WSCF Asia-Pacific Region

This page introduces the members, activities and leaders of the WSCF Asia-Pacific Region

WSCF Asia-Pacific Region
The WSCF Asia-Pacific Region is part of WSCF’s global fellowship of Christian students. We organise conferences, training events and solidarity activities. WSCF Asia-Pacific currently has a membership of 16 national Student Christian Movements (SCMs).

Countries with WSCF Asia-Pacific Region member and contact movements include:

Aotearoa Australia
Bangladesh Cambodia
Hong Kong India
Indonesia Japan
Korea Myanmar
Philippines Singapore
Sri Lanka Taiwan
Thailand Timor Leste

WSCF Asia-Pacific Region Activities
Some of the main areas of WSCF work in Asia-Pacific
are listed below.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Activities:
Student Empowerment for Transformation (SET)
Student Empowerment for transformation leadership training programmes typically include keynote presentations, Bible studies, student forums with national reports, exposure programmes and action plans. The annual programmes are hosted by different national movements and focus on themes of current concern within the region. Recent SET programmes have looked at issues such as: Alternative Education in the Context of a Pluralistic Society in the Asia-Pacific -The Role of the Student Christian Movement (2004).

WSCF Asia-Pacific Activities:
Human rights and Solidarity work
The WSCF Asia-Pacific region responds to human rights issues in the region through education, direct action and through its human rights and solidarity internship programme. Recent human rights and solidarity work has focused on: Transformation of Ethnic Conflict and Ecumenical Movements in Sri Lanka (2004) and protesting the inclusion of education and health in the WTO talks (2005).

WSCF Asia-Pacific Activities:
School for Ecumenical Leadership Formation
The SELF programme is specially designed to train frontier ecumenical leaders in specific social realities and concerns confronting Asia-Pacific peoples. SELF programmes provide a comprehensive 25 to 35 day long leadership course for leaders in SCMs and the churches. The major components of SELF training typically include presentations, seminar work and dialogue on issues such as peace building, globalisation, human rights, feminism, economic justice, ecology, ecumenism, inter-faith dialogue, social movements and community organising. Exposure trips are also organized in the locale of the courses to enable participants to relate their learning to people's struggles.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Activities:
Regional Women’s Programme
The Regional Women’s Programme organises annual training events in women’s empowerment and gender justice for the region. These programmes include: Women Doing Theology programmes and Feminist/Womanist and Gender partnership programmes. Women Doing Theology Programmes usually consist of Bible Studies from Women’s Perspectives, Feminist Theology, Asian Feminist Theology and the impact and relevance of Asian Feminist Theology in SCM and WSCF. Women Doing Theology programmes also include exposure to local realities and sharing of her-stories -input from each participant from her journey as a woman in the midst of her own socio-economic and political backdrop.Concluding each programme is the development of an action plan for ongoing implementation of new insights in participant’s home countries. Gender partnership programmes involve both women and men and consist of Bible Study, Gender analysis, exposure to people’s struggles (through local NGOs) and the development of action plans for ongoing education or implementation of new gender partnership models in the participants' home countries.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Activities:
WSCF Asia-Pacific Publications
The WSCF Asia-Pacific Region publishes a regional magazine entitled Praxis which reports on the regional and national activities within the Asia-Pacific. WSCF Asia-Pacific also regularly publishes new titles in Biblical studies, theology and movement issues in the WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Book Series.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Activities:
Christian Conference of Asia-WSCF Joint Programmes
CCA-WSCF Joint programmes bring together SCMers and young people from the Asia-Pacific region's broader ecumenical movement. Programmes usually follow similar lines to the training programmes of WSCF/SCMs and can be carried out at national, sub-regional or regional levels depending on the thematic focus and the ecumenical formation needs of young people in different parts of the region.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Region
Three committees are responsible for the leadership of the Asia-Pacific Region, Regional Committee, Standing Committee and Regional Women’s Committee.

