaising Voice as "ONE"

November 30, 2016

Gayathri R. Menon, Scranton Scholar of Union Christian College in India“I speak not for myself, but for those without voice” said Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel prize laureate. She’s a symbol of how young girls and women, across the world have to struggle to win her rights and dream of better world where they could live freely. Violence against women is worldwide, yet still hidden problem. Every form of violence threatens all women and limits our ability to make choices about our lives. So it’s important that women, fight for this cause as ‘One,’ raising their ‘Voice as One.’ Women’s rights are essentially the rights that promote a position of legal and social equality of women with men. Tracing through history, we always find that women are always subjected to extreme prejudices and injustices only because they’re born as ‘a woman’! What we faced were the atrocities of a patriarchal society, which oppressed women and their rights. As the famous saying goes, “women’s rights are human rights ” which means women around the world are entitled to all these rights but, women and girls are still denied of them, simply because of their gender. Essentially women’s rights as put forth by the United Nations include the right to live, free from slavery and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage.To belong to a country with such diversity of culture and people as in India are a proud thing but it’s the same ‘India’ which has often seen cruel and inhumane practices for the sake of culture.  And the far increasing rates of women being subjected domestic violence and rape are a frightening thought to girls and women in India. The Delhi Gang rape which caught international attention is one amongst them. As a girl, I’ve had experiences wherein there were restrictions about choosing my clothing and how my wishes to travel, career choices were denied due to the only reason of being a girl. A much more disturbing fact was, when, some of my closest friends were denied opportunities to higher education for the sake of marriage. In India, there’s a far more distressing problem of ‘dowry’, a custom still abided by many families. Girls and women are human beings and not animals that are to be bought or sold! These issues can’t be dealt individually and it’s group efforts from both men and women that’ll put a stop to violence against women. Personally, I look up to the aspiring women leaders and social activists we’ve had. These distressing issues can’t be solved by a single individual but by way of creating young leaders, who are responsible and responsive to change ways of culture and very thinking of this patriarchal society. Growing up in a state that has always supported women empowerment, I feel the true empowerment arises within. It’s up to us to realize our potential and achieve our personal goals. Any hindrance that comes forth could be solved by our willingness and if one’s rights have been denied, there are law and policy made by the government which is ensuring that we, as women, as young girls, could lead a life we dream of. The constitutional and legal rights in India have been strengthened for this purpose. I am reminded of the several NGO’s that has come up for this reason; ‘Bodhini’ which is a notable non-governmental organization has come up with the slogan of “Freedom from Fear”. “When the whole world’s silent, even one Voice becomes powerful” said Malala Yousafzai, who’s an unwavering source of hope to all future women leaders. What matters most is our awareness and responsiveness to any situation when a woman is harassed or tortured on the basis of her gender. Let’s put an end to this by raising our voice, be it our homes or streets, let us believe and work as “One” towards a better, free world! 

AdvocacyGod created both man and woman on the same level.

November 28, 2016

Ruth Kause, Scranton Scholar of Satya Wacana Christian University in IndonesiaI was born in a poor province in eastern part of Indonesia where parents’ role is central in children’s lives. Being born as a woman had put me under situation that one day I have to leave my house and family and live with my own family. This situation is just not happen for me yet for every girl who has the same culture background as me. In our culture, when there is a couple who wants to get married, the male should pay several amount of money and some animals for the female family. We called it “mahar” or “dowry”. This at the first place was meant as appreciation for the girl’s family who had grown the girl until he got to marry her, yet on the implementation it happened to be all the way around. Dowry nowadays become more like the male pay several money and animals for the female and that means that he buy her and she has no more rights, even for rights for life. In addition, the female has to change her family name into her husband’s name. As what I understand about women’s rights as rights that had given by God to a woman since she was born and should not be interfered by anyone, or anything then instigates me that there is something goes wrong. A woman cannot be valued only by money. Even when people get married, it does not literally mean the husband own the wife. People get married because they need each other. Yet, the fact that there are many people who do not share the same way is thrilled me. I cannot imagine what is going to happen in the future if people keep think that they can buy a woman they like and then take off all of her rights. For instance, although the wife is dying, she cannot go to hospital without her husband’s permission, and so on. Since this kind of thing is still happen until now, I really wish that there are more women who understand their rights and stand still to fight for justice. To be able to do this in my opinion women should get enough education and knowledge so that men will not underestimate them but also I want every women to realize that God granted us with such an amazing rights that we need to protect and use it for other’s good. In order to make this possible, there is one way that I am as a theological student can offer, that is through the preaching. We tend to read the Bible and interpret it from patriarch perspective, which is somehow put women on lower position. So I what I am trying to offer is reading and preaching the Bible from new perspective that can show us that God created both man and woman on the same level so there should not be discriminate in any kind of form. And on the other hand I also wish that there will be more men who can understand and concerned about women’s rights. 

