Directors Set 2011 Budget, Criteria for International Disaster Response at Spring Meeting
Women’s Division directors set the division’s 2011 budget, made 2009 Call to Prayer grants and allocated more than $191,972 for repairs and maintenance of United Methodist Women’s national mission institutions at their spring semi-annual meeting in Stamford, Conn., April 8-12. Directors also approved a $15,000 emergency grant to Methodist women of Haiti for food, tents and services to vulnerable communities of Olivier, Yvon, Carenage, Fonduoux and Bois Gency recovering from the January earthquake; and adopted new criteria to guide Women’s Division action in times of international disasters.
Directors set the 2011 budget at $17,673,278 -- including $5.6 million for national and international ministries with women children and youth -- based on anticipated revenue of $17,805,000; and voted Call to Prayer grants totaling $105,800 for international projects and $206,911 for U.S. programs.
Criteria for international disaster response
In the wake of the Haiti earthquake, Women’s Division directors took steps to ensure the inclusion of women’s voices and needs in relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts supported by United Methodist Women and beyond when they adopted new criteria for Women’s Division action in times of international disasters.
The guiding principles call for measurable standards of gender equality in all stages of relief and recovery, and inclusion of women’s groups, particularly grassroots groups, who are empowered and resourced to take public leadership in the long-term process of reconstruction. The adopted principles also call for a human rights-based approach to aid delivery that builds partnership with the people of the country, rather than top-down approaches.
The new criteria require the Women’s Division to:
- Apply the guiding principles in United Methodist Women emergency grant allocation and advocacy;
- Work with the General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist and ecumenical partners to urge them to institutionalize these criteria in all emergency grant making;
- Advocate with major private, national and international donors to involve women’s voices in emergency aid decision-making and to adopt these principles in emergency response.
Women’s division directors also approved:
- Titles for the 2011 United Methodist Women Reading Program list;
- “The Roma of Europe” as the 2013 geographic mission study for United Methodist Women;
- That the Women’s Division President name a transition team to address the governance of United Methodist Women’s new deaconess, home missioner and missionary office.
- Reports on Christian Social Action initiatives, including a new partnership with the General Commission on United Methodist Men to address domestic violence.
Yvette Moore is the editor of United Methodist Women News and managing editor of Response.