The Regional Committee meets every two years and is made up of staff, officers and two representatives each of the region’s national member movements. The Standing Committee meets every year as the ongoing oversight group for Regional Committee. The Regional Women’s Committee meets once every four years to set direction for the women’s and gender justice work of the region.
All WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Committees are required to have at least 50% women and 50% student representation.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Leadership
The following profiles introduce some of the leaders of the
WSCF Asia-Pacific Region.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Secretary
Ms. Sunita Sumati Suna (India)
WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Office
Unit 1-2, 18/F
280 Portland St. Commercial Bldg.
Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: + 852 238 52 550
Fax: + 852 278 23 980

Ms. Sunita Sumati Suna hails from India, a member of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) and belongs to the Lutheran Church (Jeypore Evangelical Lutheran Church ) - JELC, a member Church to the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). She speaks Odiya, Hindi, English languages as well as tribal dialects of Odisha region, . She has done her Gender Studies , Developmental Studies (DDS from the UTC, Bangalore), , besides she holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. Sunita started her ecumenical journey with SCM/ WSCF in 1995 and since then has been actively involved in the student movement. She concedes that her ecumenical journey has shaped her perspectives to articulate her faith into praxis, and her passion for this unique student movement has motivated her to persistently sustain in this vocation for such a long time. Prior to her appointment as the Regional Secretary of WSCF AP in 2012, she worked on women's issues in a number of ecumenical and human rights organisations in India and in the Asia-Pacific region. Sunita has served as the National Study Secretary of SCM India from 2002 to 2005, as WSCF Inter‐Regional Women’s Coordinator from 2005 to 2007, being based in Geneva and than in Nairobi and Regional Women’s Coordinator of WSCF AP from 2007 to 2011 based in Hong Kong. Sunita brings her rich experience of working with SCMers in the region for over a decade and has demonstrated her passion, dedication and commitment to the Ecumenical Vision and empowerment of young people, especially young women in the Asia Pacific Region.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Region Chairperson
Mr Jahartap Yustin Pasaribu
Jl. Pendidikan III No. 242 RT/RW 006/001
Tambun-Bekasi, 17510, Indonesia

Yustin Pasaribu is a graduate of Diponegoro University, Semarang, in Central Java, where he majored in Industrial Engineering. Since 1999 Yustin has been a member of Indonesian movement GMKI and was part of the GMKI National Executive Committee as Treasurer from 2004 – 2006. He served as the Chairperson for General, Communication and International Affairs from 2006 – 2008. Yustin currently serves as a member of the WSCF A-P Region's Human Rights Committee.

WSCF Asia-Pacific Region Vice-Chairperson
Ms Phan Dara

WSCF Asia-Pacific Programme : 2009

WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Programme 2009
World Student Christian Federation Asia Pacific (WSCF AP)
2009 Program and Meeting Announcement

EASYNET Coordinating Team (CT) Meeting
January 11 - 15, 2009, YMCA Philippines, Manila, Philippines

The EASYNET CT meeting is the annual meeting of the regional coordinating bodies of EASYNET. It is composed of representatives from the six member regional organizations of EASYNET. The agenda for this CT Meeting includes reviewing and evaluating the work of EASYNET in 2008, including the ASYG; planning for joint programs in 2009; appointing its moderator for 2009; and reviewing applications for the new full-time Regional Coordinator of EASYNET for 2009-2010. WSCF A-P is the out-going moderating organization of EASYNET for 2008 and is responsible for preparing and organizing this meeting. WSCF’s A-P Regional Secretary moderates the EASYNET CT and represents WSCF A-P in this meeting.