AdvocacyWomen's Rights in Cambodia

November 25, 2016

Viphea Reth, Scranton Scholar of Royal University in CambodiaThe world has dramatically changed and shifted toward an equal world. It was begun when only rich white men had the supreme power and now, ideally, women are equally value and respect. As a matter of fact, Cambodian women are also experienced drastic changes in their lives in term how they are being treated and respected in a positive. However, there are still many challenges women face about their individual rights.  As a Cambodia young educated woman, I can see important changes in Cambodian ways of looking at women’s right. I have to appreciate how women are now view at vital part of the society. Women have the right to vote, some equal payment jobs, position in the government, rights to be educated and many other rights that were not given to them in the past few decades. Nevertheless, there are still challenges that Cambodian society has to work on to further strengthen the women’s rights issues in Cambodia. One of the important issues is women’s right to education. There is high percentage of women going to primary school, but it rapidly decreases as the education level increases. They are being forced by their parents to quit schools and go to work in or out of the country or even to marry. Force and arranged marriage are still a hot topic in Cambodian rural areas. This eventually create further problem including domestic violence. When women are not well education, they are likely the victims of violence, both during their work and at home. One more thing is the lack of access to health care system in Cambodia for women. Statistically, both women in rural and the city are at risk during the labor. Over the past few years, many women died during child delivery due to the fact that there is not enough equipment in the hospital. I am looking forward to seeing those changes to improve this beautiful country.  Personally, I have experienced a time when my family limited my right to education. When I finished my high school, both of my parents and a few of my relatives discourage me to pursue my higher education in the capital city, Phnom Penh because they believed that women do not necessary need higher education to live. They all wanted me to find a job and stay close to home. They were very strict and did not even listen to explanation at first. I was very disappointed, but I still find ways to break this tradition thinking. I applied to a leadership dormitory called Harpswell Foundation, a dorm where not only a place to live and food are provided but also leadership education is provided. I was very excited and happy. I explained my scholarship position to my family and let them to study carefully about Harpswell Foundation. They decided to give me the chance after seeing the potential mission of Harpswell Foundation and my many requests. Looking back to that experience, I am very thankful to Harpswell Foundation. I have always looking for ways to pay for my own scholarship each school year like applying for Scranton scholarship, so that my family can see that education makes me independence. As a result, my family strongly believes in my life goals and me.           Promoting women’s rights might be very difficult in a patriarchy society, but that does not mean it is impossible. I think education is the crucial part of the campaign. Men and women should be given the same opportunity for education, so that there is the gender equality in all fields. Men should learn and of course, practice to give up their desire in term of power to women because they both are equally educated and can do the same thing. Women should claim for their rights to equality. They should deny works that they believe that are not justified for them, but rather fighting for what they want. The family should also be educated about the importance of women’s rights, so they do not stop their daughters from pursuing their dreams. Last but not least, the society has to start enforced the law on gender equality and women’s rights. Law should not set to limit the freedom of women, but rather open a new world for women to live in so women can practice their rights and live in a beautiful world. It all starts with a simple act of caring and fighting for women’s rights. This can trigger and change the perspective of the people on women’s rights.  

Today's PeopleDay of Mary F. Scranton

October 08, 2016

‘October 8th’ is “Day of Mary F. Scranton” that we remember her life and meditate on the practice of love which she did in Jesus Christ. Mary F. Scranton was the first female Missionary in Korea and she was dispatched to Korea in 1885 by the Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (WFMS). She lost her husband when she was 40 and then she came to Korea with her only son, William Scranton (1856-1922) and his wife. William Scranton graduated Yale University and New York University School of Medicine so he could be a doctor and pursue a comfortable life but Ms. Scranton persuaded him to be frontier missionary for Korea. It was a rare case that mother and son dedicated to evangelization of the Korea; mother strived for female equality and educational work and her son focused on medical treatment and church planting. She established the ‘Ewha Girls School’ and managed the ‘Caring for and Saving Woman’s Hospital’ which was for women only. Today, the Ewha Girls School was formerly the Ewha Womans University and Ewha Girls' High School which are the most prestigious women’s schools in Asia. Also, she developed the voluntary service for underprivileged people actively with Bible Women for 25 years. Ms. Scranton died in Korea in 1909 and she was buried in Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery, Seoul. Korean called her ‘esteemed mother’ to show their respect to her.She strived for the missionary work and the education of the women till the end and improved the foundation for the education of Korean women.In 2007, Scranton Women’s Leadership Center was established as the program office of the Foundation to carry on the heritage of Ms. Scranton and the founding mothers of United Methodist Women worldwide. Now, it is the time to share the benefits which we received to the developing countries and then this sharing will change the world like Ms. Scranton enlightened women who were suppressed and not even given names under a male dominated culture. If women in developing countries have the opportunity of education, their lives would change as it has been for Korean women. Continuing Ms. Scranton's legacy, the Center will plant seeds of hope and love in the lives of women around the world. Together, we can create a world where all can experience power and freedom in the love of God.To educate a woman is to educate her family, her society, and her country. This is what we believe. 

Today's PeopleRainbow After A Rainy Day

September 25, 2015

I am Yoke Hartono, a Scranton Scholar from Indonesia. I have earned my bachelor degree of Product Design in February 2014. It was blissful years during my time in Duta Wacana Christian University because of the acknowledged achievements made in my academic life.I am proud to say I was on the dean’s list every semester for 4 years. However, my proudest and latest achievement was when I was given the honor as the second best graduate and received a special prize for having the best final project. For my final project, I researched communication between children and parents through visual-spatial approach by interpreting it into an educational toy. The design concept of this educational toy was based off of traditional Indonesian vehicles. My plan was for young generation to become aware of their national treasures and heritages. Nothing great is easily achieved; I had to go through some trials and hurdles. It was very difficult to manage time between work, school, and homework. Moreover, I fell into depression at the time because I got an incident while doing my work. I almost gave up halfway because I thought the final project was impossible to create. However, with the support from family, lectures, and friends, I slowly gathered the remaining strength I had left. I created the product in a workspace called “Mandiri Craft”. It is a wooden toy factory that rebuilt for the disabled after the 2006 earthquake. A massive earthquake hit Yogyakarta 9 years ago and the area workspace was in was most affected. Most residents lost their limbs because of their ruined houses. After 4 months of commuting 2 hours every day on my motorbike from my home to Mandiri Craft, I finally completed my project. It was a long but rewarding time to be alongside the members of the factory. Although I was the only female in their work area, they welcomed and treated me so well. The people there were incredible; the limit in their mobility did not limit their will, ability, and creativity. No wonder their products were praised for their great quality. Through these circumstances that have occurred I am reminded of God’s goodness in guiding me and blessing me through others without fail. Therefore, I learned the importance to be persistent and look forward to the rainbow that will appear after a rainy day. It is with grace I have received a Scranton Scholarship. Becoming Scranton Scholar meant so much not only to me, but also to my family who was going through hardship. Scranton Women’s Leadership Center gave me the hope to seize my bachelor degree and the opportunity to continue learning about design from experts. From first having nothing, I now have earned the ability to design things that many people entrust me with. Most importantly, being a Scranton Scholar inspired me to be a blessing for other people by helping them achieve their future goals and dreams. I want other people to feel what I felt, which is to feel loved and cared for even in toughest moments.One day I wish to become someone who gives financial aids for those who need education from an early age to college. Many people only think about early education and then leave that thought behind due to financial difficulties. Many parents cannot offer basic education for their children due to their financial difficulties. I have experienced myself through my part-time job as a kindergarten teacher. It helped me understand that early education is essential since it is the golden age to build a human’s characteristic and maximize their potential. Furthermore, I hope the nation will be led by the educated young generation with their beautiful hearts and become an example to society. Photo Credit:1. http://svl.petra.ac.id/repository/jiunkpe/jiunkpe/s1/jdkv/2009/jiunkpe-ns-s1-2009-42405163-12922-mandiri_craft-extras11.jpg2. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7284/9723607374_f9ab0ce72f.jpg