WSCF Global Officers and Staff Meeting
February 14 - 21,2009, Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

This meeting is the annual meeting of the WSCF Global Leadership Team, composed of the recently elected global officers, global and regional staff of the Federation. This meeting aims to elaborate the 2009 – 2012 WSCF global strategic plan and the 2009 operational plan, including resource allocation and a capacity building plan in order to make the plan viable. Specifically, it aims to share regional needs and priorities in order to build an inter-regional plan that is significant to the life of the SCMs around the world; to set the general criteria, program areas, objectives and expected results for the 2009 – 2012 period; to define the activities and resource allocation for the year 2009; to share the WSCF plans with partners in Geneva; to train the WSCF leadership in subjects significant to carry on the WSCF plans and work.

Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS)”Identity, Diversity and Dialogue”
February 15, 2009 (Global Celebration)

UDPS has been celebrated annually by WSCF and its member movements since 1898. This year’s theme is “Identity, Diversity and Dialogue.” To enable the national movements to commemorate UDPS, the WSCF Inter-Regional Office produces a common liturgy in three languages (English, Spanish, French) for everyone to use and contextualize in each country. This year’s liturgy has been prepared by the WSCF Middle East region. We invite all SCMs in the Asia Pacific region to celebrate this day and utilize the liturgy for their national UDPS celebration. The UDPS Liturgy is available online, and through the regional office and IRO.

Workshop on “Asian Feminist Perspective of Leadership”
February 23 - March 1st, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This workshop will be organized by the Asian Women’s Resource Centre for Culture and Theology (AWRC). The Regional Women’s Programme of the WSCF –AP is WSCF’s member of the AWRC and represents WSCF in the CT Meetings of AWRC. The Women’s Coordinator of WSCF AP will participate in the workshop. The main objectives of the workshop are:
To give space for and encourage voices of women’s experience of oppression – exclusion, marginalization and silencing;
To critique and analyse the existing leadership and power structures as experienced by women;
To examine the texts, traditions, theologies and ideologies that legitimize the oppression of women;
To envision and articulate an inclusive Asian feminist ekklesia and alternative models of leadership.
To build an Asian feminist ekklesia through practising Asian feminist leadership.

CWM Global Consultation on “Combating Human Trafficking”
March 2 - 9,2009, New Delhi, India

The Council for World Mission (CWM), a partner organization of WSCF AP is organizing this joint Global consultation with the CWM South Asia region. CWM is committed to equipping local congregations in the fight against human trafficking by offering them an action plan and a toolkit with which to identify the needs in their local context and to develop relevant projects for combating human trafficking. The theme for the consultation is “Take home the good news: Act to Combat Human Trafficking”. WSCF AP is invited to be part of this consultation and four members (women and men) from SCM Cambodia, SCM Philippines, SCM Thailand and SCM Myanmar will attend in the consultation.

International Women's Day Liturgy
March 8, 2009
Venues: As selected by the Asia-Pacific Region's national Student Christian Movements. Women's programmes and broader programmes of the SCMs are being encouraged by WSCF A-P region to observe International Women's Day with this liturgy, in addition to their involvement in other local and national activities related to the day.
Theme: "Envisioning a Just World for God's Creation: Called to Repent and Reconcile".

“Translating Faith into Action: addressing Gender issues from Dalit Tribal Perspectives”
March 10-19, Visakhapatnam, India

This programme has also been organized by the Council for World Mission in collaboration with partner organizations such as WSCF. The Mission Education Unit has continued to address Dalit and Tribal issues through Training in Mission and Dalit-Tribal issues were lifted up as high priorities for CWM to address in depth. Dalit -Tribal issues need to be addressed in depth and through networking with churches and organisations that are involved in addressing these issues so that a positive impact can be made by working together. CWM therefore will bring all groups together to address the issues related to Dalit-Tribal communities from our faith perspective through this programme. Fifty women and men from CWM member churches in the South Asian region, other churches & organizations including the CWM staff will participate in the programme. The programme includes: Input sessions, Bible studies from the perspectives of Dalits and Tribals, story telling with success stories to motivate and stories with challenges to be encountered with hope and faith, exposure to the community for a live-in experience. Two members from SCM Bangladesh and SCM Sri Lanka will participate in the event.