Today's PeopleMy Life as a Christian

September 18, 2015

My Life as a Christian Tri Octaviani Sihombing Being born into a Christian family does not make me a true Christian. Since childhood I was introduced to the church and the bible through my parents. However, I found Christ when I was 18 years old.  In a revival of June 2007, I was challenged to believe and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. That was the point where I became a Christian. Then I went to university, followed a Christian fellowship and began to learn about who Christ is. I spent a journey of my faith in student ministry. I think one day if God allows me, I will ‘pay my debt’ to the student ministry.  Being a true Christian brings very significant change in my life. First of all, I learned to appreciate myself for who I was; I learned to realize that I was a very valuable creature that was created with a noble purpose even before the world began. Once I learned to value myself, I started to appreciate other people for who they are as well.  Being a Christian also taught me to appreciate my life based on the purpose of God. I am trying to live as good as possible; to be a blessing for other people. I learned to love others even especially to those who do not have a strong relationship with me. For example, I am a good friend with those of different religions such as Islam. I learned to forgive, although I was in deep pain and sorrow. This because I always apply everything I do in my life to Colossians 3:23 which states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. This is especially true to my studies. For example, when there is an opportunity to ask questions or open the book during an exam, I choose not to. This is because I remember that what God wants from me is not just a matter of achievement but of a holy life before Him. In my journey as a Christian, only the Grace of God can help me enjoy during the highs and lows of my life.  Being a Scranton Scholar means so much to me! Every achievement I have made, including becoming a Scranton Scholar, proves that God is working in my life. I hope the experience as a Scranton Scholar will help me see what is happening in the world. I know that becoming a Scranton Scholar means having relationships with many great people who have different mindsets and do great works that will help me learn in a wider scale. In addition, I hope that by becoming a Scranton Scholar I will be able to increase my capacity to help more people around me.  I have a vision to help the poor and marginalized within my society achieve basic human rights. I want to start by educating the young generation who have the passion and potential to work in the government in the future. This is why I feel that working in a university will be very effective for this vision. By becoming a lecturer, I hope that each of my students not only intellectual knowledge but also spiritual knowledge. Thus, in the future they can open their eyes to the injustice and fight for just and equal treatment knowing that God loves every human being the same. Photo Credits:1. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Fifth_Station_of_the_Cross,_Simon_of_Cyrene_helps_Jesus_carry_the_Cross,_Ganjuran,_Bantul,_Java,_Indonesia.jpg2. https://quakergirl.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/jesus_helping_the_poor_jpg-magnum.jpg 

Today's PeopleSocial Transformation through Women's Education

September 07, 2015

My name is Koeurn Chhoeurt and I am 23 years old. I graduated from the Royal University of Phnom Penh on 12 June 2015, majoring in Physics. I am originally from Siem Reap province, which is a famous province in Cambodia. I am a second daughter of a big family with seven members: one older sister, two younger brothers, an old grandmother, and parents. My father is 48 years old; he is a solider and a farmer. My mother is 47 years old; she is a farmer and housewife. My older sister is 25 years old. She graduated from high school, but she was not able to pursue her Bachelor at university because my parents could not support her studying. She needed to find a job to support the entire family. She now works at the Siem Reap International Airport. My two younger brothers, who are 18 and 16, are students in high school. I graduated from my high school in July 2011. In September, I moved to Phnom Penh to pursue my Bachelor in the university. Although my family cannot financially support my studying, I could attend university because I got a scholarship from a foundation. It is called the Harpswell Foundation and leadership center for Women University. Their mission is to empower the young women in Cambodia to become leaders. The Harpswell Foundation is a kind of women dormitory that provides me food, housing and variety of classes. If there was not this dormitory, I could not pursue my bachelor degree, and I could not stayed in Phnom Penh because it is not easy for a girl to stay alone in the City without any relative.This is a  stereotype for being Khmer traditional women. Khmer women are supposed to be modest, soft-spoken, "light" walkers, well-mannered, industrious, belong to the household, and act as the family's caregivers and caretakers and financial controllers. In the past, women in Cambodia were rarely allowed to study because the elderly people were afraid that they would have written love letters or had voices against the men if they got the higher education.  In recent years, things have changed, the girls are able to obtain education, but only some girls in rural areas can get the high degree. I am very lucky having a chance to get the education. As I moved to Phnom Penh and attended variety of classes in my school, I have realized that the life as an educated woman is completely different from the life of my peers who cannot get chances for higher education. I have been given more opportunities to explore my country and the world; I have also gotten many chances to know more about my society, mainly political issues. Thus, I can make a decision and solve problems properly based on what I learned and realized from my studies. According to my culture norm, making decisions are most likely men`s roles. Therefore, it is not easy for women to propose ideas challenging the status quo. Since I attended my university, I have noticed that male classmates seemed ignoring the female students who have little knowledge. After seeing that, my friends and I have changed their stereotypes on women. We showed our abilities during classes, and earned higher scores than men in every test. Moreover, my friends and I always shared our ideas and learned from mistakes. We never stopped studying and learning new things. On the other hand, being an educated woman enables me to obtain my rights as a woman and consider what is right and wrong. For example, I avoided getting married at a younger age and have become brave enough to travel to other places and works.  With the education I have received, society can achieve gender equality properly, especially in welfare. Moreover, I recognized that the educated women’s roles in the society are very important. They have their own rights to promote peace and stop violence against women and children. The countries with a majority of educated women are able to boost the social transformation because women are one of the factors to develop countries through their knowledge. Therefore the education for women and girls are very vital.Being a Scranton`s scholar means a lot to me as I successfully graduated from my bachelor degree because Scranton provided me with tuition. After I got the support from Scranton, my family could extend their capacity to support younger brother’s education.  Scranton scholarship not only has helped me, but it also has supported my whole family. Moreover, Because of Scranton scholarship, I have known new friends and other Scranton’s scholars from Asian countries. My dream is to pursue my Master degree in Physics in South Korea. I am glad that my dream is coming true and I am very thankful for the support of the Scranton Women Leadership Center.I believe that I am on the way to reach my goal and I have an ambitious vision to a make change in my community, society, country and the entire world. After I earn my master degree, I want to work in a University as a Physics lecturer because I know that education is the weapon to develop a country and its human resource. I will share my knowledge in natural sciences and my leadership to the next generations in my country, Cambodia. Moreover, I want to be a founder of an organization that provides education and food for homeless children as to give them better lives. Then, my success is not only mine but a valuable resource to my community and my country.Photo Credit:Photo #3: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-384-women-and-girls-education-in-cambodia/updates/?subid=21787