CCA WSCF Joint Program Committee Meeting (CWP)
March 14 - 15,2009, BCGH, Bangkok, Thailand

The CWP Joint Committee will evaluate joint activities done by CCA and WSCF in previous years and plan for future joint programs. The meeting will review the long-standing partnership between the two organizations and appoint new members of the CWP Joint Committee. WSCF AP representatives to this Committee are the WSCF AP Chairperson, one Exco member and the Regional Secretary.

WSCF AP Regional Women’s Committee (RWC) Meeting
March 11 - 15,2009, BCGH, Bangkok, Thailand

The RWC is the decision-making body of the Regional Women’s Programme of the WSCF AP. The members of this committee are officially elected by the Regional Committee Meeting for the biennium 2009-2010 to represent the sub regions. Six women members from South Asia, South East Asia, North East Asia and Pacific, including the regional WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Women’s Coordinator will attend the meeting. Prior to the RWC there will be a two-day workshop on looking at gender for the purpose of going beyond gender analysis. The objectives of the RWC are to:
- Evaluate the program and the work being done by a critical analysis and sharing on women’s issues and reporting on the women’s programmes in sub regions
- Concrete plans for the Regional Women’s Program in the new quadrennium;
- Implementation strategies for concrete plans;
- Coordinate development on women’s work from the regional level to the national movements and to the sub-regions they represent by helping to carry out women’s programs at these levels;
- Review the process and facilitate the implementation of decisions concerning women made by the Regional Committee by :
- drawing up specific plans for program implementation,
- dividing areas of work among members of the Regional Women’s Committee, making recommendations concerning women for action by the Regional Committee;
- Discussion and planning on budget and fund raising for the next quadrennium

WSCF AP Standing Committee (SC) Meeting
March 15 - 21,2009, BCGH, Bangkok, Thailand

The WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Standing Committee (SC) is the Executive Committee of WSCF A-P region, it is the highest policy-making body of WSCF A-P when the Regional Committee is not in session. This is the regular biennial meeting of the officers and staff of the region composed of the Chairperson, Vice-chair, 2 Exco members, member-at-large and regional staff to review the mandate of the Regional Committee (RC), discuss biennial plans, review the existing policies of the region, approve the budget of the region, evaluate the overall health of the national movements and review the vision of the Federation. This meeting will also evaluate the work and performance of the Regional Secretary in the last biennium before a recommendation is given to the global Executive Committee for approval. The performance of the Regional Women’s Coordinator will likewise be evaluated before a new contract is drawn during this meeting. If you have concerns that you want to be discussed by the Committee, please feel free to send in your ideas and suggestions to the regional office.

EASYNET National Coordinator’s Training
June 23 - 28,2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The EASYNET National Coordinators Training is a program designed for the EASYNET National Ecumenical Teams (NETS) leaders and coordinators at the national level. The program aims to accomplish the following objectives:
:: To assess the 3 year life experience of National Ecumenical Team building through case studies in order to identify its strengths and its previous and recurring weaknesses.
:: Provide a venue for National Coordinators to share their stories and problems, build ecumenical networks and practice ecumenical cooperation towards mutual learning.
:: Enrich the National Coordinators understanding and appreciation of ecumenical partnerships, especially in the midst of poverty and violence unleashed by globalization. Analysis will be done together through seminars, lectures, discussion on the “History and perspectives of the ecumenical youth movement,” “Challenges and Levels of Ecumenical Cooperation,” and “Panel Discussion on National and Youth Situations”.
:: To provide and opportunity to do collective follow up on national plans and commitments made at the Asia Pacific Students and Youth Gathering in 2008.