Today's PeopleThe Will of the Person will Achieve Great Things

August 25, 2015

 “And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God to them who are the called according to His purpose. “ - Romans 8:28 King James VersionI am Aiko Canales Eugenio, I am 25 years old and a graduate of the Bachelor of Science major in Psychology in Trinity University of Asia from the Philippines. As I recall my college years, I am blessed with an achievement of a Dean’s Lister from School Year 2008 until 2011. This feat is a category granted for students who reach a specific general weighted average (GWA) that must be maintained within a given academic term or year. I am able to gain one of the highest averages of 1.61. Not only have I been able to keep this achievement, but also I am an active member of different academic and non-academic organizations of my alma mater. The organizations I am a part of are the Psychology Society, College of Arts and Sciences Society, Honor Society and Trinity Center for Community Development. All support the University in carrying out its vision and mission to a life that is God-centered and in service to the community. These social-learning programs aim for the students, faculty and administration to extend their services to people of need. There is one outreach experience I had in rural mountain place of Olongapo City that made me attentive to the children scarce of basic needs and educational resources. We have provided them gifts including school supplies, food and clothing. As a young lady, I have learned to deal and appreciate the poor community with patience and integrity. I thank the Lord because He used me to share and proclaim the gift of salvation to my friends, classmates and teachers. I know that this is the best accomplishment I’ve earned so far; that is to be a shining light, have a good testimony and have an excellent performance in school.  I believe that there is really a rainbow after the rain. After four long years of hardship, I am now graduate and facing the world of service by the grace of God. I am grateful and thankful to God because He placed me in the educational setting to work. Right now, I am currently working at Grace Christian College’s Kindergarten Department as an Office staff and an occasional Substitute Teacher. In this institution provided by the Christian environment, I actively partake in different tasks and responsibilities. I am happy to share that I have lots of accomplishments like being involved and active in GRACE PROMOTION, GRACE-TASK-FORCE, GRACE LANGUAGE COMMITTEE wherein all these activities cater the needs of parents, students and even the foreign students who come to our school.   In my home church, The Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, I am a consistent donor of blood every 3 months in our “Blood-Letting drive” project. I also continue to teach high school girls in Sunday school and play an active part in children’s club ministry, choir member and as a leader in our Single Working Young People program. In the career ministry, we do “Handog Kalinga,” meaning helping children suffering from cancer by giving gifts and foods to them during Christmas season. And every Saturday after I work in the office, I spend my time teaching children in our “Saturday Bible School“. These are all my accomplishments and I will still continue to dedicate myself beyond my capacity as an individual because I believe that this is an opportunity and privilege to serve God and we should use our talents by sharing it with others.   My passion is people; I want to be of help to those who struggle in different areas of their lives. Because of this passion, I want to pursue a Master’s Degree in Family Studies and become a Counselor to further understand the proper behavior in families and its effect on individuals in our society. From my studies, I noticed that many people have imbalanced personalities mainly because their families were not able to offer proper care and love. They lack the training they need from the family and as a result, their behaviors affect the community. I look forward that someday I can achieve my goal to become an effective Counselor not only in school, but also in my country and to the world. Scranton Scholar has been that answered prayer; it really benefited me a lot. Scranton not only helped me financially in my studies, but it motivated me to strive and excel in every endeavor of my life.  It has been my inspiration in all circumstances and successes I have encountered. I never thought I can come this far and pay for my tuition fees prior to encountering Scranton Women’s Leadership Center. I know that meeting this organization is God’s sufficient grace.What a great opportunity to be part of Scranton. When you’re a member of Scranton you are inspired to study because all your duties and efforts are acknowledged and appreciated. Everything in my life has changed; they were all there from the very start of my journey and still concerned about my career in life to this very day.  There is no indicated time or age to start striving hard; it is the will of the person. To achieve greatness is never late to anyone who wants it. You just need to have faith and desire.  -Aiko C. Eugenio I am proud to say, I am a Scranton Scholar and because of people like Scranton I now have a brighter future!   

AdvocacyHome for Former Sex Workers

July 07, 2015

When they were young, they were lauded as heroes, having sacrificed themselves and contributed to the economy after the war. The government told them that the money they brought in would rebuild a ravaged Korea. Fifty years later, these heroes are literally being pushed from their homes, unable to pay the heating bills. “Now that we’re old, we’re discarded,” said Ms. Sook Ja Kim.Ms. Kim is a former sexual worker, exploited by her country and the US servicemen who lived on the military base. While there is a stigma in sharing her story, this “grandma,” as she is called in an endearing term, is telling her story in the hopes of achieving justice for the hundreds of women like her. Ms.  Kim told of how she was driven into prostitution by an abusive mother who would wait by the bedroom door to collect the money her daughter made. The subsequent abuse came not only from her family, but from her government. Among other atrocities, for years, she was under surveillance and prodded internally by government-mandated twice-weekly gynecological exams.Ms. Sook Ja Kim, center, shares a smile after a tear-filled meeting, recounting the struggles of former prostitutes in Korea. Ms. Soon Duk Woo, director of the Sunlit Sisters’ Center, supports Ms. Kim and the other 70 women in their 70s and 80s who come for fellowship to share their stories, dance, make art, share a meal, and worship in Anjung-Ri near Camp Humphreys. The women pray together at the center because of the social stigma in attending church. Many of the women are aging alone, having given up for adoption any children they birthed. Harriett Olson, United Methodist Women, receives a thank you from Soon Duk Woo for the support of Sunlit Sisters’ Center in Korea, a place of advocacy and hope for marginalized women who worked on American military bases. “We want these women to live with smiles on their faces,” said Ms. Woo, Ed., who received her master’s degree from Ewha University, a university begun by a Methodist missionary and supported by United Methodist Women. Ms. Woo credits Ewha with giving her the courage to open the center. (Ms. Woo received a scholarship for her studies from the international ministries committee of United Methodist Women. Indeed, the Sunlit Sisters’ Center was built with a ten thousand dollar grant from United Methodist Women.)Ms. Woo described the immediate challenge facing these elderly women. They receive approximately $400 from the government, yet their rent is $300. The $100 left in their budget is not enough to cover the heat. As the military base continues to expand and create housing for US military families, the elderly women are forced to move, leaving them destitute.Ms. Woo asked for allies on behalf of two struggles: the first is for financial support to pay the heating bills in the women’s one-room homes; and the second is to support a lawsuit filed on behalf of 122 women, who are seeking compensation from the South Korean government for the atrocities committed upon them.Although the civil war ended decades ago, there is still no peace. “It is because of the stalemate that the US can have military bases in Korea. It is a human rights issue,” said Sung-Ok Lee, associate general secretary and deaconess, United Methodist Women. More than sixty years later, Ms. Lee said, “The Korean War has not officially ended.”The ones who are paying for the war are the “grandmothers.”