WSCF AP Human Rights Defenders Training Workshop
July, India

The “Human Rights Defenders Training Workshop for Students” aims to provide students with the skills for human rights advocacy work, develop a human rights campaign strategy and to provide human rights frameworks of analysis. The Human rights framework will be developed by looking at varied aspects of human rights issues from different perspectives (i.e. gender perspective, regional, national, political, cultural, economic). At the end of the workshop, the participants will be equipped with basic knowledge and skills as Human Rights Defenders (HRD) and advocates. Specifically, the HRD Training aims to help students:
Better understand the rights of human rights defenders and the mechanisms that are in place to protect human rights defenders at national and international levels;
Work for human rights in Asia-Pacific countries and gather support in campaigning on these issues in the SCMs and churches in the Asia-Pacific region;
Acquire and develop skills in the human rights and peace works from the SCMs, church groups, Non Government Organization(NGO) and Peace Organization(PO) in the Asia Pacific region;
Strengthen Human Rights Support Group human rights desk in the SCMs

WSCF AP Regional Women Doing Theology (WDT)
August – September

The Women Doing Theology is a regular women’s theological training programme in feminist and womanist theologies, Biblical study and analysis for young women from the national movements. This year the WDT will be held at the regional level. The expected will be around 20 young women representing the National Student Christian Movements. Dates, Venue and theme will be discussed and finalized by the RWC members in the forthcoming RWC meeting in Bangkok.

School for Ecumenical Leadership Formation (SELF)
October, Fiji Island

This year’s SELF program is being proposed to be held in the South Pacific Island of Fiji, recognizing the need to cater to the young people in the Pacific Islands. The program will be attended by students studying at various seminaries of the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools (SPATS) and young people from member churches of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC). A special module will be designed that will incorporate the context and needs of the young people in the Pacific. Target participants are 25 students and young people from various islands in the Pacific.
Generally, SELF seeks to enable participants to:
:: Sharpen awareness and analysis of the social, political and economic setting of the world in the context of Pacific societies and challenge to the churches through sharing of experiences, exposure, studies and reflections.
:: Articulate the Biblical and theological perspectives on burning global issues such as globalization, militarization/war on terror, justice, peace, ecology, gender justice.
:: Trace the history of the ecumenical movement in the national, regional :: Search alternative approaches to communicate and advocate ecumenical witness among students and youth in the concrete life of the peoples.
:: Strengthen ecumenical youth formation in the Pacific.

EASYNET Youth Week Celebration
3rd Week of October (National and Regional)

EASY Net week is specifically designed week in October where young people of EASY Net member movement and partner organizations come together to reflect on issues affecting the lives of young people and to discern its Christian praxis. It is also a time to collectively celebrate our :: To help all youth movements in Asia to focus together on a common :: To create a sense of awareness and solidarity among the youth in Asia in relation to their struggles through the celebration of the Asia Youth Week together.
:: To bridge gaps across countries, languages, cultures, perspectives and focuses.
:: To encourage the youth to get involved in the struggles of peoples in Asia.

SCM National Coordinators and General Secretaries Training and Meeting
November (proposed date)

This Training/Meeting will be attended by the SCM Coordinators and General Secretaries, or representatives that are actively engaged in SCM work at the national level. Following the recommendation of the last SCM National Coordinators and General Secretaries Meeting in 2007, this year’s meeting will include a five-day training program on various skills necessary in movement work and managing an organization. A special training module will be developed based on the training needs analysis that will be conducted three months before the program. The objectives of the programs are as follows:

Objectives :
- Know the status and life of the national movements, identify the common trends, challenges, weaknesses and concerns;
- Strategize for “Movement Building and Strengthening” in the next 2 years;
- Identify the current issues and concerns of the Ecumenical Movement, Youth and Student situation in the national/regional/global context;
- Coordinate programs and activities between national movements and the region;
- Establish camaraderie and closer links between the leaders of the SCMs and the Federation;
- Provide training to the leaders of the SCMs on movement building, organizational development and management, advocacy, fund raising and other necessary skills.

To contact the WSCF Asia-Pacific region directly or view
their website, please follow the details below

WSCF Asia-Pacific Regional Office
Unit 1-2, 18/F
280 Portland St. Commercial Bldg.
Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: + 852 238 52 550
Fax: + 852 278 23 980