Today's PeopleSearching for the Vision of Life

April 09, 2015

[STEP 2-2. Global Justice Volunteer]   At the same time, I also felt thankful with what I have but that is not really thankful thing. It was about sorry. I started to think about what do I have, how should I live and what should I be. What kinds of leadership can be created in this field? Above all what is the leadership?   And soon as, I realized that how I am privileged person. How I have such a great power and ability. And I thought about, what can I do with what I have, how can I live with my power that God gave me. How can I use it?   Aha! Empowering and encouraging others! That is the leadership. I can give my power and interest to promote and seek justice and peace by contribution, dedication, commitment, responsibility, and way to being with the people. That is empowering leadership. And that is why we are so privileged and powerful. Because privileged means same as responsibility. We have to use our resources to work together and live together with others. That is a one of ways to show and use our leadership to make better God’s world.   [STEP 3. Scranton Women’s Leadership Center ]   After that, I went back to Canada for a while, and I applied for an internship program to Scranton Women’s Leadership Center while I was in Canada. Because I wanted to be flowing water which means I wanted to contribute to raise young women leaders and create their leadership through the center. I was appreciated what I have learn from the center and connection, so I really wanted to give my hands.   While I work at the center I was trained as an administrative worker by the center. We coordinated and managed various programs to develop women’s leadership which were very meaningful and valuable jobs. So we had to see what other people cannot see. I had such a wonderful time there with my colleagues for a year. And moreover I have met so many amazing grown and growing women leaders during I was in the center,   At that time, my issues had been changing. I was still thinking about what is real justice and peace is in the world, but more like, where should be my standing point? What kinds of filed should I focus on. Because there are so many kinds of different or related justice and peace issues in this world and society. So I wanted to find my own area of justice and peace. That was the point which makes me to move to the next step.   =================================   [STEP 2-2. 국제정의봉사단]   그 당시에, 저는 제가 가지고 있는 것들에 대해서 감사하게 생각하기도 했지만 그것은 정말 감사한 것만은 아니었습니다. 그것은 죄스러움이었습니다. 저는 제가 무엇을 가지고 있는지, 어떻게 살아가야 하는지, 어떤 사람이 되어야 하는지 생각하기 시작했습니다. 어떤 분야에서 어떤 종류의 리더십이 창조될 수 있는지, 무엇보다 리더십이라는 것이 도대체 무엇인지 생각하게 되었습니다.   저는 곧 제가 굉장한 특권을 받은 사람이라는 것을 깨달았습니다. 제가 얼마나 큰 힘과 능력을 가지고 있는지 말입니다. 그리곤 저는 저의 특권으로 무엇을 할 수 있는지, 그리고 하나님의 주신 저의 영향력을 어떻게 사용하며 살아갈 수 있는지 고민하였습니다.   아하! 다른 사람들에게 힘을 나눠주는 것. 그것이 바로 리더십이구나! 제가 가진 힘과 관심사를 ‘기여, 헌신, 책임 그리고 다른 사람들과 함께 함’으로 정의와 평화를 위해 사용할 수 있다는 걸 알게 되었습니다. 그리고 그것이 우리가 특권과 영향력을 가진 이유입니다. 왜냐하면 특권은 곧 책임이라는 뜻이기 때문입니다. 우리는 우리의 자원들을 다른 사람들과 함께 일하고 사는 것에 사용해야 합니다. 그것이 더 나은 하나님의 세상을 만들기 위한 우리의 몫입니다.   [STEP 3. 스크랜턴여성리더십센터]   GJV가 끝나고 저는 다시 캐나다로 돌아가서는 스크랜턴여성리더십센터의 인턴십 프로그램에 지원했습니다. 저는 센터를 통해 젊은 여성 리더들을 양육하는데 기여하는 ‘흐르는 물’이 되고 싶었습니다. 센터로부터 제가 배운 것과 네트워크에 매우 감사했기 때문에 저 역시 센터에 기여하고 싶었습니다.   센터에서 일하는 동안 행정 실무자로서 훈련을 받았습니다. 우리는 여성 리더십을 발전시키기 위한 다양한 프로그램을 개발하고 관리하는 가치 있는 일을 했습니다. 그렇기 때문에 우리는 다른 사람들이 보지 못하는 것을 보아야만 했습니다. 센터에 있는 다른 동료들과 저는 일 년 동안 매우 멋진 시간을 보냈습니다. 무엇보다 센터에 있는 동안 저는 영향력 있는 여성 리더들과 현재 성장 중인 여성 리더들을 만났습니다.   그 당시에 저의 이슈는 변했습니다. 저는 여전히 이 세상에서 무엇이 진정한 정의이고 평화인지 고민하고 있었지만 무엇보다 어느 곳이 제가 서 있어야 할 자리인지에 대해서 고민했습니다. 어떤 분야가 제가 집중해야 하는 곳인지 말입니다. 왜냐하면 이 세상과 사회에는 너무나 다양한 정의와 평화에 대한 이슈가 있기 때문입니다. 그래서 저는 평화와 정의에 대한 제 자신만의 영역을 찾고 싶었습니다. 그것이 저를 다음 스텝으로 움직이게 한 원동력이었습니다.  

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